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‘Resignation Is Not a Christian Virtue,’ Pope Reminds Pilgrims From Middle East, Lebanon, Holy Land

Reminds Arabic-speaking Pilgrims That Our Hope Is Based on Certainty of Christ’s Return

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Lebanon, the Holy Land, and the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during his General Audience of October 11, 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: “Our hope is based on the certainty of Christ’s return and being ready to receive Him.

“Therefore,” he said, “we cannot let the events take their course with pessimism, as if history was a train that lost control.”

“Resignation is not a Christian virtue.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying: “May the Lord bless you all and protect you from 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 commentary for various media, including television and Vatican Radio. 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 Salt & Light, EWTN, and NBC Universal. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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