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God wants you to find real love - lifelong love - pope tells youths

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Christianity is not a set of prohibitions, but a "project for life" that can lead to true happiness in building better relationships and a better world, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

"Do you realize how much you are worth in the eyes of God?" the pope asked youths in his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day. "Do you know that you are loved and welcomed by him unconditionally?"

Christian ID: You have to leave comforts of home to find it, pope says

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People will not find the face of God by relaxing at home on the couch, surfing online or reading encyclopedias, Pope Francis said.

Only people with a restless heart that thirsts for God will find him as they strike out on the road, taking risks and overcoming fatigue, danger and doubt, he said Feb. 10 during the morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

Salvation in the city: Be neighborhood apostles, pope urges laity

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Cities can be chaotic and cold, but people need God in a metropolis as much as they need him anywhere, Pope Francis said.

Lay Catholics especially are called "to go out without fear," offering a human touch and God's love to people they work with or live near, the pope said Saturday during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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