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Anchored in Faith & Hope, A Healthier World Is Possible, Suggests Pope

Offers Encouragement to Arabic-Speaking Faithful Following His Streamed General Audience

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Anchored in hoped and founded in faith, a healthier world will be possible…

Pope Francis stressed this during the General Audience on Wednesday morning, August 19, 2020, telling Arabic-speaking Christians of the Middle East to put “the peripheries at the center and the most vulnerable in the first place.”

After his catechesis on the preferential option for the poor, the Argentinian Pope encouraged: “We are called to act now, to heal the epidemics caused by small invisible viruses, and to heal those caused by large and visible social injustices.”

This can be done, he said, “starting from the love of God, placing the peripheries at the center and the last ones in the first place.”

“Starting from this love, anchored in hope and founded in faith, he underscored, “a healthier world will be possible.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying: “May the Lord bless you all and protect you always from all evil.”



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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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