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Pope Francis: Ensure Charisma and Paternity of St. John Paul II

Encourages Foundation Named After Predecessor To Continue Pastoral Care of Youth

“The canonization of Pope John Paul II gave a new impetus to your work, in the service of the Church and evangelization.” Pope Francis made this observation when speaking to the John Paul II Foundation at the Vatican Saturday afternoon.

The work to which the Holy Father was referring had been namely service to the youth, particularly in education.

“St. John Paul II has always had a great love for youth and a special pastoral care for them,” he said, pointing out, “And you help to ensure that his charisma and his paternity continue to bear fruit.”

He told them, “You offer a valuable contribution to ensuring that the spiritual heritage of this Holy Pontiff continues to fertilize the large field of the Church and to support his journey through history.”

As priests and lay, Francis noted, “you also offer valuable opportunities to enrich their education,” especially preparing them to face the “cultural and pastoral challenges of our day.”

“For this purpose, you can also draw from the rich teaching of social doctrine that St. John Paul II has left us, and that proves more timely than ever.”

Francis encouraged them to recall the late Polish Pontiff’s attention to the word ‘solidarity,’ and reminded them they are to live this out, while at the same time being prayerful and obedient to God’s Word.

The Holy Father concluded, telling them to turn to the Virgin Mother Mary, “to whom St. John Paul II has consecrated his life and his pontificate,” thanking them for their visit and service, and asking them to pray for him.

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John Paul II Foundation website: http://www.fjp2.com/

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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