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Pope on Word of God: Illumines Life, Gives Strength, Our Shield Against the Evil One

Pope Encourages Arabic-speaking Pilgrims to Use It to ‘Quench’ Everyday ‘Thirst’

The Word of God illuminates our lives, gives us strength, and is our shield in temptations and against the evil one.

Pope Francis encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from Egypt, Jordan and the Middle East, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

After his catechesis on Baptism, the Pope stressed that “The Word of God illuminates our life and gives us the strength to walk according to the will of God.

It is our shield in temptations, our sharp sword against the evil one and his servants. Quench your thirst every day, drawing from the inexhaustible wellspring of the Word of God.

Pope Francis concluded, saying: “May the Lord bless you all and enlighten your way with the light of His Word and with the power of His Holy Spirit!”

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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