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Find Rest in Christ, Urges Pope Francis

Greets Christians of the Middle East

Find your rest in Christ.

Pope Francis stressed this to Arabic-speaking pilgrims at his Sept. 12 Wednesday General Audience.

During the greetings in St. Peter’s Square, he turned to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, “in particular those from the Middle East.”

“Dear brothers and sisters, “for freedom Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). We are called to always find in Him the rest of mercy and the truth that makes us free,” he said to them.

“May the Lord bless you!” concluded the Holy Father.

During the Holy Father’s cathechesis yesterday, he reflected on Sunday rest, stressing that there are numerous “interior prisons” that make us slaves.

“The true slave,” he said, “is he who knows not rest, it’s he who is incapable of loving,” because of his “ego.”

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 four 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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