Angelus 30 August 2015


Use Summer to Encounter Christ, Urges Pope at Angelus

Reflecting on Transfiguration, Reminds Faithful in St. Peter’s Square of the Need for Us to ‘detach from the worldly’

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Pope Francis says summer can be an ideal time to encounter the Lord….
During his Sunday Angelus address, the Pope told the faithful in a hot St. Peter’s Square: ‘Summer time can be a providential moment to grow in our commitment to seek after and encounter the Lord.”
Reflecting on the feast of the Transfiguration, the Pope said that the disciples’ journey to Mount Tabor demonstrates the need for us to ‘detach from the worldly to make our journey upward and contemplate Christ’

Noting that in this period, students are free from school and many families take their vacations, Francis underscored: “It is important that in the period of rest and of detachment from daily occupations, the strength of the body and of the spirit can be restored, deepening the spiritual journey.”

The event of the Lord’s Transfiguration, the Pontiff reminded, offers us a message of hope: “we will be like this, with Him. It invites us to encounter Jesus, to be at the service of others.”
Before reciting the midday prayer, the Holy Father prayed that “Our Mother and Mother of God help us to be attuned to the Word of God, so that Christ becomes the light and guide of our whole life.”
“We entrust to her everyone’s vacation; may it be serene and profitable, but especially the summer of those that can’t have a vacation because of impediments of age, health or work reasons, financial restrictions and other problems, so that it is, in any case, a time of relaxation, gladdened by the presence of friends and happy moments.”
As usual, Pope Francis concluded, telling those present to have a good Sunday and good lunch.
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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': or

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