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Papal exhortation to swim against the tide of individualism

Pope John Paul II told a large assembly of Italian Scouts and Guides "to swim 'against the current' to overcome the temptations of individualism, laziness and disengagement".

The 30,000 young Italians filled St Peter's Square yesterday to hear the Pope tell them that they must "grow harmoniously in order to contribute to the building of a world of friendship and solidarity".

Noting that the Year of the Eucharist had just begun, the Pope asked them to make the mystery of the Eucharist "a constant reference point in your daily choices."

"Today, he said, "you wished to renew your 'promise' before the Pope, and I am happy to be a witness to your proposal to be faithful to God, Who calls you to live communion and friendship with Him; to be faithful to yourselves, in seeking and fulfilling the project that the Father, in His love, has planned for each of you, and to be faithful to your neighbor who expects from you the gift of a fully human and Christian commitment."

Citing part of the scouting motto, the Holy Father told the "Brownie and Cub Scouts 'to do your best' every day to grow joyfully in your packs and dens, discovering the marvels of creation. I exhort you, Guides and Explorers, to 'always be prepared to do good, as, together with your troop, you learn responsibilities and how to be active members of the ecclesial and civil communities to which you belong."

Pope welcomes 30,000 Italian scouts with "happy heart" (Vatican Information Service 25/10/04)

John Paul II Remembers Murdered Missionaries (Zenit 24/10/04)
Pope Encourages Scouts to "Swim Against the Current" of Individualism (Zenit 24/10/04)
Pope Makes Gesture to Orthodox Church ( Press 21/10/04)
Pope marks Mission Sunday (Catholic World News 25/10/04)
Pope lauds Boy Scouts (Catholic World News 25/10/04)
John Paul asks for prayers, concrete support for missions (Vatican Information Service 25/10/04)
To students: put your talent at the service of the Church (Vatican Information Service 25/10/04)

26 Oct 2004