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WYD-TEXTING (UPDATED) Jul-18-2008 (220 words) xxxi

In txts, BXVI urges WYD pilgrims to proclaim Christ & his luv

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) -- Some well-connected participants at World Youth Day were told, "God & his people expect much from u."

The message, using common cellular phone texting abbreviations, was signed "BXVI" for Pope Benedict XVI.

It was the first of six messages that were to be sent to subscribers of Australia's Telstra cellular phone network.

BXVI did not actually thumb the text messages into his cell phone. Telstra and World Youth Day organizers worked with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, papal spokesman, to formulate the text messages and make them available at noon each day during the July 15-20 event.

The complete texts of the first four messages follow:

-- July 15: "Young friend, God & his people expect much from u, because u have within u the Father's supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus -- BXVI."

-- July 16: "The Holy Spirit gave the Apostles & gives u the power boldly 2 proclaim that Christ is risen! BXVI."

-- July 17: "The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of salvation history: let him write your life history 2! -- BXVI."

-- July 18: "The spirit impels us 4ward 2wards others; the fire of his love makes us missionaries of God's charity. See u tomorrow nite -- BXVI," a reference to the July 19 nighttime vigil.

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