God’s hands are hands that are wounded from love. I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never.
“Our God, like a Father with his child, teaches us to walk, teaches us to walk along the path of life and salvation. It’s God’s hands who caress us in our moments of pain and who comforts us. God’s hands are hands that are wounded from love. I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never. Even when he scolds us, he does it with a caress.” – Papa Francis
Pope Francis has decided on the themes for the next three World Youth Days.
- 29th World Youth Day, 2014 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3)
- 30th World Youth Day, 2015 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8)
- 31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow) – “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7)
The three themes are taken from the Gospel Beatitudes. In Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis asked the young people “with all my heart” to read the Beatitudes again and to make them the action plan for their lives: “Look, read the Beatitudes: that will do you good!” (cf. Meeting with the youth from Argentina gathered in the Cathedral of São Sebastião, 25 July 2013).