Young People Exhorted to Combat Evil for Sake of Peace

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 24, 2003 ( Amid world tensions, John Paul II reminded young Catholics that a Christian becomes an agent “to combat evil with good.”

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The Pope expressed this conviction on Saturday, at the papal summer residence, when he met with a group of Italians from the Salesian Youth Movement.

The Holy Father invited the young people to be always “joyful, generous and courageous when it comes to combating evil with good.” In this way, he added, “you will be architects of hope and peace in every realm of life.”

The Pope, referring to the Salesians’ founder, took advantage of the occasion to emphasize “the present importance of the charism and message of Don John Bosco, especially for the new generations.”

“The Salesian spirit, in fact, helps young people to understand that the Gospel is the inexhaustible source of life and joy,” the Pope said.

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