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Pope warns against pursuit of pleasure

Pope John Paul II exhorted youth to follow a path of chastity, saying yesterday that human beings are "not fulfilled by following the impulses of pleasure".

The Holy Father, in his weekly address to the faithful in St. Peter's Square, cited the story of St. Maria Goretti, a young girl who was murdered a century ago for rebuffing the sexual advances of an older man.

"St. Maria Goretti is an example to the new generation, threatened by a mentality of release that has difficultly understanding the importance of values that should not be compromised," he said.

"Her martyrdom reminds us that a human being is not fulfilled by following the impulses of pleasure but by living life in love and responsibility," he said.

The Pope mentioned to the several thousand gathered in the square under the Roman sun that he would be presiding over the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations in Toronto, which will be held later this month.

"Don't allow the culture of having and of pleasure to lull your consciences to sleep," he advised the young. "Be alert and vigilant guards."


8 Jul 2002