Benedict XVI: Youth Days Not Just Big Events

Calls Them «Privileged Occasions» to Find Christ

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VATICAN CITY, JULY 2, 2010 ( World Youth Day isn’t just another big event, says Benedict XVI, but rather a «privileged occasion» for youth to encounter the love of Christ

The Pope said this today upon receiving in audience a delegation of the sponsors of the next international youth day, which is set to take place Aug. 16-21, 2011, in Madrid, Spain.

The delegation was led by Cardinal Antonio María Rouco, the archbishop of Madrid, and included members of the Foundation Madrid Vivo.

«There are many young people who have their eyes fixed on that beautiful city, with the joy of being able to meet there in a few months to hear together the Word of Christ, which is always young, and to be able to share the faith that unites us and the desire they have of building a better world, inspired in the values of the Gospel,» the Pontiff said in a short greeting.
«I invite you all to continue to collaborate generously in this beautiful initiative,» he continued, «which is not a simple multitudinous meeting, but a privileged occasion for the young people of your country and of the whole world to let themselves be conquered by the love of Christ Jesus, Son of God and of Mary, the faithful friend, the conqueror of sin and death.»

«Whoever trusts in him is never disappointed, but finds the necessary strength to choose the right path in life,» he added.
The Foundation Madrid Vivo was created in November to support World Youth Day 2011. It is composed of Spanish business leaders, including the presidents of the largest banks in Spain.

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