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‘Learn Liturgy Well to Live Fully Every Mass,’ Says Pope

Recalls St. Thomas Aquinas to Those Arab-speaking Pilgrims Present From Iraq, Egypt, Middle East

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Iraq, Egypt, and the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during his General Audience of December 20, 2017.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall 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: “Saint Thomas of Aquinas taught that in the sacred liturgy it is necessary to “make use of material things as signs, through which the human soul is urged to spiritual actions that join him to God” (S.Th. IIa IIae q. 81 a. 7).

“Dedicate yourselves to learning the meaning of every liturgical action to life fully every Eucharistic celebration, and thus to fill yourselves with its divine fruits.”

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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