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General Audience: Pope: Listen to God Without Delay, or Reservation

‘Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the interior strength of knowing that the Lord is always at our side’

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Here is the Vatican-provided English-language summary of the Pope’s address at the General Audience this morning:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, we now reflect on how the Lord strengthens the early Christian community, enabling it to grow and to serve those most in need. The vitality of the emerging Church, even when threatened by attacks, can be seen in the ministry of Saint Peter. Like Jesus, he is drawn to the suffering, especially the sick and infirm, and – filled with the Spirit of the Lord – he carries out Christ’s own work of healing. Yet such activity induces the hatred of the Sadducees, who imprison the Apostles and seek to put a stop to their teaching. Peter’s response, however, that “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), provides us with a key to our Christian life. This means listening to God without delay or reservation, and remaining faithful to him. As we strive to be of service to our brothers and sisters, let us ask the Holy Spirit for the interior strength of knowing that the Lord is always at our side.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially those from England and the United States of America. Upon you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord. May God bless you!
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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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