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

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

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.”


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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