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‘The Lord Is a Refuge for Those Who Call on Him in Times of Tribulation,’ Says Pope

Pope Celebrates Mass for Migrants in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sixth Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Visit to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013

“The Lord is a refuge for the faithful who call on Him in times of tribulation.”

Despite technically being on ‘summer break,’ Pope Francis stressed this in his homily during the Mass he celebrated for Migrants, at the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter’s Basilica today, Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. today.

The Mass coincides with the sixth anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis to Lampedusa in 2013.

In the past, the Vatican expressed this Mass will be a time of prayer for the dead, for the survivors and for those who assist them. While always free, participation is reserved for those with tickets.

“We repeated in the psalm: “O my God, I trust in you,” Francis said, underscoring: “He is our refuge and our strength, our shield and our armor, our anchor in times of trial.”

The Lord, the Holy Father said, “is a refuge” for all who, during times of trial, call on Him.

“For it is indeed at such moments,” he reflected, “that our prayer is made purer, when we realize that the security the world offers has little worth, and only God remains. God alone opens up heaven for those who live on earth. Only God saves.”


Here is the full Vatican-provided English text of the Pope’s homily:

Pope’s Homily at Mass for Migrants in St. Peter’s Basilica (FULL TEXT)

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is 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 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, 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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