Pope in undelivered speech: ‘Love honestly, with purity’

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MANILA, Jan, 19, 2015—In the famous papal speech that never was, the head of one the world’s oldest institutions was supposed to challenge an estimated 24,000 Filipino youth at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) to love despite risks, to love honestly and with purity.

“(I)t is essential not to lose your integrity! Not to compromise your ideals! Not to give in to temptations against goodness, holiness, courage and purity!” says the pontiff in a prepared speech he chose to forego, choosing to give a completely impromptu message at the Encounter with the Youth held at the Royal and Pontifical University on Jan. 18.

Reports say an estimated 24,000 young people crammed into the University of Sto. Tomas for Pope Francis’ Encounter with the Youth, Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo: Dominic Barrios)

Reports say an estimated 24,000 young people crammed into the University of Sto. Tomas for Pope Francis’ Encounter with the Youth, Jan. 18, 2015. (Photo: Dominic Barrios)

The pontiff asked the youth to “rise to the challenge” of becoming “the architects of a renewed and more just Filipino culture,” he notes.

Principled love

According to the Holy Father, the youth should “not be afraid to love” but should also maintain their integrity in loving.

“Here too, be honest and fair!,” he stresses.

The pontiff also mentions how many temptations lure young people away from the Church, emphasizing that they should love with a love that “never compromises their Christian moral principles.”

“One of the greatest challenges young people face is learning to love. To love means
to take a risk: the risk of rejection, the risk of being taken advantage of, or worse, of taking advantage of another.”

Quoting St. Paul in his letter to Timothy, the Holy Father shares, “Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity” (1 Tim 4:12).

Daily prayer, Eucharist

The Argentine pontiff reiterates the Church’s call to the young faithful to set a good example: an example of integrity.

His Holiness admits, however, that in doing this, the youth will meet with opposition, negativity, discouragement, and ridicule.

Adding to this, Pope Francis says the Holy Spirit will enable young people to face difficulties through daily prayer and the Eucharist.

“[With these], you will be able to achieve that moral greatness to which Jesus calls you,” he declared, urging them to be a compass for those struggling, especially young people who are tempted to lose hope, to abandon their high ideals, to drop out of school, or to live on the streets,” the pontiff adds.

Civilization of love

In a nod to newly-canonized St. John Paul II, Pope Francis quotes the late pontiff as saying, also in UST, that the world needs “a new kind of young person’ – one committed to the highest ideals and eager to build the civilization of love.”

“Be those young persons! Never lose your idealism! Be joyful witnesses to God’s love and the beautiful plan he has for us, for this country and for the world in which we live,” he adds.

In closing, Pope Francis asks the young people to pray for him.

Pope Francis flew back to Rome today, Jan. 19 from Villamor Air base on board Shepherd One Philippine Airline PR 8010 at 10:00 a.m. ( (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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One Response to Pope in undelivered speech: ‘Love honestly, with purity’

  1. The undelivered speech of the Pontiff would have been an enlightening one
    for the young generation of today where good principles are
    Compromised in order to belong. Thank you for publishing Pope Francis’
    undelivered speech!

    Maria Alma C. de Jesus
    January 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

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