On November 20, 2017, Universal Children’s Day, Pope Francis pleaded for children’s smile.
He published this Tweet, in fact, in nine languages on his account @Pontifex: “Let us work together so that children can look at us smiling and keep a limpid look, full of joy and hope.”
This phrase was taken from an address of the Holy Father to the participants in the World Congress of the Pontifical Gregorian University, organized last October on the “The Dignity of the Child in the Numerical World.”
“On many occasions and in numerous different countries, my eyes meet those of children, poor and rich, healthy and sick, joyful and suffering,” stressed the Pontiff on that occasion. “What are we doing so that these children can look at us smiling and keep a limpid look full of trust and hope? What are we doing so that this light is not robbed from them so that their>eyes are not troubled and corrupted by what they find on the network, which will be an integral part of their framework of life?”
Therefore, Pope Francis encouraged: “Let us work together to always have the right, the courage, and the joy to look into the eyes of the children of the world.”
Translation by Virginia M. Forrester