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Young people in the first week of the Pontificate

02/05/2005: Vatican

I am particularly thinking of young people. To them, the privileged interlocutors of John Paul II, I send an affectionate embrace in the hope, God willing, of meeting them at Cologne on the occasion of the next World Youth Day. With you, dear young people, I will continue to maintain a dialogue, listening to your expectations in an attempt to help you meet ever more profoundly the living, ever young, Christ. (Sistine Chapel, 20.04.05)

Today, with great strength and great conviction, on the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. (Saint Peter’s Square, 24.04.05)

In fact, it is not true that young people think mainly about consumerism and pleasure. It is not true that they are materialistic and selfish. The opposite is true: young people want great things. They want the end of injustice. They want inequality to be overcome and that all have their own proper share of the goods of the earth. They want the oppressed to be liberated. They want great things. They want good things. (Paul VI Audience Hall, 25.04.05)

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