Saturday, April 08, 2006

Benedict To Youth: Be Courageous!


VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2006 (VIS) - Yesterday evening in St. Peter's Square, Benedict XVI participated in a gathering of young people from the diocese of Rome. The meeting was held in preparation for 21st World Youth Day (WYD) which will be celebrated on Palm Sunday, April 9, in dioceses all over the world on the theme: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."

Prior to the Pope's arrival, orchestras and choirs entertained the crowd, their music at times accompanied by dances. Italian singers such as Ron and Giuseppe Povia also participated in the event.

The Pope arrived at 6 p.m. and greeted the young people present. Together with them, he then welcomed the World Youth Day Cross, carried into the square by a group of youths from the German city of Cologne, site of last year's WYD.

Maddalena Santoro, the sister of Fr. Andrea Santoro who was murdered in Trabzon, Turkey in February this year, read out some words recalling the life and testimony of her brother, who was a priest from the diocese of Rome. After her reading, Benedict XVI rose to embrace her and thank her for participating in the event.

The Pope then answered questions from five young people concerning the themes of Holy Scripture, love, apostolate, vocation, and the relationship between science and faith.
"The Bible," said the Holy Father to the first of his questioners, an engineering student who wished to know whether Holy Scripture is always the Word of God, "cannot be read as if it were a history book. ... The Word cannot be read as an academic exercise, but by praying and saying to God: 'Help me to understand Your Word'."

The Pope also recommended Holy Scripture be read while closely following "the masters of 'Lectio Divina,' ... in the company of the People of God, and in communion with the Church which transmits the Word down through the centuries."

Read more of his answers on Love, Apostolate, Vocation and Science from EWTN


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