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Pope Francis encourages Medjugorje Youth Festival attendees: ‘God has a plan’

In a message to the thousands of young participants attending the 2023 Medjugorje Youth Festival, Pope Francis urged them to reject laziness and selfishness and to embrace God’s plan for their lives. The Pope emphasized that God has a unique and loving plan for each individual and encouraged the youth not to be afraid of following His will. The Medjugorje Youth Festival, also known as “Mladifest,” is currently in its 34th year and is took place from July 26 to July 30 at the location of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event is centered on prayer and includes daily Mass, testimonials, eucharistic adoration, and a candlelight procession.

Catholic News Agency reports:

Shun laziness and selfishness and do not be afraid to follow God’s plan for your life, Pope Francis told the thousands of young participants of the 2023 Medjugorje Youth Festival in a message on Thursday.

“God has a plan of love for each of you. Do not be afraid of his will, but place all your trust in his grace. To him you are precious and important, because you are the work of his hands,” Pope Francis said in a message published by the Vatican on July 27.

The youth festival, in its 34th edition, is being held July 26–30 at the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Also known as “Mladifest,” the five-day event is focused on prayer and includes daily Mass and eucharistic adoration, testimonials, and a candlelight procession.

“Only [God] knows your heart and your deepest desires. Only he who loves you with absolute love is able to fulfill your aspirations. No one but God can give you true happiness,” the pope continued.

He encouraged the festival’s attendees to follow the example of Mary in giving their unconditional “yes” to the Lord.

“Let there be no place in your life for selfishness nor for laziness,” he added. “Take advantage of your youth to lay, together with the Lord, the foundation of your existence, for your personal, professional, and social future will depend on the choices you make during these years.”

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