Pope: Need for Gospel Is Urgent

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says there is “urgent need” for Christians to “proclaim the Gospel with their life.”

The Pope affirmed this today at the end of the general audience when he gave his traditional greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds.

“The events of our time bring very much to light the urgent need for Christians to proclaim the Gospel with their life,” he said.

In this light, the Bishop of Rome urged youth: “Always be faithful to Christ, to be among your contemporaries sowers of hope and joy.”

“You, dear sick,” the Holy Father said, “do not be afraid to offer on the altar of Christ the incalculable value of your suffering for the benefit of the Church and of the world. And finally you, dear newlyweds, I hope that you will make of your family a genuine school of Christian life.”

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