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Pope Praises Mothers for Protecting Family, Including Those Watching From Heaven, With Their Prayer

During Regina Caeli on Mothers’ Day, Calls for an Applause for All Mothers

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Recalling that yesterday, May 13, marked Mothers’ Day in many countries throughout the world, Pope Francis called for an applause for all mothers.
The Holy Father did so yesterday, after praying the midday Regina Coeli with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the Sunday where in Italy and many other countries was celebrated the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension.
“Today, being the day dedicated to mothers in many countries, an applause for the mothers!” he said.
“I want to greet all mothers, thanking them for their custody of the family. I also remember all the mothers that watch us from Heaven and continue to protect us with their prayer,” he continued.
The Holy Father also invited those present to “pray to our heavenly Mother that today, May 13, with the name Our Lady of Fatima, that may help us to continue on the way.”
As usual, Pope Francis wished all faithful present a happy Sunday and good lunch, and reminded them to pray for him.

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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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