January 31, 2011

Pope Benedict asked young people not to hide their energy and enthusiasm, but to be realistic about the risks they take and, especially, to be extra careful when driving.

Speaking at the end of his weekly general audience Jan. 19, Pope Benedict addressed young people after offering special greetings and prayers to about 100 members of Children in Heaven, an Italian association of parents whose children have died.

The pope told the parents he knew it took strength not to be crushed by "the often tragic death of your children," and he urged them to look to Mary as a sign that parents are right to hope in the eternal life of their children who die before them.

But he also said he wanted to address young people: "In the exuberance of your youth, don't forget to calculate risks and act at every moment with prudence and a sense of responsibility, especially when you are driving an automobile and have your life and that of others in your hands."