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Sunday Is a Day to Say ‘God Thank You for Life,’ Says Pope

Greets Arabic-speaking Pilgrims this at General Audience Centered on 4th Commandment

Sunday is a day to say to God “thank you for life.”

Pope Francis gave this reminder to Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Middle East, during his Sept. 5, 2018, weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.

After his catechesis on the Commandment to remember and keep holy the Sabbath Day, the Holy Father said, “Dear brothers and sisters, remember always that the day of rest for us Christians is a day of blessing and of thanksgiving.”

“It’s the day to say to God: thank you for life, for your mercy and for all your gifts,” he said, adding: “May the Lord bless you!”

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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