Papal challenge to World Youth Day participants: be apostles
April 02, 2012
“Be joyful witnesses of Christ!” Pope Benedict XVI exhorted young people who gathered in Rome on April 1—Palm Sunday—for this year’s observance of World Youth Day.
On April 2, the Pope held a private audience for about 5,000 young people from Spain, the host city for last year’s international celebration of the 26th World Youth Day. He urged each individual to dedicate himself to following God’s will, saying: “Each of you has a personal vocation which He has given you for your own joy and sanctity.”
Pope Benedict underlined the missionary vocation of every Christian, telling the young Spaniards: “Like the first apostles, you too must be missionaries of Christ among your relatives, friends and acquaintances, in the places where you study and work, among the poor and the sick.”
- Joy is a Central Element of Christian Experience (VIS)
- Young People Should Speak of Christ without Fear (VIS)
- That loving gaze upon the world (L’Osservatore Romano)
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