(The English transcription of the dialogue of Pope Francis with participants in the International Congress for Consecrated Young People on 17th September, 2015.)
I thank you. The Cardinal Prefect told me that you are 5,000 consecrated young people. I will begin with the questions that you prepared and that you had the courtesy to send me.
However, first of all, I know that among you there are consecrated from Iraq and from Syria. I would like to begin with a thought for our martyrs of Iraq and of Syria; they are our martyrs of today. Perhaps you know many or a few … Some days ago, in the Square, an Iraqi priest approached me and gave me a small cross: it was the cross that the priest who was beheaded had in his hand for not denying Jesus Christ. I carry this cross here …