‘Do Not Just Listen to the Word, Put It Into Practice,’ Pope Encourages Arabic-speaking Pilgrims

Holy Father Reminds Holy Spirit’s Action Depends on Hearts That Let It Work & Cultivate

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“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during his General Audience of Jan. 31, 2018.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.

The Pope spoke in Italian, translated immediately into Arabic by one of his collaborators in the Roman Curia: “Dear brothers and sisters, the action of the Spirit needs hearts that let it work and cultivate, therefore you are ‘those who put the Word into practice and not just listeners, deceiving yourselves.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying: “May the Lord bless you!”

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