Pope Francis has advised the youths of Bangladesh spend more time with their families instead of remaining busy with digital devices.
"Keep talking to your parents and grandparents. Do not spend the whole day playing with your phone and ignoring the world around you," he told a gathering at Dhaka’s Notre Dame College premises on Saturday afternoon which drew student participants from different missionary schools and colleges across the country.
The pontiff, in his last programme of the three-day papal visit in Bangladesh, also urged the youth to grow up with the wisdom of God which he said refers to "communal harmony, fraternity and goodness".
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Young Muslims and followers of other faiths joined the rally which the 81-year-old chief Catholic priest noted with joy saying "today you show your determination to foster an environment of harmony, of reaching out to others, regardless of your religious differences."
He advised the youth to keep up social friendship and be determined to say no to anything that would stand on their way to come together and to develop the attitude of helping each other.
"The wisdom of God helps us to know how to welcome and accept those who act and think differently than ourselves. It is sad when we start to shut ourselves up in our little world and become inward-looking," the supreme Catholic leader said.
He said when a certain community, a religion or a society turns into a "little world" they lose the best that they have and plunge into a self-righteous mentality of -- I am good and you are bad".
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Pope Francis, in his last last programme of the three-day visit in Bangladesh, addresses a gathering at the Notre Dame College premises in Dhaka, which drew more than 10,000 student participants from different missionary schools and colleges across the country PID
Pope Francis said the wisdom helps to recognize and reject false promises of happiness while "a culture that makes these false promises cannot deliver; it only leads to a self-centredness that fills the heart with darkness and bitterness".
"Your culture teaches you to respect the elderly . . . elderly (people) help us to appreciate the continuity of the generations (as) they bring with them memory and the wisdom of experience, which help us to avoid the repetition of past mistakes," he said.
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The Pope said the senior people have the "charisma of bridging the gap", to ensure that the most important values are passed down to their children and grandchildren.
Francis, the leader of the nearly 3 billion Roman Catholic concluded his speech by saying "God Bless Bangladesh" in Bengali.