Skip to comments.Atheists, work with us for peace, Pope says on Christmas
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.
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You cannot love Jesus if you do not love your neighbor.
YAY,, another POPE bumper sticker slogan. I can barely keep up.
Dang, the Pope is undermining my cheeky axiom that Atheists are idiots. But I give him a +1 nonetheless.
>> This reads more like a veiled attack on Benedict.
A conclusion you would have drawn without the partiality of Reuters?
>> I think he is Communist and has corrupted the church.
Or the goat dispatched for the sins of the Church?
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