Pontiff Tells Youth of Greatest Happiness

Indicates a «Beautiful,» «Worthwhile» Mission

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Christ is the one who gives the strength to take on causes that dignify man and make great peoples, Benedict XVI today told young people, affirming to them that it is worthwhile to give oneself to such a mission.

The Pope made this call to youth at the end of the general audience in Castel Gandolfo. In his Spanish-language greetings, he noted the Third Latin American Congress of Young People, to be held in Venezuela starting Sunday.

The meeting, organized by the Youth Section of the Latin American bishops’ council, has the motto: «Let Us Walk With Jesus to Give Life to Our Peoples.»
«I invite all those present in that significant initiative to look at Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,» the Holy Father said. «With his grace, you will find the strength that impels one to be committed to causes that dignify man and make peoples great.»

The Pontiff noted his wish that the event will help the young participants to «personally encounter the Lord and to hear his Word.»

He continued: «You will not be disappointed, as he has plans of love and salvation for everyone. The Pope is by your side and reiterates his confidence in you, while at the same time asking God to assist you so that, being authentic disciples of Jesus Christ, you may live the values of the Gospel, transmit them with courage to those around you and so that you will be inspired in them to build a more just and reconciled world. It is worthwhile to give oneself to this beautiful mission.»

The Pontiff concluded by entrusting the youth to Our Lady, asking her to «accompany you on your journey and always remind you that there is no greater happiness than that of being Christ’s friend.»

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