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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

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Pope to British Youth: “Among you there are the future saints of the twenty-first century”

2010-09-17

Speaking clearly and directly, the Pope encouraged them to become saints.

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“I hope that among those of you listening to me today there are some of the future saints of the twenty-first century. What God wants most of all for each one of you is that you should become holy. He loves you much more than you could ever begin to imagine, and he wants the very best for you”.

The Pope warned young people from England, Wales and Scotland against the dangers of materialism, of seeking success at all costs, and of forgetting the dignity of man.

As a university professor, Benedict XVI encouraged them to dedicate themselves to study and to make good use of their years at university in order to then be able to offer the best of themselves to society, without narrowing their professional horizons.
 
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“We need good historians and philosophers and economists, but if the account they give of human life within their particular field is too narrow focused, they can lead us seriously astray”.


The Pope explained that the relationship between faith and reason is vital in education, and in the subsequent development of professional life.

Before concluding his remarks, Benedict XVI invited young people of the United Kingdom to World Youth Day 2011, due to be held in Madrid.

Benedict XVI
“I hope to see many of you next August, at the World Youth Day in Madrid. In the meantime, may God bless you!”

A Gospel choir sang to bid Benedict XVI farewell. Thus far the Pope has travelled 712 kilometers in internal transfers, and has seen nearly 400,000 people.