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Young people, like tree, need strong roots, Pope tells audience

September 06, 2010

During his Angelus audience on Sunday, September 5, Pope Benedict XVI made the observation that he did something unusual in his message for World Youth Day: telling people to be firmly planted in the faith.

“Who nowadays suggests that young people should be ‘planted’ and ‘firm?’” the Holy Father asked rhetorically. He remarked that young people more typically hear encouragement to be flexible, to be mobile, to revel in uncertainty. Against that advice, he offered the Biblical image that compares young people to growing trees, in need of a strong and productive system of roots from which to draw nourishment.


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