"This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops."
When visiting the United States for the eighth celebration of World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, John Paul II did not mince words when addressing the youth.
He explained, “This marvelous world … is the theater of a never ending battle being waged for our dignity and identity as free, spiritual beings. This struggle parallels the apocalyptic combat described in the [book of Revelation]. Death battles against Life: a ‘culture of death’ seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full.”
John Paul II pointed out how this battle is taking shape in our world, “The family especially is under attack. And the sacred character of human life denied. Naturally, the weakest members of society are the most at risk: the unborn, children, the sick, the handicapped, the old, the poor and unemployed, the immigrant and refugee, the South of the world!”
He then went on to challenge the youth to be on the frontline of this battle, giving them specific tasks that will help good triumph over evil.