Pope greets Middle East pilgrims

Pope greets Middle East pilgrims

By Deborah Castellano Lubov/ zenit.org

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Syria, Lebanon, and the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of March 15, 2017.

The 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: “More serious than hate is love lived with hypocrisy. It is masked egoism and disguised as love.”

“Real love, however,” he continued, “as we learn from St. Paul, is: “patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”(1 Cor 13,4-7).

“May the Lord bless you all and protect you from evil!” he said.

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:33
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