Pope to Youth: Be Intrepid Like the Martyrs

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 24, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Calling to mind the example of Vietnamese martyrs St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions, Benedict XVI today invited young people to be intrepid in their witness to Christian values.

The Pope made this invitation at the end of the general audience when he gave his customary greetings to youth, the sick and newlyweds.

He noted the feast day of St. Andrew, one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862.

“Today, remembering St. Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions, Vietnamese martyrs, I invite you, dear young people, to be intrepid in witnessing Christian values, always being faithful to the Lord,” the Holy Father said.

He added: “I exhort you, dear sick, to accept with serene abandonment all that the Lord gives in every situation of life; I hope that you, dear newlyweds, will form a truly Christian family, drawing the necessary strength to realize such a project from the Word of God and from the Eucharist.”

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