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A future for building on the Gospel of Christ

· Benedict XVI to youth gathered in front of the Nunciature ·

On Tuesday, 11 May, after presiding at Mass on Palace Square, Lisbon, the Holy Father was driven back to the Apostolic Nunciature in the popemobile. While the Pope was dining, a group of young people from various parishes and ecclesial movements gathered outside the Nunciature to sing to the Pope and receive his Blessing. The Pope then spoke to them briefly. The following is a translation of the Pope's Greeting, which was given in Portuguese.

Dear Friends,

I appreciated the lively and numerous participation of young people in this afternoon's Mass on the Terreiro do Paço , a clear indication of their faith and their desire to build their future on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your joyful witness to Christ, who is eternally young, and thank you for the kindness you have shown to his humble Vicar on earth by gathering here this evening. You have come to wish me good night and from my heart I thank you; but now you must let me go and sleep, otherwise the night will not be good, and tomorrow awaits us.

I am very happy in being able to join the multitude of pilgrims to Fatima on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Beatification of Francisco and Jacinta. With Our Lady's help, they learned to recognize God's light in the depths of their hearts and to adore it in their lives. May the Virgin Mary obtain the same grace for you and may she protect you! I continue to count on you and on your prayers that this Visit to Portugal may bear abundant fruit. And now, with great affection, I give you my blessing, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Good night! See you tomorrow. Thank you very much!

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