Friday, July 18, 2008

Pope welcomes World Youth

While the local scene is currently embroiled in a touchy conflict around a proposed national bill for "Reproductive Health", it is worthwhile to pause a moment and hear Pope Benedict's World Youth Day welcome message from Down Under. The full text is posted on the Vatican website here. The following is just an excerpt (the last paragraph from that message), but it is more than enough:

"My dear friends, God’s creation is one and it is good. The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity. They cannot, however, be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignity of every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God himself and thus inviolable. Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises. Our hearts and minds are yearning for a vision of life where love endures, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom finds meaning in truth, and where identity is found in respectful communion. This is the work of the Holy Spirit! This is the hope held out by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is to bear witness to this reality that you were created anew at Baptism and strengthened through the gifts of the Spirit at Confirmation. Let this be the message that you bring from Sydney to the world!"

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