» 03/16/2008, 00.00
Pope: let us follow Jesus, the new Temple, with a youthful heart, free from prejudice
Before tens of thousands of young people gathered for Youth Day, ahead of Sydney in 2008, Benedict XVI asks Christians not to allow themselves to be dominated by "business" and by "idolatry", in order to bring non-Christians as well closer to faith through service and love. At the general intercessions, the first is in Chinese.
Pope: Young people, search for the face of God; follow Christ with innocent hands and pure hearts
In celebrating the XXII World Youth Day, Benedict XVI urged young people to refuse violence, corruption, bribes and to live with pure hearts that “are not led astray by the thrill of pleasure”. The crucified Christ opened “God’s door” on the world and asked the “indifferent” world to open itself to His love.
Pope: As Holy Week begins we ask ourselves, who is Jesus of Nazareth
Benedict XVI celebrates the rite of Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week and coincides with the 27th World Youth Day. Receive from Christ " a look of blessing: a wise and loving look, capable of grasping the world’s beauty and having compassion on its fragility ", because God does not feel "disgust" for any of the things he has created. To the young: Palm Sunday is "the day of decision, the decision to welcome the Lord and follow him to the very end", as did St. Clare, for whom we mark the 800th anniversary of her conversion and consecration. "Praise", "thanks" and "prayer" to "be in profound communion of love with Christ who suffered, died and rose again for us."
Pope: The Cross, fundamental law for the life of young people
Benedict XVI calls upon young people not to "turn back upon themselves." The cross is the only way to build a "Universal Kingdom" of encounter among different cultures. It is also the way of true love, which implies "sacrifice," renunciation," and obedience to the will of God. "He who promises a life without this constantly renewed gift of self deceives people."
Pope tells WYD youth: the Cross of Jesus is the real tree of life
On Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of the striking Holy Week rites, Benedict XVI entrusted the youth of Sydney with the Holy Year Cross, urging them to build the Kingdom of Christ, "of love and peace" different to those offered by the world.
Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Joy, Cross, Youth, waiting for Rio de Janeiro
The Pope begins the rites of the Holy Week. The meeting between the Pope and the crowd in silence and prayer. Joy born of our encounter with Jesus. An invitation not to be "discouraged". The cross of Christ washes away personal sins and those of the world "wars, violence, economic conflicts that affect those who are weakest, greed for money, power, corruption, divisions, crimes against human life and against creation." "We must never become accustomed to evil." The invitation to young people to "carry the cross" to all "to tell everyone that on the cross Jesus broke down the dividing wall of enmity that separates peoples and nations, and brought reconciliation and peace." Youth invited to the World Youth Day of Rio de Janeiro.
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