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Pope Benedict XVI's message to the young people of the world for the 24th WYD 2009

Last edited 13th February 2013

Pope Benedict XVI's message to the young people of the world for the 24th WYD 2009

"My dear friends,
Next Palm Sunday we shall celebrate the 24th World Youth Day at the diocesan level. As we prepare for this annual event, I recall with deep gratitude to the Lord the meeting held in Sydney in July last year. It was a most memorable encounter, during which the Holy Spirit renewed the lives of countless young people who had come together from all over the world. The joy of celebration and spiritual enthusiasm experienced during those few days was an eloquent sign of the presence of the Spirit of Christ. Now we are journeying towards the international gathering due to take place in Madrid in 2011, which will have as its theme the words of the Apostle Paul: 'Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith' (cf. Col 2:7). As we look forward to that global youth meeting, let us undertake a path of preparation together. We take as our text for the year 2009 a saying of Saint Paul: 'We have set our hope on the living God' (1 Tim 4:10), while in 2010 we will reflect on the question put to Jesus by the rich young man: 'Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?' (Mk 10:17).."

The link below is for the English translation. You can also read the message in Croatian, Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish & Thai.


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