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Three young adults interview the Pope

25 years after John Paul II’s first meeting with the youth, in the same place, the square was full again of banners and songs to await the arrival of the Pope.

“I was here 25 years ago with Pope John Paul II, I came with my Neocatechumenal community. Today we have come with four buses so that these kids can live in this historic moment.”

“We have come from the South of Italy to find ourselves with the Pope.”

“I have come for the youth of the future in the Church. Because we want to support the Church with all of our love."When the Pope arrived to the plaza, the youth received him like a rock star.

Benedict XVI“I thank you from my heart for being here. Thank you for your marvellous testimony of faith, your desire to live in communion with Jesus, your enthusiasm following Christ. Thanks you.”

In the reunion the cross that has presided all of the World Youth Days was present.

The most important part of the reunion was when the youth asked Benedict XVI questions. They asked the Pope how to be happy, where to find the strength to live the commandments and what is eternal life.

The Pope answered in a direct manner and he insisted that to love God the most important thing is to know him and recognize him.

Benedict XVI“The first step that we have to take is to try to know God, that he will show us that we don?t exist by chance. The life of every one of us has been made possible by God since all of eternity.”

Benedict XVI said God has a project for each person and that the solid and profound friendships help the youth to make valiant decisions, to discover their vocation.