07 Pope tells youth to evangelize through the ‘Digital World’ - Hannah Brockhaus

posted Jul 5, 2018, 10:47 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 10:48 AM ]
Sharing the Gospel with people at the peripheries might not even require stepping outside the door, Pope Francis said, encouraging Christians to evangelize through encounters in the "digital world."

Especially for young people, "the ends of the earth...are quite relative and always easily 'navigable'. The digital world - the social networks that are so pervasive and readily available - dissolves borders, eliminates distances, and reduces differences."

But if we lack a "sincere gift of our lives," he continued, "we could well have countless contacts, but never share in a true communion of life. To share in the mission to the ends of the earth demands a gift of oneself in the vocation that God, who has placed us on this earth, chooses to give us."

The Pope's words were published in a message on the theme, 'Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all,' published ahead of the 92nd World Missionary Day, which will take place Oct. 21.

Pope Francis explained that the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment will also take place in October, which is the "month of the Missions," and that the Synod "will prove to be one more occasion to help us become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and His mission, to the ends of the earth."

While the pope's message was for "all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God," he reflected specifically on the missionary role of young people.

Addressing youth, he said, "What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us."

Quoting the words of St John Paul II in Redemptoris Missio, Pope Francis said: "Mission revitalises faith," and emphasised that young men and women who want to follow Christ need "to seek, to discover, and to persevere" in their God-given vocations, which will lead to joy.