Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pope: follow the path of the Gospel




The Holy Father travelled to Romano Canavese in Piedmonte by helicopter for the Angelus today.

"The fundamental values of family and respect for human life, attention to social justice, the ability to tackle hard work and sacrifice, the strong bonds with the Christian faith through parish life and especially participation in the Mass have been down through the centuries - he continued - your true strength. These same values will allow the generation of today build their own future with hope, giving rise to a truly united and fraternal society, where all the different aspects, the institutions and the economy are imbued with the spirit of the Gospel."

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"In a special way – he continued - I speak to young people, of whom we must think in an educational perspective. Here, as everywhere, we must ask ourselves what kind of culture are they being proposed; what kind of examples and models are proposed to them, and we must assess whether they are likely to encourage them to follow the ways of the Gospel and of real freedom. Young people are full of resources, but they must be helped to overcome the temptation of the easy and deceptive paths to find the path of true and full life.

Dear brothers and sisters! In this land of yours, full of Christian traditions and human values, many male and female vocations have flourished, in particular for the Salesian Family, like that of Cardinal Bertone, who was born in your own parish, was baptized in this church, and grew up in a family where he assimilated a genuine faith. Your diocese owes much to the sons and daughters of Don Bosco, for their fruitful and widespread presence throughout the area since the years the when Holy Founder was still alive. This is a further encouragement for your diocesan community to increasingly engage in the context of education and vocation”.

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