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General Audience, October 4th 2017 / Copyright © ZENIT - DCL

Pope Greets Arabic Speakers, Thanks Egyptians for Depiction of Holy Family

Prays God Blesses Arabic-speaking Countries and Protects Them and the World From Terrorism and Evil

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly a delegation from Egypt!”, said Pope Francis during his General Audience of Oct. 4, 2017.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square, 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. Francis immediately thanked the Egyptian delegation for ‘the blessing’ of the icon they had brought him depicting the Holy Family’s escaping to Egypt, to escape the oppression and injustice of the King Herod.

“I remember affectionately my Apostolic Visit in your good land and the generous people; the land on which St. Joseph, the Virgin Mary, the Child Jesus and many prophets lived; the land blessed through the centuries by the precious blood of the martyrs and the righteous; the land of coexistence and hospitality; the land of encounter, history and civilization.
“May the Lord bless all of you and protect your country, the Middle East and the whole world, from all terrorism and evil!”

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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