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Pope’s Back to School Advice: Pray Every Day, Take Part in Sunday Mass

Also Prays Mary Whose Birth We Remember September 8th Helps Them on Their Path to Holiness

Pope Francis has given back to school advice to children and young people: pray every day and take part in Sunday Mass.

Recalling it’s that time of year for many right now, in his Sept. 5, 2018, General Audience Wednesday morning, the Holy Father gave this encouragement.

Greeting Polish-speaking pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, Francis addressed “the children and young people, who begin a new school year, as well as to their parents and educators,” and said: “May this return “be a time to learn knowledge, wisdom and acquire an experience of life.”

“Don’t forget,” the Pope underscored, “to pray every day and to take part in Sunday Mass.”

“May the Virgin Mary, the feast of whose birth we will remember Saturday, [Sept. 8],” Pope Francis concluded, “help you to tend to holiness.”

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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