Pope to Youth: Spread Joy of Christ

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI urged the youth present at today’s weekly general audience to spread the peace and joy of Christ, and to make room for him in their hearts.

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The Pope said this today at the weekly general audience after he delivered his catechesis on the figure of St. John of the Cross, priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites and doctor of the Church (1542-1591).

After greeting those present in Paul VI in various language, he addressed the youth, the sick and newlyweds.

“You, dear young people,” he said, “make room in your heart for Jesus and spread his joy and his peace.”

Addressing the sick, the Holy Father urged them to “offer your moments of trial to the Lord so that the doors of hearts will open to the proclamation of the Gospel.”

“And you, dear newlyweds,” he concluded, “always be witnesses of the love of Christ, who has called you to realize a common project of life.”

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