July 8, 2013 (Romereports.com) The four-day pilgrimage of over   6,000 seminarians and novices culminated with a special Mass celebrated by Pope   Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Pope addressed those on a  vocational  journey by stressing the fact  that their young age is a great  treasure for  their mission within the  Church.

“You represent the Church’s youth! If the   Church is the Bride of Christ, you in a certain sense represent the moment of   betrothal, the Spring of vocation, the season of discovery, assessment,   formation. And it is a very beautiful season, in which foundations are laid for   the future. Thank you for coming!”

Pope Francis said that the true   goal of consecrated people must be that of announcing joy and serenity to the   world. This, the Pope said, should be a natural consequence when someone has   experienced God’s consolation and  tenderness.

“Sometimes I’ve seen  consecrated people who are afraid  of God’s consolation. Poor men, poor women,  they are consumed with sorrow,  because they fear God’s tenderness. But don’t be  afraid! Don’t be afraid, the  Lord is the Lord of consolation, the Lord of  tenderness. God is our Father and  He says he will behave with us like a mother  with her child, with tenderness.  Never be afraid of God’s  consolation!”

At the end of his homily,  the  Pope also stressed the  importance of poverty, since Jesus, the Pope said,  sent  his disciples to the  world with no “purse, no bag, no sandals.” Finally,  Pope   Francis entrusted the novices and seminarians to the intercession of Our   Lady.