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Like ‘St. Bernard, Let’s ‘Abandon Ourselves With Faith to Mary’ — Says Pope

August 20th Marks Feast Day of This Doctor of the Church

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Today, August 20th, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.

A day earlier, during Pope Francis’ privately streamed General Audience from within his papal library, the Pontiff called on others to “abandon themselves” in the Virgin, while addressing the elderly, the sick, young people and newlyweds.

Born in Fontaines-les-Dijon, France, in 1090, St. Bernard was an Abbot, Founder and Doctor of the Church. A saint who greatly encouraged Marian devotion, Bernard was a seeker of souls and vocations, as well as a genuine leader and expert in the art of dialectics and rhetoric.

“Tomorrow,” he said, “we will celebrate the Liturgical Memorial of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, great Doctor of the Church and, above all, tender ‘singer’ of Our Lady.”

“His example awakens in each one of us the desire to abandon ourselves with faith to the maternal protection of the Holy Virgin, Consoler of the Afflicted.”

Toward the conclusion of the Pope’s Audience, he encouraged: “I invite all to dedicate more time to prayer and to Christian formation, to be faithful disciples of Christ and to grow in the spirit of fraternal solidarity.”

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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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