The Courage to Be Happy
Nowhere does Pope Francis's exuberance and outgoing personality seem to come more alive than in the company of young people. That vitality, tenderness, and love is on display in this comprehensive collection of his talks with young people around the world. Constantly he exhorts his “dear young people” to “have a deep spirit,” “to dream of great things,” to have “the courage to be happy.” His encouragement also comes with a challenge: "Go against the current; and this means making noise. Go ahead, but with the values of beauty, goodness, and truth.”
Included here are his talks with young people in Rome and in his travels throughout the world, including World Youth Day gatherings in Rio and Krakow, his annual Youth Day messages, and preparations for the upcoming Synod on Youth. But there are also spontaneous encounters and intimate conversations, in which he shares personal reflections on prayer and faith. Here is the essential Pope Francis—rooted in the Gospel, looking to the future with hope and love.
Author: Pope Francis
Co-Author: Robert Ellsberg
Introduction by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB