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'As Plants Need Sun, Food to Live, Christians Need Sunday Mass,' Pope Reminds Arabic-Speakers

Stresses Importance of Honoring the Lord’s Day to Those Present From Syria, Lebanon, Middle East

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«I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Syria, Lebanon and the Middle East!», said Pope Francis during his General Audience of December 13, 2017.
This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall 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: «San Girolamo reminds us that Sunday is ‘the day of the Lord, the day of the Resurrection, the day of Christians, our day,’ and that it leads us toward Salvation.
«Let us remember that, as every plant needs sun and nourishment to live, every Christian
needs the Sunday Eucharist to really live.»
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': or

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