‘Only the Risen Lord Can Ignite the Flame Which Never Disappoints,’ Pope Tells Middle East Pilgrims

Posted on May 24, 2017

Acknowledging Their Difficulties, Francis Encourages Arabic-speaking Pilgrims at General Audience to Be Hopeful

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Deborah Castellano | Zenit | May 24, 2017

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Syria, the Holy Land, and Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of May 24, 2017.

This morning’s 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: “Many people today live the experience of the two disciples of Emmaus with a broken heart because of wars and disappointments: they live the need to find Jesus and to be found by Him.”

“In fact,” he added, “only the Risen Lord can relight in them and in humanity the flame of hope that never disappoints.”

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