Will evangelicals welcome Pope Francis? The good news depends on it (COMMENTARY)

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Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican August 9, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican August 9, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-MILLER-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Sept. 15, 2015.

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(RNS) There are more than 2,000 passages in the Bible that speak to the issues of poverty, justice, fair treatment for the vulnerable and the ethic of love. Indeed, these issues are central to our faith.

  • Be Brave

    “Moral Mondays?”

    Also known as political event to elect extremist democrats in North Carolina.

    Way to see through the facade.

  • Ben in oakland

    As opposed to Christianity, which tells people that they are worthless sinners whose only hope of not burning in hell forever is to accept that God sacrificed himself to himself for being himself.

    As for the embodiment of hatred….

    That’s surely the case of the pot calling the hypocrite a kettle.

    Projection is what you do, always, in every post you make, where you tell people how evil they are For not believing exactly what you believe.

    Atheism tells no one they are worthless. That’s all YOU. Quite the contrary, atheism tells people they are inherently worthwhile, and don’t need the opiate of the people to tell them that they have value.

  • Ben,

    “Quite the contrary, atheism tells people they are inherently worthwhile…”

    Exactly. In fact, humanism – it could be argued – is only possible once adherence to a religion is abandoned.

  • Bob in Maryland

    I’m overjoyed at all these atheist commenters weighing in here, because that means they’re drawn to and reading websites such as this one. Their hearts are not completely dead if they still (albeit unconsciously) seek the Truth. May they continue to explore. Have no fear! If there is even the least spark of honest inquiry in their souls, the Truth will always win out.

    God bless Pope Francis!

  • @Bob,

    “Have no fear!”

    Don’t you know most ATHEISTS are former Christians, Catholics and Jews who once prayed all the time!!??

    I have no fear. There is no Hell. There is probably no god. Jesus is probably imaginary. But those are not reasons to dislike the Pope – The Pope is probably a nice man who is just another victim of religious indoctrination. He can’t see how wrong he is because he is forbidden by the religion from contemplating that possibility!

    Love, Compassion, Empathy, Trust, Human Dignity ….
    …these life-affirming things are not improved by claiming a magic sky fairy invented them!

  • Buck

    Some Southern Baptists appear to have their claws out. See
    http://www.bpnews.net/45519/baptists-not-threatened-by-popes-us-visit .
    No surprise.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Robbing the poor of their rights – simply inhuman !

  • JSB

    Beloved, how does the “VICAR of CHRIST” preach to a joint session of congress AND the whole WORLD & NOT ONCE mention HIS NAME???