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Pope to Middle East Pilgrims: ‘God Wishes to Heal Hearts, Regenerate World’

At General Audience, Pope Reminds Arabic-speaking Pilgrims to Trust in the Lord and His Plans

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, in particular those from the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of Feb. 22, 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:  “Dear Brothers and Sisters, Saint Paul reminds us that ‘in hope, we were saved.'”

“Therefore, let us learn to read everything with the eyes of the Risen Christ, trusting in the Lord Who wants to heal with His mercy all the wounded and humiliated hearts and regenerate a new world and a new humanity reconciled in His love.”

“May the Lord bless you!” he said.

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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