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Pope: ‘Repenting Makes Us Prepare Inwardly, Worthy to Celebrate Holy Mystery’

Reminds Arabic-speaking Pilgrims That Humble Sincere Confession Restores Union Again With God

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Egypt, Lebanon and the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during his General Audience of Jan. 3, 2018.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.

The Pope spoke in Italian, translated immediately into Arabic by one of his collaborators in the Roman Curia: “Dear brothers and sisters, the penitential act we perform as a community at the beginning of the Mass, that is, recognizing our sins before God and our brothers and sisters, allows us to prepare ourselves inwardly to be worthy to celebrate this Holy Mystery.”

“He who confesses his sins with humility and sincerity, receives forgiveness and again finds union with God and with his brothers.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying: “May the Lord bless you and accompany you on the journey of the new year!”

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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