Pope to Youth: Don't Let Routine Swallow Prayer

Benedict XVI Invites Newlyweds to Learn to Pray Together

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VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 7, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is inviting young people to protect their prayer time as vacation ends and usual activities return.

The Pope said this today at the end of the general audience, which was held again in St. Peter’s Square, after the several-week break during which the audiences were given from Castel Gandolfo.

The Holy Father’s traditional greeting to youth, sick and newlyweds focused on prayer, which is the theme of his current catechesis series.

«Dear young people, returning after vacation to the usual activities, may you know how to find time each day for conversation with God, and may you radiate his light and his peace to all those around you,» he said.

For newlyweds, the Pontiff also encouraged prayer: May you «learn to pray together,» he told them, «in the intimacy of domestic life, so that your love may be ever purer, ever more fruitful and lasting.»

He also encouraged the sick to «find comfort in the Lord Jesus, who continues his work of redemption in the life of every person.»

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