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Light of Faith


The first encyclical from Pope Francis has been released. The encyclical, Lumen Fidei or The Light of Faith, was begun by Pope Benedict XVI and completed by Pope Francis. Issued to mark this Year of Faith, and covering many aspects of what faith is, the encyclical has an important challenge to the Church about how we walk alongside our young people.

Young people… ought to feel the constant closeness and support of their familites and the Church in the their journey of faith.

In our work with young people, in our daily lives as members of the Church, how do we enable young people to “feel the constant closeness and support” they deserve?

Pope Francis also recalls “the joy that young people show in their faith” at World Youth Days. With preparations continuing apace for WYD in Rio and events like [email protected] next month, we can look to how we continue to show our closeness and support of young people in the journey of faith.

Paragraph 53 of Light of Faith

Young people in particular, who are going through a period in their lives which is so com­plex, rich and important for their faith, ought to feel the constant closeness and support of their families and the Church in their journey of faith. We have all seen, during World Youth Days, the joy that young people show in their faith and their desire for an ever more solid and generous life of faith. Young people want to live life to the fullest. Encountering Christ, letting themselves be caught up in and guided by his love, enlarges the horizons of existence, gives it a firm hope which will not disappoint. Faith is no refuge for the fainthearted, but something which enhances our lives. It makes us aware of a magnificent call­ing, the vocation of love. It assures us that this love is trustworthy and worth embracing, for it is based on God’s faithfulness which is stronger than our every weakness.

For the full text, visit the Vatican website or the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

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