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Only the Cross overcomes evil, Pope reminds World Youth Day participants

July 29, 2016

"Humanity today needs men and women-- and especially young people like yourselves-- who do not wish to live their lives halfway," Pope Francis told young people participating in the Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day in Krakow on July 29.

The Holy Father encouraged young believers to imitate Christ by reaching out to help those who are suffering or in need. He reminded them that Jesus "chose to identify with these our brothers and sisters, enduring pain and anguish by agreeing to tread the 'way of sorrows' that led to Calvary."

The Pope went on to say that in addition to providing care for those who are suffering physically and materially, Christians should also practice the spiritual works of mercy: "counseling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing sinners, consoling the afflicted, pardoning offences, bearing wrongs patiently, praying for the living and the dead." 

"In the face of evil, suffering, and sin, the only response possible for a disciple of Jesus is the gift of self," the Pope said; "It is the attitude of service." He added: "The Way of the Cross alone defeats sin, evil, and death." 

 

 
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