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How to have hope: Pope Francis gives point-by-point guide

Young people should love, believe and follow their dreams, never despairing because Jesus is always with them, Pope Francis said.

When life hits hard, they should try to get up again, letting others help them, and if they are bored, they should concentrate on doing good things for others, the pope said during his weekly general audience on 20th September.

Continuing his series of audience talks on Christian hope, the pope gave extensive advice on how to teach people, especially young people, to remain full of hope. No matter “where God has planted you, hope. Always hope,” he said, explaining:

– Enemy No. 1 is not out there somewhere, but inside oneself. “Don’t make room for bitter or dark thoughts.”

Picture: Pope Francis greets members of the Voces Yumhu choir from San Juan Ixtenco in Mexico’s Tlaxcala state during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 20th September. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).