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Pope to Youth: Be Missionaries!

In this month of missions, Francis gives missionary tone to vocation of youth, the infirm and newlyweds

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In his customary greetings to the young, the sick and newlyweds at the end of today’s general audience, Pope Francis recalled that October is the month of missions.
During this month, he said, “we are invited to pray intensely to Our Lady, Queen of the Missions.”
The Pope encouraged young people to be missionaries, not necessarily in foreign lands, but in the situations of their daily lives.
“Dear young people, be missionaries of the Gospel in your surroundings,” he said, “with the mercy and tenderness of Jesus.”
The Holy Father encouraged the sick people to use their sufferings for the missions: “Offer your sufferings for the conversion of the distant and the indifferent,” he said.
Finally, he invited the newlyweds to live their family lives in a spirit of mission, close to the Word of God.
“Be missionaries in your family,” he told them, “with the proclamation of the Word and the example of the Gospel of salvation.”

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Kathleen Naab

United States

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