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'Heaven Is Goal of Our Existence,' Pope Tells Arabic-Speakers

Tells Those Present from Iraq, Jordan, and Holy Land that God Offers This Gift Out of His Love, Not Our Merits

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«I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Iraq, Jordan, and the Holy Land!», said Pope Francis during his General Audience of October 25, 2017.
This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.
The Pope spoke in Italian, translated immediately into Arabic by one of his collaborators in the Roman Curia: «Heaven is the goal and purpose of our existence.
«It is the gift God offers us, not for our merits, but for the immensity of His mercy and His infinite love,» Francis said, noting: «It is the embrace of the Father, Who waits to grant us His mercy and restores the dignity we have lost because of our sins and our departure from Him.»
Pope Francis concluded, praying: «May the Lord bless you all and protect you from evil!»

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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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