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Pope: Never Use or Exploit God’s Name, But Sanctify & Show Its Greatness

Reflecting on the Third Commandment, Reminds God’s Name Is Only to Be Adored & Glorified

We are to sanctify the name of God, showing its greatness and depth, through our words and daily actions. We are never to use or exploit it.

Pope Francis encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Holy Land, Jordan, and the Middle East, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

After continuing his catecheses on the Commandments, the Pope stressed: “This Commandment refers to the importance of sanctifying the name of God and not using it in vain.” 

“It is a commandment that teaches us to pronounce the name of God only to glorify and adore it, and never to use or exploit it; it calls us to show, through our actions and words, the greatness and the profoundness of the Holy Name with which we have been called,” he said.

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); 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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