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Introduce young people to Christ, Pope urges Commission for Latin America

February 28, 2014

In a February 28 meeting with members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of providing pastoral care for young people “who live in conditions of 'educational emergency' and for whom it is necessary to pose the fundamental question of the traditio of faith.”

The key to success, the Pope said, is to make young people acquainted with Jesus Christ. “He who truly knows Jesus does not stay on the couch, but rather takes on His style of life, becoming a missionary disciple of His Gospel,” he said.

Young people need support, the Pope continued, especially when they “experience frustration and helplessness; they become vulnerable to drug abuse, sex without love, violence.” He concluded his address to the commission members with a simple exhortation: “The young are waiting for us. We must not let them down.”


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