Pope to Iraqi president: ‘I appeal to you with my heart full of pain’

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Pope Francis during a homily he delivered in Sibari, Italy, on June 21, 2014.

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Pope Francis during a homily he delivered in Sibari, Italy, on June 21, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his letter, Pope Francis said: "I appeal to you with my heart full of pain while I follow the brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities who are forced to leave their homes, as their places of worship are destroyed."

  • “”it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor,” Francis said”

    Yes. It is the MORAL thing to do.

    Thank you, Pope Francis for having a moment of courage
    and to stand for Humanity instead of affirming
    the spectacularly immoral Jesus:

    “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.” – JESUS (Luke 16:29)
    “I tell you, do not resist an evil person…” – JESUS (Matthew 5:39)

    Because it is wrong to sit back and let
    a serial killer invade your home and slaughter your family.

    To command – in the name of a God – that we must surrender and let
    our children be killed. That is evil.

    And Thank you, Pope, for also showing
    you have NO belief in that ‘Heaven’ nonsense – even for Martyrs!

    “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” – JESUS (Matthew 16:25)

    Now. Why not show us how you feel about Pedophile priests?

    “Drown them with a millstone” – JESUS
    (Okay. For once, Jesus said something moral.)

  • Fran

    The Pope is evidently not aware that:

    “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to ALL these kingdoms and it alone will stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)

    According to Bible prophecy and history, God’s kingdom was established in the heavens with Jesus as ruling King in the year 1914, when Satan and his demons were hurled out of the heavens down to the earth (Revelation 12:1-12) and has since caused all humans great woe. This was also the beginning of the last days of this era. The First World War also started that year.

    Since those days, the good news of God’s kingdom as the ONLY hope for mankind is being preached about and taught to people of all nations before the end comes (Matthew 24:14).

    This good news of God’s kingdom is NOT being preached nor taught by the Pope nor the clergy of the Catholic Church. Instead, war and worldly politics are being endorsed in its place.

    As Jesus told his true followers or disciples, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, IF you have love among yourselves.” (John 13:35)

    True followers or disciples of Jesus will follow Jesus’ example of showing true love for their fellowman by preaching to them the “good news of God’s kingdom” as the only hope for all meek persons on earth.

    That kingdom will soon intervene in man’s affairs and bring an end to all of man’s corrupt governments, all wicked ones, sickness and disease, old age and death (Psalm 37:10,11; Revelation 21:1-4). 😀 😀 😀

  • gilhcan

    In addition to not wanting to live in the royal Apostolic Palace and the good sense of continuing to wear ordinary black shoes, Francis ought to eliminate many of the other royal trappings of the royal papacy, like sitting on chairs that are obvious thrones.

  • gilhcan

    He could donate them to Elizabeth, the Queen of England, and help reduce the waste in that country’s budget.

  • The Great God Pan

    For a heart full of pain, I would recommend some Tums. But maybe Catholic doctrine dictates Rolaids or Mylanta instead? You wouldn’t want to pick the wrong one and end up burning in Hell for all eternity.

  • JThomas

    Are you a Jehovah’s Witness? Please, comment on the substance of the article, don’t use it it to evangelize.

  • Fran

    There is no place of fiery torment forever, just the common grave of mankind where the dead (good and bad) are asleep in death, not aware of anything at all (Ecclesiastes 9:5,10).

    Even Jesus was asleep in the grave for 3 days (Acts 2:31) and so was Lazarus, whom he resurrected from death (John 11:1-44).

    It is so aggravating that false religion misrepresents God, who is loving (1 John 4:78), merciful (James 5:11), powerful, wise and just (Romans. 11:33); and not someone who “torments” the wicked forever.

  • @Fran,

    “There is no place of fiery torment forever”

    You are just making up your religion into whatever you want it to be. Just like Islamists and Hindus, etc.

    The tragedy is that most Americans pay no attention
    to the consequences of following such nonsense and gibberish:

    “We will execute Foley tomorrow” – Islamic State in Iraq

    The price of pretending God exists is much too high.

  • Fran


    Yes! And who else is preaching the good news of God’s kingdom as the ONLY hope for meek mankind in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations before the end comes?? (Matthew 24:14).

    Instead of directing his prayer to God, that his kingdom come and his will be done in the heavens as it is on earth (Matthew 6:10), the Pope is appealing to an imperfect human ruler. That was the point I was making in my previous post.

  • Fran


    So you are upset that God does not torment the wicked ones forever, just as false religions worldwide teach?

    Thankfully, all false religions will soon be exposed for what they are, and the truth about God and his loving, just, merciful and righteous personality will shine through for everyone to see! 😀