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Pope Francis: Let's not be 'sleeping Christians'

2013-04-24

The Pope made his way through in his popemobile, greeting pilgrims for about 20 minutes. Many were simply hoping to give the Pope a gift, like this girl. The Pope thought she wanted him to bless the yellow rosary, but the young girl told him it was a gift, for him.


Among the thousands of people, the Pope made it a point to address the youth.

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"Today I think I've seen many youths out in the Square. Am I right?”

Speaking in Spanish, the Pope invited the young crowd to discover their own personal talents and to use them to help others.

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"Dear youths, have you thought about your God given talents? Have you thought about how to use them to serve others? Don't hide your talents. Life is not about keeping those talents to yourself. You have to offer them.”


As part of his catechesis on the Year of Faith, the Pope focused on the Creed, more specifically on the Final Judgment.

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"No one knows the day or hour when Christ will return; so we are called to be prepared for that encounter. That means learning to recognize the signs of His presence, keeping the faith alive through prayer and the Sacraments. We have to be vigilant so as to not fall asleep. We don't want to be sleeping Christians. We must be vigilant and not forget God.”


Among those attending the audience was a group of pilgrims from Vietnam. The group traveled to Rome with Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man. Interestingly the Pope kissed the Cardinal's ring, as a sign of support, since Christians in that part of the world are sometimes targets of religious persecution.

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