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Pope Francis Sends Video-Message on the Occasion of His Imminent Apostolic Journey to Mauritius (September 9, 2019)

‘It will be a joy for me to proclaim the Gospel in the midst of your people’

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Here is a translation of the text of the Video-Message of Greeting, which the Holy Father Francis sent to the people of Mauritius, given the imminence of his Apostolic Journey, which he will undertake on September 9, 2019.

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The Holy Father’s Video-Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Mauritius!

The Apostolic Journey is now close, which will also bring me to your beautiful Island. Already from here, from Rome I greet you with so much affection, and I say a great “thank you” because I know you have been preparing for some time for this meeting.

It will be a joy for me to proclaim the Gospel in the midst of your people, which is distinguished for being made up of different ethnic groups, and which, therefore, enjoys the richness of various cultural as well as religious traditions. From her origins, the Catholic Church is sent to all peoples, and she speaks all the languages of the world. However, the language of the Gospel — you know it — is love. May the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, grant me to proclaim the Gospel with the strength of the Holy Spirit, so that you can all understand it and receive it.

I ask you, please, to increase your prayer these days, while I already carry you in my heart and pray for you. Thank you and see you soon!

[Original Text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]
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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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