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‘Heaven Is Goal of Our Existence,’ Pope Tells Arabic-Speakers

Tells Those Present from Iraq, Jordan, and Holy Land that God Offers This Gift Out of His Love, Not Our Merits

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Iraq, Jordan, and the Holy Land!”, said Pope Francis during his General Audience of October 25, 2017.

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: “Heaven is the goal and purpose of our existence.

“It is the gift God offers us, not for our merits, but for the immensity of His mercy and His infinite love,” Francis said, noting: “It is the embrace of the Father, Who waits to grant us His mercy and restores the dignity we have lost because of our sins and our departure from Him.”

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


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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). 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis':

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