On a day of protests and clashes in Venezuela, two young people were assassinated. Carlos José Moreno Barón was killed while on his way to a football pitch. He did not reach his destination. Paola Ramírez Gómez, 23, was killed while returning from a job interview as she was passing in front of San Carlos Square in San Cristóbal. Neither of them was participating in the protests.
Surprising everyone yet again, Pope Francis, together with thousands of young people last weekend in Milan, has raised a new challenge for the Church, offering the wonderful task of confronting the reality of young people, talking to them, listening to them and together with them being challenged in the light of the Gospel.
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Pope Francis is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of our time; it is impossible for a believer to understand the geopolitical and social context while ignoring his interventions. He is a profoundly innovative Pontiff who always surprises us with his teaching impregnated the "freshness" of the Gospel which frightens and shock many people.