Brazilian organizers of World Youth Day receive papal thanks, encouragement
Catholic World News - April 07, 2014
Pope Francis met on April 7 with the organizing committee for the 28th World Youth Day events held last July in Rio de Janeiro, and offered his thanks for their efforts.
The Pope told the committee, which had come to Rome under the leadership of Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta of Sao Paulo, that the Brazilian people had “stolen his heart” during the World Youth Day celebration.
While looking back fondly on the July ceremonies, the Pope said that the Church in Brazil must also look forward. The entire purpose of World Youth Day, he said, could be summarize in the imperative: “go, without fear, and serve.” He said: “We cannot rest easy knowing that many of our brethren live without power, light or the comfort of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to welcome them, without a horizon of meaning and life.”
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