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Pope urges Scouts to follow Jesus, defend Christian values

Catholic World News - August 04, 2014

Pope Francis has urged participants in a meeting of European Scouts to “go, have no fear, and serve” as they respond to Jesus’ call to follow him.

An estimated 12,000 Scouts from 20 countries are meeting from August 3-10 in Saint-Notre-Dame-du-Bois, France. Daily Mass and the recitation of the Angelus are part of the schedule.

In his message, dated July 3 and released on August 4, the Pope called upon the Scouts to “cultivate friendship with Jesus … especially in the Word and in the sacraments.”

Pope Francis also encouraged the Scouts to “safeguard Christian values, in particular the defense of life, development, the dignity of the person, the fight against poverty, and many other battles.”

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