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Confirmations at St. Peter's Square: Pope urges youth to hold steadfast in Faith

2013-04-29

POPE FRANCIS
"Let us trust in God’s work! With him we can do great things; he will give us the joy of being his disciples, his witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things. We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people!”

The ceremony's most emotional moment was the anointing of the oil. Pope Francis kissed all of the people getting confirmed. Each one responded in their native language.

After the Mass, the Pope met with them once again, and had a lively discussion with them.

In the homily, the Pope told them that despite their youth, they must swim against the tide to defend their Faith.

POPE FRANCIS
"It is an invitation which I make to you, young confirmandi, and to all present. Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide.”
 
Once the ceremony the ended, the Pope rode throughout the Square on board the popemobile for about half an hour. He even got off of the car near the end to greet handicapped pilgrims in the first row.


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