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Pope on Word of God: Illumines Life, Gives Strength, Our Shield Against the Evil One

Pope Encourages Arabic-speaking Pilgrims to Use It to ‘Quench’ Everyday ‘Thirst’

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The Word of God illuminates our lives, gives us strength, and is our shield in temptations and against the evil one.
Pope Francis encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from Egypt, Jordan and the Middle East, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
After his catechesis on Baptism, the Pope stressed that «The Word of God illuminates our life and gives us the strength to walk according to the will of God.
It is our shield in temptations, our sharp sword against the evil one and his servants. Quench your thirst every day, drawing from the inexhaustible wellspring of the Word of God.
Pope Francis concluded, saying: «May the Lord bless you all and enlighten your way with the light of His Word and with the power of His Holy Spirit!»

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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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