Pope Francis begins his post-synodal apostolic exhortation to young people and to the entire People of God with words of hope:
"Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!"
Given on the 25th of March, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the exhortation has nine chapters, which are outlined as follows:
Introduction: Christ is alive!
Chapter One: What does the word of God have to say to young people?
Chapter Two: Jesus, ever young
Chapter Three: You are the “now” of God
Chapter Four: A great message for all young people
Chapter Five: Paths of Youth
Chapter Six: Young people with roots
Chapter Seven: Youth Ministry
Chapter Eight: Vocation
Chapter Nine: Discernment
The exhortation ends with the Pope's wish for young people:
Dear young people, my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or fearful. Keep running, “attracted by the face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters. May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith. We need them! And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.