By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/6/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Meeting 50,000 altar servers, mostly from Germany but also including those from Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania and northern Italy, Pope Francis urged the young faithful what many others have been admonishing them: Get off your mobile phones and stop surfing the Internet!
Responding later in Italian to questions three young people posed in German, Pope Francis asked the young people to be very attentive when serving Mass, a service that "allows you to be close to Jesus, the word and bread of life."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis told the pilgrims, aged anywhere from 13 to 27 years of age that "time is a gift from God" but, like other gifts, it must be used well.
"Perhaps many young people waste too much time in useless things: chatting on the internet or with your mobile phone . the products of technology that should simplify and improve the quality of life, but sometimes take attention away from what is really important," he said.
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The altar servers were taking part in a pilgrimage to Rome. Sponsored by the German bishops' conference, the five-day pilgrimage included Masses and talks focusing on the freedom God gives to people and the challenge of using it well.
The Pope paid a compliment to his guests as well. As for time management, Pope Francis said to the young people, "but you're German and you do this well."
The Pope, for the first time in his pontificate also gave a short public homily in German - a language he learned in the late 1980s when he worked on his doctorate in Germany - during the evening service in St Peter's Square.
During evening prayers with the young people, he said, "God showed us that he is a good father. How did he do it? Through the incarnation of his Son, who became one of us."
In Jesus, the Pope said, "we can understand what God really wants. He wants human beings who are free because they always know they are protected like the children of a good father."
Still speaking in German, the Pope said God needed a human being to bring his plan to completion: Mary, who "was totally free. In her freedom, she said yes."
Responding later in Italian to questions three young people posed in German, Pope Francis asked the young people to be very attentive when serving Mass, a service that "allows you to be close to Jesus, the word and bread of life.
"I'll give you some advice: the Gospel that you listen to during the liturgy, read it again personally, in silence, and apply it to your life; and with the love of Christ, received in Holy Communion, you can put it into practice," he said.
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