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Pope Francis pray the angelus Sunday 14 june 2015


In Frigid Climates, Pope Renews Appeal to Help Homeless

During Angelus on Feast of Jesus’ Baptism, Francis Invites Faithful’s Hearts to Be Warmed to Help Them

Let our hearts be warmed to help the homeless.

Pope Francis gave this encouragement during his Angelus address today at noon, on the feast of Jesus’ Baptism.

Drawing inspiration from the Gospel reading on Jesus’ Baptism in the River Jordan when there is the revelation from His Father, that ‘You are my beloved Son; with You, I am well pleased,” the Pontiff went on to call on those gathered to think of how they too are Children of God, given their own baptisms, and how they are to joyfully witness that.

However, after reciting the midday prayer, the Pontiff lamented that the homeless are suffering temperatures that have plummeted these days in Rome, with even the fountains freezing, and as God’s children, we ought to respond.

“In these days of such coldness,” the Pope appealed, “I think of, and I invite you to do the same, of all the people living on the street, hit by the cold and often indifference. Unfortunately, some have not made it [survived].”

“We pray for them and ask the Lord to warm our hearts to help them,” he said.


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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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