Benedict XVI celebrated St. Wenceslaus with young Czechs
Holy Father Benedict XVI was welcomed by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, Archbishop of Prague, who presented the Pope with a liturgical set decorated with Czech symbols. The Holy Father uttered the first sentence in Czech and then, continuing in Italian, underlined the example of St. Wenceslaus and the theme of sainthood in today's world. Only those who maintain in their hearts a holy 'fear of God' can also put their trust in man and spend their lives building a more just and fraternal world, which enables the believers to spread the Christian principles and ideals in every area of the society. St. Wenceslaus "had the courage to prefer the kingdom of heaven to the enticement of worldly power."
Concluding the mass, the Pope was addressed by a representative of the youth, Vladislav Janouškovec, who promised to Benedict XVI their intention to endeavor in "puttin the teaching into action." The young people gave two presents to the Pope: a book of photographs about the life of young Christians, and money they had gathered in a collection "For Africa": 289,922 CZK (€ 11,600). The Pope answered in his message to the young people, encouraging them to accept their vocation. He also invited them to take part in the World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid.