Pope Francis' Message for 30th World Youth Day
«Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God» (Mt 5: 8). A presentation based on the Holy Father's message for 2015 World Youth Day, which was held on Palm Sunday at the diocesan level.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Pope Francis' Message for 30th World Youth Day
Dear Young Friends, We continue our spiritual
pilgrimage toward Krakow, July 2016 International World
Our guide for the journey is the Beatitudes.
This year, we reﬂect on the 6th beatitude:
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they shall see God" (Mt 5:8).
The Sermon on the Mount,
by Carl Heinrich Bloch
1. The desire for happiness
God has placed in the heart of every man and woman an
irrepressible desire for happiness, for fulﬁllment. Have you not
noticed that your hearts are restless, always searching for a
treasure which can satisfy your thirst for the inﬁnite?
Adam and Eve Before the
Fall, by Daderot
The ﬁrst chapters of Genesis show us the
happiness that we are called to:
perfect communion with God, with others,
with nature, and with ourselves.
The Garden of Eden,
Attributed to Jan Breughel
God’s plan from the beginning:
That we approach God freely, to see Him and to be close to
Him, His divine light illumining every human relationship with
truth and transparency.
In the state of original purity,
there was no need to put on masks, to engage in ploys or to
attempt to conceal ourselves from one another. Everything
was clear and pure.
When sin entered into human history,
we were no longer capable of closeness to God. The
attractions of power, wealth, possessions, and a desire for
pleasure at all costs, led us to sorrow and anguish.
"What can bring us happiness? Let
the light of your face shine on us, O
Lord" (Ps 4:7).
The Father responded to this plea by sending his Son. In
Jesus, God has taken on a human face. Jesus frees us from
sin and opens new and unimaginable horizons.
Dear young men and women, in Christ your every
desire for happiness is fulﬁlled.
He alone can satisfy your deepest longings, which are so often
clouded by deceptive worldly promises.
Shed the masks of a false life!
Do something great with your lives!
World Youth Day, Madrid
2011 photo by Peter17
2. Blessed are the pure in heart…
God does not look to appearances, but to the heart (cf. 1
Sam16:7). It is from the heart that we see God.
The heart is...
really the human being in his or her totality as a unity of body
and soul, in his or her ability to love and to be loved.
How is “pure” deﬁned?
The Greek word used by the evangelist Matthew
is katharos, which basically means clean, pure, undeﬁled.
So what is the “happiness born of a
From Jesus’ list of the evils which make someone impure (evil
thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting,
wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride,
foolishness), we see that the question has to do above all with
the area of our relationships.
Each one of us must learn to discern
for ourselves what can "deﬁle" our
heart and to form our conscience rightly and sensibly,
so we can discern “the will of God, what is good and
acceptable and perfect” (Rom 12:2).
have a healthy concern for creation, for the purity of our air,
water and food, but more than that, protect the purity of
your heart and your relationships! Breathe the pure air that
comes from beauty, from true love, and from holiness!
"Where is your treasure? In what
does your heart ﬁnd its rest?"
Our hearts can be attached to true or false treasures; they can
ﬁnd genuine rest or they can simply slumber, becoming lazy.
The greatest good we can have in life
is our relationship with God.
Are you convinced of this?
Do you realize how much you are worth
in the eyes of God?
Do you know that you are loved and
welcomed by Him unconditionally, as
indeed you are?
Do you remember the conversation that Jesus had with the
rich young man (cf. Mk 10:17-22)? The evangelist Mark
observes that the Lord looked upon him and loved him (v. 21),
and invited him to follow him and thus to ﬁnd true riches.
I hope, dear young friends, that this loving gaze of
Christ will accompany each of you throughout life.
Youth is a time of life when your desire for a love which is
genuine, beautiful and expansive begins to blossom in your
hearts. Do not let this precious treasure be debased,
destroyed or spoiled. That is what happens when we start to
use our neighbors for our own selﬁsh ends, as objects of
pleasure. Hearts are broken and sadness follows upon these
I urge you: Do not be afraid of true
love, the love that Jesus teaches us and
which Saint Paul describes as "patient
Paul says: "Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or
rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or
resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the
right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things" (1 Cor 13:4-8).
