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Pope Challenges Youth to Fight Hedonism

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 22, 2011.- Calling on the example of a saint renowned for his chastity, Benedict XVI today invited young people to esteem evangelical purity.

The Pope mentioned Tuesday's feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591) in his customary conclusion of the general audience, when he greets youth, the sick and newlyweds.

"May the example and the intercession of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose memorial we celebrated yesterday, spur you on, dear young people, to esteem the virtue of evangelical purity," the Holy Father said.

"May he help you, dear sick, to face suffering by finding comfort in Christ Crucified," the Pontiff added, "and may he lead you, dear newlyweds, to an ever more profound love of God and of one another."