“I am really happy to celebrate the Genfest here with you and with all those who are connected in different ways. I greet you with all my heart! I can bear witness to Chiara’s relationship with thousands of young people all over the world: her dialogue with them was always from the heart, open, sincere and characterised by trust.
Chiara was demanding, just as you are, and she was convinced that the new generations, who have the ideal of unity at heart, will become new men and women who spread this light and bear witness that a united world is possible, because it is already a living reality amongst us, as it is here today.
I too have had the gift of meeting young people from many parts of the world and I have always been fascinated and enriched by your energy, creativity and courage. Chiara challenged you to be men and women of unity, people who know how to carry in their hearts the specific treasures of each culture and give them to others: to be global men and women.
At the 2012 Genfest you launched an ambitious project, the United World Project. In recent years you have worked on many practical ways of doing this. And the vision behind the project – to foster and spread a culture where all people are one family – has spread to many others, including adults and children.
I know that you will soon be launching a new process, in continuity with what is already happening. We will all set off on many pathways to achieving a united world. We have a fantastic goal, but we know that great ideals are what make history. Our goal is “that all may be one”. We are aiming towards “all”! Making God’s dream our own is something that links us to heaven and at the same time locates us firmly in human history, to bring to light its journey towards being one universal family.
The Genfest is ending with the project you are launching now. We will all go back to our own countries, to our towns and cities. What will we do? The united world that we experience here is one we will bring everywhere, wherever we go, to make it become reality in our families, wherever we study, or work or do sport. There is a secret that can help us not lose sight of this goal, which here at the Genfest seems so beautiful, real and fascinating. I’d like to sum it up in a few words: Love, start again and share!
Love is the secret for a life that is happy, full, interesting, always new, never boring and always surprising! Start again when problems, discouragement and failures overwhelm us and make our passion for a united world waver. World champions train hard and get up every time they fall until they reach their goal.
Share our experiences, our joys, our difficulties, our talents and our goods.
Let’s use every means possible to build networks; let’s launch the most varied initiatives to build unity: large scale projects, both locally and globally, and make this universal family visible. We know that the visible part of an iceberg sits on a part that is under water. Similarly, being one family is built up through many ordinary deeds and actions carried out in the strong conviction that the most powerful means we can use to renew the world is our own heart. While our heart is still beating, we can love, we can start again and we can share. A universal family starts with my heart, with our hearts.
This is the fascinating challenge we want to take on together so that a united world becomes a dream fulfilled.