On January 1, 2019 the Pope “Urbi et Orbi” message on the occasion of the World Day of Peace is about Peace as at the heart of missionary work among Christ’s disciples. Pope Francis zeroes in on politics today as the concrete venue where peace should be offered and given. There should be an end to war and the strategy of fear. He says that good politics is at the service of peace.
Almighty Father, God of life and love, You love us.
You trust and choose us to participate in Your saving work.
Empower us, Your young people, to stand firm in the faith through Your Holy Spirit.
May we bring our fellow young people closer to You.
Enable all of us:
Your young people, together with those ministering to us in the church, in families and in society,
to make a decisive response to our universal vocation:
to live fully and fruitfully by doing everything in love as we follow Jesus Christ.
In communion with the rest of the Church, we pray that this CBCP Year of the Youth
become a kairos time for the youth ministry of Your Church and a new springtime for us, Filipino youth:
a special period of growing in Your grace through our living in youthful holiness
and through our effort to reach out as a Church to those waiting for Your love.
Together with our Blessed Mother, we lift this prayer to You in Jesus Christ, Your Son,
our Friend, Brother and Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.