Pope’s Message to Asian Youth Day

Pope Francis has sent a message to the 7th Asian Youth Day which took place in Indonesia, saying he prays that the young people of Asia “respond with faith and courage to their vocation”.

In the message, signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the Pope greeted the young people of Asia gathered in Yogyakarta with “prayerful best wishes” as the event came to a close on Sunday.

Pope Francis invited them “to look to the Mother of the Lord as a model of missionary discipleship, to speak to her as they would to a mother, and to trust always in her loving intercession.”

“In this way, as they seek to follow Christ Jesus more closely, they too, like the young woman of Nazareth, can truly ‘improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history'”.

Finally, the Holy Father imparted his Apostolic Blessing “as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord.”

Please find below the full message:

His Holiness Pope Francis sends warm greetings and prayerful best wishes to all gathered in Yogyakarta for the seventh Asian Youth Day.  He prays that young people from across Asia will listen ever more attentively to God’s call and respond with faith and courage to their vocation.  As they prepare for the next World Youth Day, His Holiness invites them to look to the Mother of the Lord as a model of missionary discipleship, to speak to her as they would to a mother, and to trust always in her loving intercession.  In this way, as they seek to follow Christ Jesus more closely, they too, like the young woman of Nazareth, can truly “improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history” (Message to Young People, 21 March 2017).  Entrusting all the youth and their families to the maternal intercession of Our Lady, Pope Francis gladly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and joy in the Lord.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

 

Source: Vatican News

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