Pope adds Arabic to weekly talks11 October 2012
Pope Benedict XVI greeted 20,000 pilgrims in St Peter's Square in Arabic yesterday and a version of his weekly catechesis was translated into the language for the first time, as a gesture of support for Middle Eastern Christians.
"The Pope prays for all the Arabic-speaking people. May God bless you all," The Pope said in his Arabic greeting.
The gesture follows the Pope's visit to Lebanon last month and the Vatican said the Pope wanted to remind everyone to pray and work for peace in the region.
The Pope gives his weekly catechesis in Italian and it is translated into other languages including French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
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