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Happiness is not an app

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Happiness is not an app

“Your happiness has no price. It cannot be bought: it is not an ‘app’ that
you can download on your phones. This was Pope Francis’ admonition to the
thousands of young people gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday morning, 24
April, to celebrate their Jubilee Mass, which was the culmination of the three
Jubilee days attended in Rome by adolescents from around the world. With a simple
and direct homily, with a wealth of ideas and references to the everyday
experiences of the young, Francis spoke again on the consignment of Christian
love: not that “pie in the sky love or that found in soap operas, he
explained, but the “genuine love that Jesus teaches about. This love, the
Pontiff underscored, “is not an easy path. It is demanding and it requires
effort, but in the end “it makes us happy.

all, from the Pope’s standpoint, love means giving: “not only something
material, but also something of one’s self: one’s own time, one’s friendship,
one’s own abilities. It is a matter of

being able to “love without being
possessive, letting others be free and witnessing first hand the freedom of
“being able to choose the good. It is a commitment to make “courageous and
noble choices, not accepting “mediocrity and to foster “responsibility

the Mass, at the Regina Caeli the Pope renewed the appeal for the bishops,
priests and religious, both Christian and Orthodox, who are sequestered in

in the afternoon, the Pope went to Villa Borghese to meet with leaders of the
Mariapolis in Rome organized by the Focolare Movement, where he spoke about the
need to have mercy in relationships with others. He spoke of forgiveness in a
video message sent on Saturday evening to the young people gathered in Rome’s
Olympic Stadium for an evening of celebration
and testimony. To sixteen of them in that morning, the Pope had
administered the Sacrament of Confession in St Peter’s Square.


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