Holy Father Speaks to Youth at Marian Shrine in Loretto
ROME, Sep 2, 2007 (CNA) .- Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to young people not to follow the ways of the world but rather follow the path of true love and humility. Speaking to a vast crowd of young people gathered near the Marian shrine in Loreto, Italy, close to the Adriatic Sea coast, he called on youth to live a lifestyle that “goes against the trend” and to emulate the example of Mary by transforming society through humility.
LORETO, Sep 2, 2007 (CNA) .- On Saturday, the Italian Church sponsored its annual “Saving Creation Day” in Loreto, Italy. Pope Benedict helped mark the day by telling the 300,000 young people gathered at the popular Marian shrine, that they must be responsible with the gift of God’s creation. Marking “Save Creation Day”, an initiative of the Italian bishops, the Pope also called on the young people present to protect the environment, asking them to “react urgently …. to recreate a strong bond between Man and Earth and to reverse trends which risk causing irreparable damage.”