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Pope Francis Laughs Over Children's Choir's Tenacity at General Audience

Stresses Their Continuing to Sing Despite Waves of Applause, Demonstrates the Insistence Needed in Prayer

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In prayer, when we want something, we must insist.
Pope Francis joyfully said this to little Italian singers who wouldn’t be silenced during yesterday’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
During the greetings in Italian, the “Notes Ascendantes” [Ascending Notes] Choir of Sant’Eufemia-Lamezia Terme, Italy, performed their song in the midst of the crowded hall, and wouldn’t stop, despite the waves of applause that came their way.
After a first wave arrived prior to them finishing, the children continued their long song without ceasing.
A second wave arrived but, without giving, the little singers continued to sing.
Their tenacity made Pope Francis laugh, who looked at them with an amused air from the platform, and they were greeted by renewed applause. As those in the hall laughed too, the Pontiff lauded the children’s perseverance.
At the end of their performance, Francis said humorously: “Like this, we must do so in prayer.»
«When one wants something, when we ask the Lord for something, you must insist, insist, insist»
«It’s a good example. It’s a good example of prayer!» he said, smiling.
«Thank you!”
On ZENIT’s Web page:
Full Text: https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-hope-that-doesnt-disappoint/
On the NET:
To watch the moment of the General Audience on Vatican YouTube (minutes 58:00-1:02): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_zaqtUxIHI

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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