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‘Mary, Our Refuge in Difficult Times,’ Reminds Pope

Honors Blessed Mother as Her Month Draws to a Close Tomorrow

‘The Virgin Mary is a refuge in difficult times.’

Pope Francis gave this reminder at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday morning, May 30, 2018, in St. Peter’s Square, where he continued his catecheses on Confirmation.

As he does each week, the Pope addressed “a special thought” at the end of the meeting, to young people, the elderly, the sick and new spouses.

“Tomorrow,” he said, “we are concluding the month of Mary.”

“May the Mother of God,” he wished, “be your refuge in times of joy, as well as in difficult times, and may she guide your families so that they cultivate homes of prayer, reciprocal understanding and giving.”

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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