“Christ is alive!” proclaims the pope. Pope Francis’s new Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit calls to “all Christian young people” and the People of God, including pastors and the faithful, and urges them to seek the youthful newness of life in Christ!
The pope proposes that youth engage the joy of a living God, the richness of their Catholic faith, and the strength of living in Christian community. He illuminates the Scriptures to give youth tangible hope and draw them more fully into the Church. And in a time of new technology and transformative social changes, the pope challenges youth to take the grounded path of generous sacrifice and faithful companionship with peers, family, neighbors, and elders.
Pope Francis knows committed and bold youth and young adults can change our world! He listened to youthful voices from all over the world during the synod on young people. Pope Francis now speaks full of the conviction that the youth will have great impact—and he challenges them to their best. The pope affirms the sacred time of youth as a time of dreams and decision, of maturity, courage, discernment, and valiant commitment. And he considers a plan for action that will take young people forward quickly, amid fears and hopes, into the work of a life with mission and purpose.
For the young and young at heart, this exhortation will stir all who read it to seek a newness of life in the promise of Christ’s Resurrection. Christus Vivit is vital for youth and young adults, as they live out their vocation in the Church and their mission in the world. The exhortation is also an important read for pastors, parents, educators, families, youth and young adult ministries, and all Christian young people. Get your printed copy now, and pick up a copy for a friend or young adult in your life!