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Francis to Youth: Carry the Hope of Christ to a World that Desperately Needs It

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Catholic News Agency - published on 08/15/14

“You don’t choose the road you take. God chooses for you,” he said, explaining that it is simply our role to listen to which path God is calling us to take.

He invited the young people to pray with him three times, “Lord, what do you want from me?”

The Pope also addressed a question posed by another participant about the lack of saints and martyrs from Cambodia. He assured the young woman that the country has many saints, but said that the Church has not officially recognized them through the process of canonization. He was met with enthusiastic applause as he promised that upon returning to Italy, he would ask the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints to look into the matter.

In addition, he touched on the temptations of materialism, emphasizing that if you try to buy happiness, you will find that it is only an illusion. The happiness of love is the only joy that will last, he said.  

The Holy Father concluded the two-hour gathering by giving the young people his blessing and asking them to pray for him.

Reprinted courtesy of Catholic News Agency.

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