General Audience Of August 7, 2019 © Vatican Media

Pope Sends Greeting for Lunar New Year

‘I invite everyone to pray for peace, dialogue and solidarity among nations: gifts very much needed in today’s world’

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Pope Francis has sent his cordial greeting to all those who soon will be celebrating Lunar New Year this January 25.

During his General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall this morning, Jan. 22, 2020, the Holy Father did so.

“This January 25th, in the Far East and in various other parts of the world, many millions of men and women will celebrate the Lunar New Year,” the Pope recalled.

“I send you,” the Argentine Pontiff continued, “my cordial greetings, wishing that families in particular may be places of education in the virtues of welcome, wisdom, respect for every person and harmony with creation.”

The Holy Father concluding, inviting “everyone to pray also for peace, dialogue and solidarity among nations: gifts very much needed in today’s world.”

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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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