Benedict XVI Urges Youth to Be Heroes of Daily Life

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 9, 2011 ( Benedict XVI is urging young people to be heroes in every day life — and to do that through holiness. 

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The Pope said this today as he concluded the general audience with his traditional greetings to youth, the sick and disabled, and newlyweds. 

He recalled Tuesday’s liturgical memorial of St. Jerome Emiliani, founder of the Somaschi, and of St. Josephine Bakhita, “a daughter of Africa who became a daughter of the Church.” 

“May the courage of these faithful witnesses of Christ help you, dear young people, to open your heart to the heroism of holiness in every day existence,” the Holy Father said. “May it sustain you, dear sick, in persevering patiently to offer your prayer and your suffering for the whole Church. And may it give you, dear newlyweds, the courage to make your families communities of love, marked by Christian values.”

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