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'It Is God's Blessing Which Gives Substance to the New Year's Wishes Exchanged in These Days'

During 1st Angelus of 2019, Pope Reminds Mary Blesses Each of Our Paths

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Pope Francis has reminded this first day of 2019, that what gives substance to all the New Year’s wishes we exchange is God’s blessing, during his Angelus address ushering in the New Year. January 1 also marks the World Day of Peace.
Today, eight days after Christmas, the Pope reminded, we celebrate the Holy Mother of God. «Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, we stand with our eyes fixed on her and on the Child she holds in her arms.»
«In this way, showing us Jesus, the Savior of the world, she, the mother, blesses us,» Francis said.
«She blesses the path of every man and every woman in this year that begins…» The Pope reminded: «It is God’s blessing that gives substance to all the good wishes that are exchanged these days!»
After the midday prayer, the Pope offered a wish for peace and prosperity this new year, and also thanked the President of the Italian Republic for the greetings he had sent him, and especially for «his precious service to the Italian people.»
Noticing an especially great number of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he observed jokingly: «This seems like a canonization.»
«Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary,» he prayed, «May the Lord allow us to be artisans of peace every day of the new year.»
Pope Francis concluded, reminding those gathered to pray for him, and telling them to have a good lunch and day.

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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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