Pope Francis on Sunday praised young people for his or her efforts to protect the Earth’s environment and informed them to “be the critical conscience of society.”

Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, crammed with a whole bunch of young devoted, to mark a church day targeted on youth in dioceses worldwide.

“You have been entrusted with an exciting but also challenging task,″ the pontiff said, “to stand tall whereas every little thing round us appears to be collapsing.”

Pope Francis delivering his speech "No one is saved alone – Peace and Fraternity" during an International Prayer Meeting for Peace on Oct. 20, 2020, in Rome. (Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

Pope Francis delivering his speech “No one is saved alone – Peace and Fraternity” throughout an International Prayer Meeting for Peace on Oct. 20, 2020, in Rome. (Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

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Francis expressed thanks “for all those times when you cultivate the dream of fraternity, work to heal the wounds of God’s creation, fight to ensure respect for the dignity of the vulnerable and spread the spirit of solidarity and sharing.”

He famous that many young people have criticized environmental contamination.

“We need this,” Francis stated.

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The pontiff famous that in a world that “thinks only of present gain that tends to stifle grand ideals, you have not lost the ability to dream.”

“Be free and authentic, be the critical conscience of society,” Francis exhorted young people.

Social justice and care of the environment have been key messages of his papacy.

The pope is predicted to meet with young people from throughout the world at the Catholic church’s jamboree in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2023.