The quotable Pope Francis: He has a way with words

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Pope Francis gestures during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, on September 9, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Pope Francis gestures during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, on September 9, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-QUOTES, originally transmitted on Sept. 12, 2015.

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With his simple, thoughtful and often pithy comments, Pope Francis is showing himself to be among the most quotable popes. Here's a sampling.

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  • Betty Clermont

    Now if only the lapdog media reported the hundreds of quotes that don’t support the “image” and reported the backgrounds of the men the pope has appointed, THAT would be news.

  • Fran

    Bernardo,

    According to Bible prophecies and chronology, God’s kingdom or heavenly government was established in the heavens in 1914 with Jesus as King, commemorating the start of the last days of a wicked era (including the First World War) and Jesus’ presence (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21).

    The preaching of the good news of that kingdom had been going on by a small group then, which has grown significantly (to about 8,000,000), who are doing this work on a worldwide basis (Matthew 24:14) in over 200 lands and hundreds of languages.

    I have no doubt that God’s kingdom will soon intervene in man’s affairs and fulfill all its grand promises for man. You can continue to believe as you do and to doubt this and the Bible entirely.

    But I will never doubt these things, having seen the course of the world changing for the worst since I was a kid (over 50 years) as prophesied. I also doubt man could handle another 50 years of man’s rule.

  • Bernardo

    Fran,

    “According to Bible prophecies and chronology, God’s kingdom or heavenly government was established in the heavens in 1914 with Jesus as King, commemorating the start of the last days of a wicked era (including the First World War) and Jesus’ presence (Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21).”

    You must be kidding? Where did you see this total absurdity?

  • Fran

    Bernardo,

    The Scriptures involved are Luke 21:24, concerning the end of rulership of the line of kings from the house of David. The end of those kings started in 607 B.C.E., when Jerusalem was conquered by Babylon.

    The end of Gentile rule was 2,520 years later, or in 2014, according to Ezekiel 21:26,27, prophesying about Jesus; also according to a dream Daniel had (Daniel 4:10-16), indicating 7 times
    would need to pass.

    Ezekiel 17:22-24 and 31:2-5, relate to the 7 times that must first take place; and Revelation 12:6,14 indicates that 3-1/2 times are 1,260 days; 7 days would be twice as long, or 2,520 days after Jerusalem’s fall. Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6 speak of “a day for a year”, so 7 times is 2,520 years.

    Therefore, 2,520 years from October 607 B.C.E., or the end of the Gentile nations ruling, was October 2014, when Jesus was installed as King in God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Psalm 2:1-6; Daniel 7:13,14).

  • Fran

    P.S. October 607 B.C.E. to December 31, 1 B.C.E. is 606-1/4 years. January 1 C.E. to October 1914 is 1,913 3/4 years. Both of these amounts equal 2,520.