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Pope: God Gave Us Life to Live It, Not to Be Lazy or Hesitate

Reminds Pilgrims How to Surpass Limited Earthly Wealth and Reach Eternal Richness of God

“God gave us life to live, not to be lazy or hesitate, but live fully and tenaciously.”

Pope Francis stressed this to Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from Syria, Lebanon and the Middle East present in St. Peter’s Square, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

In his remarks, the Pope said: “God has revealed to us how to reach this life through His Living Word and His Holy Commandments.”

“Who accepts this Word and lives according to these Commandments surpasses limited earthly wealth and receives the true richness that only God can give. In this way, man finds in God his true happiness and his most precious treasure.”‎‎

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

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). 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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