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Pope: Renouncing Sin, Evil Temptations & Devil, Are Not Just During Baptism, But for Whole Christian Life

Reminds Arabic-speaking Pilgrims to Live Moment of Baptism for Rest of Lives

Renouncing sin, the seductions of evil and Satan are not just temporary actions done during Baptism, but are what the Church firmly believes and are attitudes we must keep throughout our lives.

The Pope encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Middle East present in St. Peter’s Square, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

After his catechesis on Baptism, the Pope stressed, “I extend a cordial welcome to the Arab-speaking pilgrims, especially those from the Middle East!

“Dear brothers and sisters, always remember that the renunciation of sin, the seductions of evil, and Satan, is what the Church believes; they are not temporary actions, limited to the moment of Baptism, but attitudes that accompany all the growth and maturation of Christian life.

Pope Francis concluded saying: “May the Lord bless you all! “

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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