Pope Francis & President Obama Speak out in Support of Our Young Leaders—Who Will Not Be Silenced

There were so many moving, uplifting, and inspiring speeches given at the March for Our Lives this past Saturday. Many of them moved us all to tears.

And while the leader of our country spent Saturday at his golf course, and as of this writing, has yet to publicly comment on the March for Our Lives—Pope Francis and President Obama praised our young people for speaking out.

During the homily of Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis urged students to keep shouting and not be silenced:

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“The temptation to silence young people has always existed…

There are many ways to silence young people and make them invisible. Many ways to anesthetize them, to make them keep quiet, ask nothing, question nothing. There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive…

Dear young people, you have it in you to shout…

It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”

President Obama also weighed in on Saturday’s events, as he spoke in Japan:

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These are the leaders our world needs to hear from.

These are the leaders our young people can look up to and respect.

These are the leaders our young people can emulate as they take over the reigns and lead change in our world.

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This post was originally published on The Good Men Project.