FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
YOUNG people who carried out symbolic and altruistic protests were described by Pope Paul on Sunday as prophets with a spiritual strategy which could change the world. He said their form of protest contrasted sharply in shape and spirit with "belligerent, decadent and selfish" forms of protest.
The Pope was addressing about 100,000 young men and women who had made a detour to St. Peter's Square during a fund-raising march on behalf of underdeveloped nations.
He said during his Sunday blessing to pilgrims and tourists: "We salute you . . . who with a new spiritual strategy prefer action to protest—positive action, constructive and altruistic action, instead of negative protest."
Such marches were a sign of a new conscience maturing in the world and a sign of growing solidarity among mankind, "You come from the already opened depths of this modern conscience and you are going toward the not less deep needs of humanity."