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Pope Thanks Couple Celebrating 75th Anniversary for Their Witness of Faith & Union

Maria Martorella & Carmine Persichetti Are 93 & 94

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Pope Francis has thanked a couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary for their witness of faith and union.
According to L’Osservatore Romano, at the end of his daily morning Mass at his residence Casa Santa Marta on March 5, 2018, the Pope greeted and blessed Maria Martorella and Carmine Persichetti.
Maria is 93, and Carmine, 94. They are from Bomba in Abbruzz0’s province of Chieti, and have three daughters and four grandchildren.
The Holy Father paused briefly to talk with them and with Donatina, one of the daughters who accompanied them. Pope Francis was given as a gift a bird that Carmine himself had carved in the wood.
During the Pope’s Mass, his homily stressed that religion and faith are not “a spectacle” and that faithful should convert their way of thinking.

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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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