Pope to young people:"Don’t be taken in by the messages of hatred or terror"

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Pope to young people:"Don’t be taken in by the messages of hatred or terror"

By Iacopo Scaramuzzi

In his message for the Jubilee of Mercy for Young Boys and Girls scheduled to take place from 23 to 25 April, the Pope said: “Don’t just prepare your rucksacks and your banners, but your hearts and your minds as well”.

Pope Francis spared a special thought for boys and girls living in situations of “war, extreme poverty, daily troubles and loneliness”, in his Message for the Jubilee of Mercy for Young Boys and Girls, written on 6 January and released today. The Jubilee of Mercy for Young Boys and Girls between the ages of 13 and 16 is to be celebrated between 23 and 25 April: “Don’t be taken in by the messages of hatred or terror all around us. Instead, make new friends.”

“Yours is a time of life which is full of amazing changes. Everything seems possible and impossible all at once,” the Pope writes. I repeat what I said to some of your friends: “Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things.” Commenting on the theme of this Jubilee, “Merciful Like the Father”, the Pope explained that “to be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real. It means to grow physically and spiritually. You are preparing to be Christians capable of making courageous choices and decisions, in order to build daily, even through little things, a world of peace.”

“I cannot forget those of you who are living in situations of war, extreme poverty, daily troubles and loneliness,” the Pope underlined. “Don’t ever lose hope! The Lord has a great dream which, with your help, he wants to come true! Your friends, young people your age living in less trying conditions than your own, have not forgotten you; they are working for peace and justice for everyone everywhere. Don’t be taken in by the messages of hatred or terror all around us. Instead, make new friends. Give of your time and always show concern for those who ask your help. Be brave and go against the tide; be friends of Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace. ‘Everything in him speaks of mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of compassion’,” the Pope said quoting the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee.

“Dear Young Friends, the Church is celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near. There are no walls or distances which can prevent the Father’s mercy from reaching and embracing us,” Francis writes. “The Holy Door is now open in Rome and in all the dioceses of the world. This grace-filled moment also concerns you, dear young people. I encourage you to take an active part in this celebration and to realize that each of you is a child of God. I would like to invite you, one by one, calling you by name, as Jesus does each day. For you know that your names are written in heaven, in the heart of the Father, that Merciful Heart which is the source of all reconciliation and kindness. The Jubilee is a year-long celebration, in which every moment becomes a chance for us to grow in holiness.”

“The Jubilee is the party to which Jesus invites us all, without excluding anyone. That is why I also wanted to have some days of prayer and celebration with you. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in April.” Francis underlines: “I realize that not all of you can come to Rome, but the Jubilee is truly for everyone and it is also being celebrated in your local Churches. You are all invited to this moment of joy. Don’t just prepare your rucksacks and your banners, but your hearts and your minds as well.”

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 13:46
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