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Called by name

· The Pope's message for the Jubilee for young boys and girls scheduled for April ·

And, even through the little things, build a world of peace

“Build daily, even through little things, a world of peace”. The Pope entrusted this task to the participants of the Jubilee for young boys and girls, scheduled for 23-25 April. For this occasion, Francis wrote a message to them, he continued: “I would like to invite you, one by one, calling you by name, as Jesus does each day. For you know that your names are written in heaven”.

In his message, the Pontiff recalled that the Jubilee is a celebration to which all are called, “without excluding anyone”, he said. Inviting the kids to participate in the events in April centered on the theme “Grow merciful like the Father”, Francis called them to prepare themselves to become “Christians capable of making courageous choices and decisions”. Stay, he said, “steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord”, maintain the will “to go against the current”.

“I cannot forget”, he writes, “those of you who are living in situations of war, extreme poverty, daily troubles and loneliness”. “Don’t ever lose hope!”, he said, “The Lord has a great dream which, with your help, he wants to come true! Your friends, young people your age living in less trying conditions than your own, have not forgotten you; they are working for peace and justice for everyone everywhere. Don’t be taken in by the messages of hatred or terror all around us”.

In conclusion, Francis called everyone to take part in the Jubilee, making pilgrimages in their local Churches. “Don’t just prepare your rucksacks and your banners, but your hearts and your minds as well”. And “as you walk through the Holy Door, remember that you are committing yourselves to grow in holiness and to draw nourishment from the Gospel and the Eucharist, the Word and the Bread of life, in order to help build a more just and fraternal world”.

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