Young Catholics drawn to Pope Francis. Church life and dogma? Not so much

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Pope Francis blesses a schoolchild upon departure from the Vatican Embassy in Washington during his first visit to the United States on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Pope Francis blesses a schoolchild upon departure from the Vatican Embassy in Washington during his first visit to the United States on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) A repeat pilgrim to see Pope Francis, Regina Bunye represents a fading demographic: young adult Catholics intensely involved in their faith.

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  • Greg1

    Hopefully the pope will attract many young men and women, and that they be faithful to Christ and his Church. If one could only see the soul after having received the sacraments of the Church, it would be the difference between the darkest night, to the most illumined day at high noon. That is how God operates; that is his free gift of sanctifying grace, only we must be open to Him, and his free gift. He expects of us to call out to him, and accept His ways, and to suppress our own ways. That is how eternal life is realized by the Christian. It is very exciting seeing the pope in America. This has been a great day.

  • Bob

    Greg1, the whole Christ story that you keep trying to promote here, the foundation of your beliefs, is utter nonsense. 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? Not only that, but an omnipotent “god” would have known that Jesus wouldn’t really stay dead. That is no sacrifice at all.

    It’s also worth asking why such a claimed benevolent, wonderfully kind, “god” has to put us through thousands of years of anxious waiting before “saving” us from a flawed life that he supposedly created. The Christian beliefs are just plain ridiculous.

    Good day, and here’s to a less religious, and therefore better, future for you.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains.
    Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  • Greg1

    Copy, paste, copy, paste. Come on, Bob. Can’t you be a little more creative? Tell you what, say one Hail, Mary, slowly, and quietly, asking the Woman Clothed with the Sun (Rev 12:1), to obtain from God Almighty, Faith for you. All it takes is one good honest prayer. And Mary listens when God will not. And from what I’ve read from your posts, well, if I were the Lord, I’d be waiting for an apology from you first and foremost.

  • Bob

    Greg1, stop your pathetic dodging and try instead to respond with substance to what you are being challenged with about your disgusting Christian superstitions about your murderous, bigoted sky fairy.

    No prayer has ever been responded to by a divine being. If you claim otherwise, then present your verifiable evidence. Good luck with that. There is no such evidence.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains.
    Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/