Thursday, January 19, 2012


Message of Pope Benedict XVI

In his message, Pope Benedict urged all people to look to 2012 with an “attitude of confident trust.” While he spoke of 2011’s world-wide economic crisis, and various declines in society and culture, he appealed to people to wait with expectation for the Lord. Pope Benedict then focused his talk upon the future, upon the hopeful youth. Reminding people of the enthusiasm of young people, he addressed parents, families, educators, leaders, and the media to listen to the youth and to communicate to them a positive value of life and a desire to be of service. The Holy Father said that the “Church looks to young people with hope and confidence; she encourages them to seek truth, to defend the common good, to be open to the world around them and willing to see ‘new things’ (Is. 42:9).” The message continued with encouragement and ideas on how to encourage the education of young people in true justice, peace, and truth. “Dear young people, you are a precious gift for society…The Church wishes to offer you the most precious gift she has: the opportunity to raise your eyes to God…”

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