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For Feast of Nativity of St. John Baptist, Pope Invites Witnessing Gospel With Courage

Encourages Faithful to Keep Harmony & Friendship, Which Support ‘Credibility of Any Proclamation of the Faith’

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Like Saint John the Baptist, “witness the Gospel with courage, beyond our differences, keeping harmony and friendship, which support the credibility of any proclamation of the faith.”

On the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Holy Father gave this encouragement at the end of his private, streamed General Audience, June 24, 2020 in the Library of the Apostolic Palace.

Continuing his catecheses on prayer, this Wednesday Francis focused on the prayer and history of King David: “holy and sinner, persecuted and persecutor, victim and executioner.”

David, the Jesuit Pope reflected, “teaches us to entrust everything in our dialogue with God,” in prayer, “as everything can become a word directed to the ‘You” who always listens to us.”

Pope Francis also prayed that faithful’s summers be «a time of serenity and a beautiful opportunity to contemplate God in the masterpiece of His creation.”


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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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