Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 11, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis – to send the Pope messages marking the first year of his pontificate March 13.

Thousands of messages from around the world in eight different languages can be read on the campaign's website, which was created by the Argentinian group Lindo Lio and inspired by last summer's World Youth Day Rio.

The messages are taken from Facebook or Twitter and should carry the hash tag #ThanksFrancis, or the equivalent in Italian, Arab, German, French, Portuguese or Polish. Anonymous messages can also be sent via the campaign's Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Grazie Francesco's logo is a basin with hands washing feet, which organizers say represents “the greatest expression of service in the Gospel, and was one of the most representative gestures of Francis in his first month as Pope, when he washed the feet of young inmates on Holy Thursday in March of 2013.”

Lindo Lio said its name comes from the Holy Father's call to young people at World Youth Day Rio 2013 to “stir things up in your dioceses. I want to the Church to go out onto the streets!”

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