Pope to Kids: Spurn 'Spiritual Desert'

Young should change lives of 'quiet despair,' Benedict pleads
By Green Point,  Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2008 9:11 AM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI reaches out to kiss a child from his Pope-mobile on his arrival for the Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse during World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, July 20, 2008.    (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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(Newser) – Pope Benedict XVI called on young Christians to revive spirituality by rejecting modern society's greed and materialism, AP reports. At a mass of 350,000 young pilgrims in Sydney, and a global TV audience of millions, the pope called for "a new age in which hope liberates us from the shallowness, apathy, and self-absorption which deadens our souls." The mass concluded a six-day World Youth festival, which drew crowds from 160 countries.