-JOHN PAUL II - TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE KIEL CENTER St. Louis, January 26, 1999"Christianity is not simply a doctrine: it is an encounter in faith with God made present in our history through the incarnation of Jesus."
MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II TO THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD ON THE OCCASION OF THE XIX WORLD YOUTH DAY 2004
"It is true: Jesus is a demanding friend. He points to lofty goals; he asks us to go out of ourselves in order to meet Him, entrusting to Him our whole life : 'Whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it' (Mk 8:35). The proposal may seem difficult, and, in some cases, frightening. But – I ask you – is it better to be resigned to a life without ideals, to a world made in our image and likeness, or rather, generously to seek truth, goodness, justice, working for a world that reflects the beauty of God, even at the cost of facing the trials it may involve?"
-JPII - MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER TO THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD ON THE OCCASION OF THE XII WORLD YOUTH DAY