Pope Tells Children: Grow Up to Be Serious Christians

«Life is not beautiful with enemies»

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The Pope met briefly with children of Mexico representing schools, and various dioceses and archdioceses, as he visited the cathedral of Morelia this afternoon.

«I am going to pray to Jesus that he makes you grow with a lot of love, as he had,» the Holy Father said, indicating an image of a child-martyr from the Cristero War, Jose Sanchez del Rio.

The Pope told the young people that he would ask the grace for them to have «a lot of love so as to be serious Christians. So as to fulfill the command Jesus gave us: to love God above all things and our neighbor as Jesus loved us.»

The Holy Father invited them to pray for their families and friends, but also to pray for any person with whom they might be fighting or in opposition, that «the Virgin might take care of this person as well,» he said, inviting them to «make friends and not so many enemies — because life is not beautiful with enemies.»

As he left the cathedral, a youth choir sang for him, and at the end he told the, «I truly congratulate you.»

He invited them to continue to be creative, assuring that art and sports widen the heart. «Continue to seek beautiful things, things that last forever,» he told them.

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Kathleen Naab

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