Happy Birthday to Our Holy Father, Pope Francis!
Today he celebrated his 77th birthday by saying Mass and having breakfast with four homeless people who live on the streets in the Vatican. A small dog even joined in!
This holy man continues to inspire the lives of those he touches every day. As Youth Apostles, we are committed to evangelize, teach, advise, challenge, console, and love youth with the ultimate purpose of inspiring them to live a Christ-like life. Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has done just this: inspire the youth to lead Christ-like lives! We take great joy in His call to go to the outskirts and bring the youth to Jesus.
Here are some quotes that the Holy Father has said to encourage young people in their walk of faith.
“To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.”
“Dear young friends, it is worth wagering one’s life on Christ and on the Gospel, risking everything for great ideals!” (Given at World Youth Day in Rio)
“Dear young friends, learn to pray every day; this is the way to know Jesus and invite him into your lives.” Given at World Youth Day in Rio)
May God continue to bless our Holy Father during his pontificate, that he may be the hands and feet of Christ to all he meets.