Pope Francis warns pilgrims: ‘Don’t get conned — salvation is free!’

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Pope Francis talks during a special audience to mark the 50th anniversary of Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis talks during a special audience to mark the 50th anniversary of Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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(RNS) “Be careful that there’s not someone a bit quick and too cunning that tells you that you must pay," Pope Francis said at his Wednesday public audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Ben in oakland

    You get what you pay for.

  • “St. Peter’s Basilica …..telling them salvation cannot be bought.”
    Oh, the wicked irony.
    St. Peter’s Basilica WAS FINANCED AND BUILT WITH INDULGENCES – bribes written by priests in return for money
    to insure a place of SALVATION in Heaven to anyone willing to pay for it.

    Martin Luther’s discovery of this despicable con game by Catholics
    led to the invention of Protestantism.