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Pope to Middle East Pilgrims: ‘There Is No Life Without Hope’

Ahead of Pentecost, Encourages Arabic-speaking Pilgrims to Call on Holy Spirit to Revive Afflicted Hearts and Illuminate Darkened Minds

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Iraq, Egypt, and the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of May 31, 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: “There is not life without hope, nor authentic hope without solid trust in God, the source of each true hope.”

“Let us ask the Holy Spirit, in this imminent solemnity of Pentecost, to visit afflicted hearts to revive them; darkened minds to illuminate them; and to fill the lives of each of us in a way that turns each of us into a flame of hope and a true witness to His hope.”

“May the Lord bless you all and protect you from evil!” 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': or

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