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'Asian youth, wake up!' Church needs your witness, Pope says

Aug 17, 2014 - 02:20 am .- Addressing thousands of young people from across Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the urgent need to “wake up” and spread Christ’s love throughout the continent, pointing to the martyrs as examples.

Chinese youth moved to tears by Pope's informal remarks

Aug 16, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A young man from Hong Kong was moved by Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff remarks during the opening celebration of the 6th Asian Youth Day, stating that the pontiff spoke to them “heart-to-heart.”

Pope Francis: 'There is only one Korea'

Aug 15, 2014 - 04:50 am .- Addressing the division between North and South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that the two are “one family,” calling for prayers of re-unification while stressing repentance and forgiveness.

Pope to Asian youth: Are you ready to say 'yes' to Christ?

Aug 15, 2014 - 04:04 am .- In an Aug. 15 meeting with Asian youth, Pope Francis emphasized the need to respond joyfully to God’s call in order to carry the hope of Christ to a world that desperately needs it.

El Salvador youth saved from violence by music

Jul 24, 2014 - 02:12 am .- Nearly 1,000 children and teens who live in violent, crime-ridden areas of El Salvador have turned to the Don Bosco Youth Symphonic Orchestra as an alternative to a life of drugs and conflict.

Pope Francis to meet with 20 young Asian leaders

Jul 23, 2014 - 08:22 am .- During his upcoming apostolic voyage to South Korea Pope Francis is slated to meet with 20 Asian youth during the 2014 Asia Youth Day, including Korean pop-star BoA.

Vatican releases itinerary for Pope’s visit to Korea

Jun 19, 2014 - 09:10 am .- The Holy See has officially announced what Pope Francis’ schedule will be while in South Korea later this summer, during which he is slated to meet with Asian youth and beatify 124 Korean martyrs.

Reject mediocrity, Pope encourages young pilgrims

Jun 8, 2014 - 10:59 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity.

Animated video on John Paul II aims to evangelize youth

May 14, 2014 - 11:02 am .- In honor of the canonization of St. John Paul II, audiovisual resource page Catholic Link has created an animated video detailing the profound spiritual life of the saint with the hope of reaching youth.

John Paul II remembered for influential love of youth, nature

Apr 26, 2014 - 09:11 am .- Pope John Paul II’s love for young people and nature was based on a profound understanding of the link that both bear to God, say organizers of a Colorado summer camp named after the late pontiff.

Transcript: Pope Francis' March 31 interview with Belgian youth

Apr 7, 2014 - 04:29 am .- Pope Francis recently gave an interview at the Vatican to some youth from Flanders (Belgium), accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, Lucas Van Looy. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian.

Pope: Christians have not been chosen for 'small things'

Jan 17, 2014 - 05:29 am .- In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call of God, stating that this is often faced with obstacles and requires “going against the tide.”

Spread 'joy' of Jesus' friendship, Pope tells teens

Dec 20, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged teens to be living witnesses of their faith in his remarks during an audience with young members of the Italian Catholic Action movement.

Over 10,000 youth to send birthday card to Pope Francis

Dec 6, 2013 - 02:11 am .- More than 10,000 young people have signed a giant birthday card for Pope Francis, offering their prayers and well-wishes for the Holy Father’s 77th birthday on Dec. 17.

Pope Francis entreats youth not to fear commitment

Oct 4, 2013 - 02:25 pm .- Pope Francis concluded his one-day pilgrimage to Assisi with a visit to young people, encouraging them to reject a “provisional culture” that fears making definitive commitments.

Pope cautions youth against selling themselves to 'merchants of death'

Sep 22, 2013 - 02:45 pm .- Pope Francis spoke forcefully to the youth of Sardinia today, urging them to stay faithful to Christ and avoid the dangers of cynicism and hopelessness.

Augustinian order to focus on evangelizing Europe, youth

Aug 30, 2013 - 11:59 am .- The Augustinian order is working on devising ways to evangelize secularized Europe and young people during the next few years, said members at the group’s meeting in Rome.

Spanish bishop calls for active charity on feast of Assumption

Aug 16, 2013 - 01:49 pm .- Bishop Mario Iceta of Bilbao, Spain, said that like Mary, we should allow our lives to be used to offer hope to those in all forms of poverty, as well as to young people. 

Pope confirms young people, calls them to be 'steadfast'

Apr 28, 2013 - 09:33 am .- At a Mass where he confirmed 44 young people, Pope Francis encouraged the youth of the world to persist in their faith even in the midst of obstacles.  

'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

Mar 28, 2013 - 12:20 pm .- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.

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