General Audience Of August 7, 2019 © Vatican Media

‘Build the Church With Your Sacrifices,’ Says Pope Francis

Pope’s Advice for Young People, Newlyweds, & Elderly

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Build up the Church with your sacrifices…

This was the advice Pope Francis gave, before concluding his weekly General Audience, this morning, Feb. 5, 2020, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, to young people, newlyweds, and elderly.

Today, Francis continued his new series of catechesis on the Beatitudes in Matthew’s Gospel, following his last series on the Acts of the Apostles, considering the first of the eight proclamations: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).

«Lastly,» Pope Francis said, «I greet the young, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds.»

«May the Lord, with his Grace,» the Holy Father prayed, «support the purpose of building the Church with our sacrifices, overcoming our selfishness and placing ourselves at the service of the Gospel.»


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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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