Scarves are thrown to Pope Francis at the end of a mass for the Youth Jubilee in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis holds a Jubilee Year Mass for tens of thousands of youth, urging them to shun materialism, and calls on kidnappers to release religious hostages in Syria. Diane Hodges reports.

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It was the culmination of a three-day-long Jubilee for Teens, a mass presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.

He told the tens of thousands of teens gathered there from around the world that material goods will not bring them happiness.


"Be skeptical of people who want to make you believe that you are only important if you act tough like the heroes in films or if you wear the latest fashions. Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought: it is not an app that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love."

Sunday's mass for teens is part of a year-long series of special events being held as part of this special Jubilee of Mercy that the church has proclaimed for 2016.

Following the mass, the pope conducted his weekly prayer in the square, and called on those gathered there to pray for the religious hostages in Syria, as well as others who had been kidnapped around the world.


"May the merciful God touch the hearts of the kidnappers and grant freedom to our brothers and sisters as soon as possible and allow them to return to their communities."

With no sign of an end in sight for the Syrian conflict, it's a prayer that's likely to be repeated again.