Dear young friends,
Rediscover the beauty of the human vocation to love! Rebel
against reducing love to something banal, to its sexual aspect
alone, deprived of its essential beauty, communion, ﬁdelity
Have the courage to ‘swim against
the tide’. And also have the courage
to be happy."
Be revolutionaries! Rebel against this culture that sees
everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are
incapable of responsibility. I have conﬁdence in you and I pray
Allow yourselves to discover the rich teachings of the
Church on love. Discover that Christianity does not consist of
a series of prohibitions which stiﬂe our desire for happiness,
but rather a project for life capable of captivating our hearts.
3. …for they shall see God
In the heart of each man and woman, the Lord’s invitation
constantly resounds: "Seek my face!" (Ps 27:8). At the same
time, we must always realize that we are poor sinners.
"Who can climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in
his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure
heart" (Ps 24:3-4).
But we must never be afraid or discouraged: throughout
the Bible and in the history of each one of us we see that it is
always God who takes the ﬁrst step. He puriﬁes us so that
we can come into His presence.
do this unfailingly each day" (cf. Evangelii
The Lord’s invitation to encounter him is made to each of you,
in whatever place or situation you ﬁnd yourself. It sufﬁces to
have the desire for "a renewed personal encounter with Jesus
Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter you; I
ask all of you to
It is enough to take a small step
to realize that He awaits us always with open arms,
particularly in the sacrament of Reconciliation, a privileged
opportunity to encounter that divine mercy which puriﬁes us
and renews our hearts.
My question to you is this: "Are you
Do you know that you can speak with Jesus, with the Father,
with the Holy Spirit, as you speak to a friend? And not just any
friend, but the greatest and most trusted of your friends!
You will discover what one of his parishioners told the Curé of
Ars: "When I pray before the tabernacle, ‘I look at him,
and he looks at me’" (Catechism of the Catholic Church,
I invite you to encounter the Lord
by frequently reading sacred Scripture.
If you are not already in the habit of doing so, begin with the
Gospels. Read a line or two each day. Let God’s word speak to
your heart and enlighten your path (cf.Ps 119:105).
You will discover that God can be "seen"
also in the face of your brothers and sisters,
especially those who are most forgotten: the poor, the hungry,
those who thirst, strangers, the sick, those imprisoned
(cf. Mt 25:31-46). Have you ever had this experience?
Dear young people, in order to enter into the logic of the
Kingdom of Heaven, we must recognize that we are poor with
the poor. A pure heart is necessarily one which has been
stripped bare, a heart that knows how to bend down and
share its life with those most in need.
Encountering God in prayer, the reading of the Bible and in the
fraternal life will help you better to know the Lord and
yourselves. Like the disciples on the way to Emmaus
(cf. Lk 24:13-35), the Lord’s voice will make your hearts burn
within you. He will open your eyes to recognize his presence
and to discover the loving plan he has for your life.
Some of you feel, or will soon feel, the Lord’s call to married
life, to forming a family. I also ask you to consider whether
you are being called to the consecrated life or the priesthood.
How beautiful it is to see young people who embrace the call
to dedicate themselves fully to Christ and to the service of his
Church! Challenge yourselves, and with a pure heart do not be
afraid of what God is asking of you!
4. On the way to Krakow
This year’s World Youth Day begins the ﬁnal stage of
preparations for the great gathering of young people from
around the world in Krakow in 2016.
May the saintly Pope
John Paul II, the Patron
of World Youth Day,
intercede on behalf of
our pilgrimage toward
his beloved Krakow. And
may the maternal gaze of
the Blessed Virgin Mary,
full of grace, all-beautiful
and all-pure, accompany
us at every step along
Have the courage to be happy!
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see
God" (Mt 5:8). Dear young men and women, as you see, this
beatitude speaks directly to your lives and is a guarantee of
your happiness. So once more I urge you:
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photo: Alfredo Borba