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Pope confirms 44, urges them to 'swim against the tide'

Catholic World News - April 29, 2013

Pope Francis encouraged young people to “swim against the tide,” as he confirmed 44 young Catholics in an April 28 ceremony in St. Peter’s basilica.

In his homily at the Confirmation Mass, the Holy Father made three points. “The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting,” unlike the fleeting pleasures of this world, he said first. Next he acknowledged that to follow Christ means “to set set out on a path with many obstacles, both in the world around us but also within us, in the heart.” However, the Pope assured the young confirmands: “We have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome these trials.”

Finally the Pope asked the young people to cling to high ideals, and persevere in the faith. “To go against the current is good for the heart,” he told them; “but we need courage to swim against the tide.”

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