POPE FRANCIS: ANGELUS, "WE HAVE AN APPOINTMENT IN KRAKOW"

"Dear young friends, we have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Kraków, Poland." With these words, pronounced at the end of the Angelus prayer after the Mass celebrated in Copacabana, Pope Francis announced to the youth gathered in Rio the next WYD, which will thereby return to the homeland of John Paul II after having been held in Chestochowa, in 1991. "Through Our Lady’s maternal intercession, let us ask for the light of the Holy Spirit upon the journey that will lead us to this next stage in our joyful celebration of faith and the love of Christ", the Pope said. "Never be afraid to be generous with Christ. It is worth it!" The Pope then invited young people to "go out and set off with courage and generosity, so that every man and every woman may meet the Lord." The Pope addressed the opening words of the Angelus prayer to young people, thanking them "for all the joy you have given me in these days", "I carry each one of you in my heart!" assured the Pope, inviting them to take after "our model": Virgin Mary. She "received the most precious gift from God, as her immediate response sets off to be of service and to bring Jesus", the Pope said. "Let us ask Our Lady to help us too to give Christ’s joy to our families, our companions, our friends, to everyone." (continued)

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