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May Life Be a Time to Love, Not Have or Possess, Pope Suggests Reflecting on 7th Commandment

Holy Father Reflects on Lord’s Commandment Not to Steal at General Audience with Pilgrims from the Middle East

May life be a time not to have or possess, but to love.

The Pontiff addressed in these terms the Arabic-speaking visitors present in the General Audience of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, held in St. Peter’s Square.

“I greet warmly the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those that have come from the Middle East,” said the Pontiff in Italian, before being translated by his secretary, Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Coptic priest from Egypt.

“Dear brothers and sisters, love with your goods, take advantage of the ways you have available to you, to love as you can. Because life is not a time to have and possess, but to love.”

May God bless you,” he said.


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 5 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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