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To Protect Against Dangers, Holy Name of Mary

Pope Gives Advice During General Audience for Liturgical Memorial on Sept. 12

May “the Virgin Mary may defend the faith and the Church in dangers.”

Pope Francis prayed this on the occasion of the liturgical memorial of the Holy Name of Mary, this September 12, 2018, during his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, while at its conclusion greeting young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds.

“All of us Christians are invited to accept in the Name of Mary, the great plan that God had for this sublime creature and, at the same time, the response of love that, as Mother, she gave to her Son Jesus, collaborating unstintingly in His work of salvation.”

“In the history of the world, the fate, the hopes and tears of so many people were interwoven with her Name. Today she unites again in prayer the millions of hearts that render her homage, imploring her intercession, her aid and her help,” he said to the Polish pilgrims.

“May the Virgin Mary defend the Faith and the Church in dangers. On venerating Mary’s Name, we thank her for her presence in the life of the Church and of each one of us,” he said.

The Pontiff also wished, in greetings to Spanish-speaking faithful that the Virgin Mary “may help us to live Sunday’s rest as a privileged time of encounter with the Lord and with others, letting the love of Jesus free us from all our slaveries.”


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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