» 03/20/2005, 00.00
Pope silently blesses young people from his study window
New energies for the Church and the Pope from the Cross of Jesus, says Cardinal Ruini
For the first time in 26 years, John Paul II does not take part in Palm Sunday celebrations with the young people of World Youth Day. But Cardinal Ruini presents him as a witness of the strength of the faith in suffering.
Pope: "Young people, do not be afraid to proclaim the Gospel of the Cross!"
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: 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: A force of gravity pulls us down, towards evil, Christ lifts us on high to God
Benedict XVI celebrates Palm Sunday mass, which begins Holy Week. 50 thousand present, mostly young people, ahead of World Youth Day,in Madrid (16-21 August). Humanity has attained great heights has achieved many things, but "our possibilities for evil have increased and appear like menacing storms above history." “Jesus Christ.., from God came down to us and, in his crucified love, takes us by the hand and lifts us on high "
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