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Atheists, work with us for peace, Pope says on Christmas
Reuters ^ | 12/25/13 | Philip Pullella

Posted on 12/25/2013 5:25:17 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world...

He said that people of other religions were also praying for peace, and - departing from his prepared text - he urged atheists to join forces with believers.

"I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace," he said, drawing sustained applause from the crowd.

Francis's reaching out to atheists and people of other religions is a marked contrast to the attitude of former Pope Benedict, who sometimes left non-Catholics feeling that he saw them as second-class believers.

(Excerpt) Read more at mobile.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholicism; francis; jesus; popefrancis; romancatholicism; urbietorbi
I do not see anything remarkable about Francis asking everyone to work for peace. This reads more like a veiled attack on Benedict.
1 posted on 12/25/2013 5:25:17 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Francis, I hope, is playing with the media. He must know that in Christ alone is true peace....all else, however well-meaning, is enmity with God.


2 posted on 12/25/2013 5:30:22 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
"I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace,"

What a moron or, at best, a manipulative cynic. Who is waging the fiercest, longest running, deadliest, most intractable war in the world? True Believers, mostly of Islam, to be sure, but "religious" people none the less.

3 posted on 12/25/2013 5:38:43 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Feckless

Haha, peace on Earth will only come when there is one man left.


4 posted on 12/25/2013 5:40:08 AM PST by FreedomStar3028 (Evil must be punished.)
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To: FreedomStar3028
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
- Plato
5 posted on 12/25/2013 5:42:44 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Feckless

Maybe one day you will grow up.


6 posted on 12/25/2013 5:50:39 AM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I am starting to wonder if this pope even believes in Jesus Christ, as he seems way over concerned with conditions and comforts of people here on earth and I haven’t seen him all that concerned with people’s souls.


7 posted on 12/25/2013 5:54:56 AM PST by rigelkentaurus
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To: ZULU

Maybe one day you will open your eyes to the truth.


8 posted on 12/25/2013 5:57:18 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I read the other day that Francis stated that “all religions are equal”. That is a jaw-dropping thing for a Pope to say, especially when Christianity is competing with the likes of Islam for the soul of the planet. He is also heavy on the non-judgementalism. You add all this up, and it seems like Francis is trying to deconstruct the Catholic church. To what end, I have no idea.


9 posted on 12/25/2013 6:07:13 AM PST by rbg81
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To: SoFloFreeper
Did the Roman Pontiff actually single out atheists or "non-believers?" The latter encompasses a much larger group, and it may be the despairing French writers really can't distinguish the difference.

The slug did not reach the threshold necessary for me to follow a Reuters link at this time. The Press has shown a marked retarded tendency of late with regard to describing a leftward tilt in this Pope's doctrine that doesn't hold up under closer examination.

The subtle differences between Francis and Benedict XVI are so open to anyone's honest investigation I see no reason to strain at merely guessing at them second hand through any post-modern journalist's spectacles.

10 posted on 12/25/2013 6:22:17 AM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

This was one of the most pathetic Christmas messages I have ever heard. Including the example of illegal immigrants overwhelming Italy. The only thing missing was a call for those nasty Americans to let every one in.

“Grant that migrants in search of a dignified life may find acceptance and assistance. May tragedies like those we have witnessed this year, with so many deaths at Lampedusa, never occur again!”


11 posted on 12/25/2013 6:52:18 AM PST by Nifster
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To: rigelkentaurus

He is a well trained jesuit…. what else do you expect???


12 posted on 12/25/2013 6:53:00 AM PST by Nifster
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/3105165/posts


13 posted on 12/25/2013 6:53:30 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: rbg81

I think he is Communist and has corrupted the church. All religions do become equal as an idea in the end of days.


14 posted on 12/25/2013 7:21:49 AM PST by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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To: SoFloFreeper

You cannot think the wolves will lie down with the sheep.


15 posted on 12/25/2013 8:36:50 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: FreedomStar3028

Peace on earth will come when Jesus returns and reigns.


16 posted on 12/25/2013 8:59:55 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: rbg81

I hadn’t seen that, and I keep up with the more orthodox side of Catholicism. Would like a source if you could locate one.


17 posted on 12/25/2013 6:39:54 PM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: SoFloFreeper

True peace will come when the one who;s birth we just honored once more returns as the great KING.


18 posted on 12/25/2013 9:19:53 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ZULU

Thank-you for what you said.


19 posted on 12/25/2013 9:21:56 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: jonrick46

The Bible says about peace in that Holy Mountian.


20 posted on 12/25/2013 9:23:07 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: rigelkentaurus

You cannot love Jesus if you do not love your neighbor.


21 posted on 12/25/2013 9:25:26 PM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: SoFloFreeper

YAY,, another POPE bumper sticker slogan. I can barely keep up.


22 posted on 12/25/2013 9:36:23 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

23 posted on 12/25/2013 9:39:06 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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Dang, the Pope is undermining my cheeky axiom that Atheists are idiots. But I give him a +1 nonetheless.


24 posted on 12/25/2013 9:39:08 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

>> This reads more like a veiled attack on Benedict.

A conclusion you would have drawn without the partiality of Reuters?


25 posted on 12/25/2013 9:42:00 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: willyd

>> I think he is Communist and has corrupted the church.

Or the goat dispatched for the sins of the Church?


26 posted on 12/25/2013 9:53:18 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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