(Rio de Janeiro, from our correspondents) – "The best gift we can give to others is the presence of Christ. Youthful enthusiasm shows in the faces of young Christians who wish to unite the testimony of an authentically Christian life with the social consequences of the Gospel. We are called to be protagonists of a new world. I am sure that you will do this in your cities and countries. The world needs young people like you". With these words the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Mgr. Orani Joao Tempesta, greeted the hundreds of thousands of young people who participated in the opening mass of WYD on Copacabana beach yesterday evening. "We are called to live a committed faith in this plural time, marked by many questions and changes – the archbishop said – but with the enthusiasm and coherence of those who let themselves be guided by the Holy Spirit". "The missionary path – he continued – requires discernment, utopia, dream, but also the assistance of someone on our side to help us recognise the voice of God. We are called to build a world of brothers. May we all feel welcomed into the embrace of Christ". "We have many barriers to overcome and injustices. Let us build bridges instead of walls and obstacles. It is time – he concluded – to awaken confidence and hope. Another world is possible".” ” ” “

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