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Pope to WYD volunteers: Marriage, Vocational life or still undecided? Ask God for guidance

2013-07-29

As he concluded hisfirst international trip in Brazil,  Pope Francis took a brief helicopter flight to a congress center in the Brazilian city of Rio.  There he met with 15,000 volunteers who helped organizing WYD. The youths gave Pope Francis a very warm welcome. A Polish girl also gave him a t-shirt with his name, as a gift.

Speaking in Portuguese, the Pope addressed the audience with a brief speech, often interrupted by the cheering crowd. The Pope focused on three points, analyzing the main commitments youths have to face in life. Some choose to be priests or enter a monastery, or religious life. They, the Pope said, should 'not be afraid to answer God' call'. Others choose married life: that too, the Pope said, is a great responsibility.

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"I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage "to swim against the tide.”

For those who still haven't decided what path to follow in life, as advice, Pope Francis cited a Bible passage  

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"Ask the Lord, and he will show you the way. The young Samuel kept hearing the voice of the Lord who was calling him, but he did not understand or know what to say, yet with the help of the priest Eli, in the end he answered: 'Speak, Lord, for I am listening.' You too can ask the Lord: What do you want me to do?"

At the end of his speech, the Pope thanked everyone for their work and for having made WYD 2013 so special. As usual, once again, he asked for everyone's prayers. 

Then, he left for the airport, carrying his personal  briefcase

 
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