Pope Francis: ‘We have paid too little heed to those who are hungry’

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A group of homeless men sleep just outside of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014).  Religion News Service photo by Josephine McKenna

A group of homeless men sleep just outside of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014). Religion News Service photo by Josephine McKenna

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ROME (RNS) “The hungry remain, at the street corner, and ask to be recognized as citizens, to receive a healthy diet," the pope said.

  • Fran

    God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) will soon provide such marvelous blessings to mankind that no one will be in poverty or hunger, and there will be no threats to life or our planet, as follows:

    “There will come to be plenty of grain on earth.” (Psalm 72:16)

    “All those in the memorial tombs will come out.” (John 5:28,29)

    “No resident will say ‘I am sick.'” (Isaiah 33:24)

    “The lame will climb up just as a stag does.” (Isaiah 35:6)

    “The eyes of the blind ones will be opened.” (Isaiah 35:5)

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor pain be anymore.” (Revelation 21:4)

    None of man’s governments can nor will provide all of these blessings.

  • philip

    I could not agree more with Pope Francis! Knowing that our esteemed Pope is a Biblical expert, he would agree with me that followers of Jesus, as quoted in the Bible, had only the clothes on their back and the sandals on their feet, to proclaim God’s word, “Go two by two and ask for shelter and food, as you do My work.”
    To the rich young man who approached Jesus with the question, “How do I follow You, Master?”
    Jesus replied, “Sell all that you have and be My disciple.” Via con Dios, Mi Compadre.
    Pope Francis, I feel that your statement belies Jesus’ teachings. It seems hypocritical to ask the heathens, the non believers, to give to the world while the Catholic Church sits on billions of dollars. Yes, I know, the Church is a big donor to the poor but, please, do not invoke Jesus’ name while you sit on a gold throne in a house that is worth hundreds of millions.
    I know Pope Francis lives in a small apartment but, he has one hell of a lot of assets which would make even Satan proud!
    Regarding those in hunger, instead of coming to the East Coast of America next year, go to Chad, go to Syria, go to Lebanon, go to the Congo and so many more countries that are led by despots and dictators.
    Pope Francis, go to the Sudan. You want to feed the people? First, you will need to free them; dropping food into these countries would have been like sending CARE packages to Auschwitz. First, you have to get rid of the cancers that inflict the hunger and pain on innocent people .
    It’s a tall order. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” I pray every day for peace. I pray every day for those in hunger. I pray every day for those who suffer. And I do what I can but, after all, Jesus was correct.
    PS I like you too much, Francis. Skip Sudan; it should be safer on the East Coast.

  • This Pope is a Humanist.
    That will be the end of the church.

  • Fran


    The pope is definitely not a theocrat, praising the blessings that will soon come from God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44). That will certainly cause the demise of his Church.

  • Bob

    That’s all BS, Fran. Your god has not delivered on any of that for >2,000 years. After that amount of time, and so much suffering, reasonable doubt is more than justified. Either that or you are a prime buyer for swampland.

    Take a critical look at your beliefs for a change. It’s high time to toss your whacky Jeebus superstitions.

  • Bob

    I hope you are right, Atheist Max, and I think that you will be.

    Fran, a 2,000+ year wait, many lifetimes, is not “soon”. At this point, that alone makes reasonable doubt in your Christian tales justified. Maybe you should take a more critical look at your Christian superstitions.

  • Fran


    No, it is exactly the truth from Jehovah God, from his Word, the Bible. Jesus, the son of God, prophecied a little over 2,000 years ago the signs that we would be living in the last days of a wicked era (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21).

    Those prophecies are being fulfilled worldwide today. God’s kingdom was established in the heavens in 1914. Since that time, the good news of that kingdom has been and still is being preached worldwide, also in fulfillment of Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:14.

    Since Pentecost 33 C.E., when the first Christian congregations were formed, God has been selecting those of the 144,000 from earth who will be joint heirs of the millennial Kingdom rule (Revelation 14:1-5; 20:1-6) with Jesus as King in the heavens.

    It’s necessary to consider that God’s timeline is different from our own, since he had no beginning and will have no end (Psalm 90:2). We have a start and usually an end, so eternity is difficult to comprehend.

    2 Peter 3:8 sheds light on this fact:

    “However, let this fact not be escaping your notice, beloved, that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.”

    God therefore causes his purposes to be done at the best possible times for everyone involved. This is really a loving arrangement now, allowing time for the wicked ones to be warned of their lifestyles and have the opportunity to turn their lives around.

    I will never take a critical look at God, his Word, the Bible, his promises and his purposes for man on earth. I will, however, remain critical of man’s governments that are evidently unable to solve all of man’s problems, which they promise every year during elections, and which don’t come true.

  • Fran


    I responded to your previous post, as well as this one, above.

  • Bob

    Fran, you said, “I will never take a critical look at God, his Word, the Bible, his promises and his purposes for man on earth.”
    and therein lies one of your several problems. You lack courage and integrity. If you had courage, you would openly examine your beliefs.

    Regarding your Jesus tale, the whole Jesus-sacrifice-salvation thing is a steaming pile of rubbish. How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn’t do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus’ death a “sacrifice”, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers? Pretty pathetic “god” that you’ve made for yourself there.

    Now, you coward, while you are dumping bible bile on us from your horrid holy book, let’s take a look at some of the other fine guidances that are in there, purportedly from your vengeful sky fairy. From both foul testaments, and note the following text in regard to context and interpretation issues:

    Numbers 31:17-18
    17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
    18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

    Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

    1 Timothy 2:11
    “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.”

    Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

    Leviticus 25
    44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.
    45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property.
    46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

    Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don’t get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

    Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it’s in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god’s mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

    And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your “god” couldn’t come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken “out of context”, and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you’ve made for yourself.

    So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish superstitions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

  • samuel Johnston

    Open the books Holy Father. Let us all see the church set the example. Once millions have been fed by the wealth of the Church, perhaps even I will believe!

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Thus wrote India’s Mahatma Gandhi: “Nature produces sufficient for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed”.