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Pope’s Message to Young People

As Pope Benedict continues his trip in Africa he has attracted huge crowds that have included lots of children and young adults. I don’t thinks it’s any surprise that they love him. Unlike so many we hear of in the news today, the Pope speaks words of real hope. Take this excerpt from his homily during Mass at Amadou Ahidjo Stadium of Yaoundé, Thursday.

Finally, to all the young people present, I offer words of friendship and encouragement: as you face the challenges of life, take courage! Your life is priceless in the eyes of God! Let Christ take hold of you, agree to pledge your love to him, and – why not? – maybe even do so in the priesthood or in the consecrated life! This is the supreme service. To the children who no longer have a father, or who live abandoned in the poverty of the streets, to those forcibly separated from their parents, to the maltreated and abused, to those constrained to join paramilitary forces that are terrorizing some countries, I would like to say: God loves you, he has not forgotten you, and Saint Joseph protects you! Invoke him with confidence.

It’s too bad our politicians can’t utter words like that.

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