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Monday, August 8, 2005
Make God the center of Our Lives
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World Youth Day 2005 SymbolWith World Youth Day approaching, Pope Benedict XVI prepares and is calling for God to be the most important part of our daily lives. We can live this through prayer and love of God and our neighbor.

Adoring God means recognizing his presence as creator and lord of the universe and ensuring that God is the most important part of one's life, Pope Benedict XVI said. With about 2,000 people packed into the courtyard of his summer villa south of Rome and several thousand more people gathered in the square outside the villa Aug. 7, the pope focused his address on the upcoming celebration of World Youth Day. The theme of the Aug. 16-21 celebration in Cologne, Germany, is: "We Have Come to Worship Him." Pope Benedict said an attitude of worship and adoration is the attitude that has marked the lives of saints throughout Christian history. It involves recognizing the greatness of God and the gift of salvation in Jesus with gratitude that "arises from the depths of one's heart and marks one's whole being," he said.

Source: CNS

A plenary indulgence has even been granted to those who participate at World Youth Day. A very large crowd is planned.

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