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‘Without First Freeing Ourselves From Idols, There Is No True Freedom,’ Says Pope

Reminds We Must Welcome Christ First and Foremost

There is no true freedom, if we have not first freed ourselves from idols.

Pope Francis encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Holy Land, Jordan, and the Middle East, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

After continuing his catecheses on the Commandments, the Pope stressed: “In the face of Christ crucified we discover the richness of the love of God, Who made Himself poor to enrich us, whereas idols impoverish us and increasingly render us slaves.”

“No freedom is true unless we free ourselves first from the slavery of idols, so as to welcome Christ Who makes us children of the one God and brothers among ourselves,” he said.

Pope Francis concluded, saying: “May the Lord bless you all and protect you from evil!”

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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