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Pope: Renouncing Sin, Evil Temptations & Devil, Are Not Just During Baptism, But for Whole Christian Life

Reminds Arabic-speaking Pilgrims to Live Moment of Baptism for Rest of Lives

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Renouncing sin, the seductions of evil and Satan are not just temporary actions done during Baptism, but are what the Church firmly believes and are attitudes we must keep throughout our lives.
The Pope encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Middle East present in St. Peter’s Square, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
After his catechesis on Baptism, the Pope stressed, «I extend a cordial welcome to the Arab-speaking pilgrims, especially those from the Middle East!
«Dear brothers and sisters, always remember that the renunciation of sin, the seductions of evil, and Satan, is what the Church believes; they are not temporary actions, limited to the moment of Baptism, but attitudes that accompany all the growth and maturation of Christian life.
Pope Francis concluded saying: «May the Lord bless you all! «

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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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