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'Fifty Years Ago,' Pope Recalls, 'Man Stepped on the Moon Realizing an Extraordinary Dream'

Francis Prays Its Memory Triggers the Desire to Progress Together to Even Greater Goals

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«Fifty years ago, yesterday, man set foot on the moon, realizing an extraordinary dream.»
Pope Francis, the first Pope from the Americas, made this observation during his Sunday Angelus address today, July 21, 2019.
«May the memory of that great step,» he prayed, «trigger the desire to progress together to even greater goals: more dignity to the weak, more justice between peoples, more future for our common home.»
The Holy Father’s Angelus address today reflected on Jesus’ visit to the home of Mary and Martha.
Following the midday prayer, the Pope greeted various groups present, including extending a «warm greeting» to pilgrims and Romans, and noting that «in a special way» he extended his greetings to the novices of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians from different countries.
The Holy Father wished everyone a good Sunday, 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': or

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