Monday, January 29, 2007
Fr Richard Aladics over at the Community of Grace website has done a tremendous service by producing an eminently readable version of Pope John Paul's first Letter to Young People, Dilecti Amici (Beloved Friends). It was written for the occasion of his first gathering of young people in 1985. It was this gathering that led to the World Youth Days - those international encounters that so contributed to his legacy of 'a more youthful Church', as Pope Benedict XVI mentioned at his inaugural Mass.
Fr Richard describes the letter as "a virtually complete panorama of life from the perspective of the young person. It is the most objective view of life for young people that we have". It is well worth visiting the site to read the letter.