Saturday, February 24, 2007

Pope Urges Youth Work as a Priority

This today from ZENIT:

Make youth a priority in your work, Benedict XVI urged priests in a question-and-answer session with the clergy of the Diocese of Rome. The Holy Father said this Thursday during an audience with the Roman clergy in the Hall of Blessings, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. His answers to nine questions were spontaneous. Responding to a question on youth, the Pope said that "young people must truly be the priority of our pastoral work, as they live in a world removed from God." "To find room in our cultural context for the encounter with Christ, with Christian life and with the life of faith is very difficult," the Pontiff said, adding that young people are in great need of support "to really be able to find this path." Benedict XVI said that it is necessary to make young people understand that Christ is not a "great prophet." In him, he said, we see "the face of God, the face of forgiveness and love."

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