Find room for God in fast-paced world, pope says on Christmas eve

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dencal26 wrote:

Peace be with you Papa

Dec 24, 2012 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dencal26 wrote:

Peace be with you Papa

Dec 24, 2012 6:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tols wrote:

Interesting choice for a photo, Reuters… Are you against us also?

Dec 24, 2012 6:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EricMMM wrote:

“…the more efficient our time-saving appliances become, the less time we have.”

the pope got this, like pretty much everything else he thinks and says, backwards.

Dec 24, 2012 6:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
daedilus wrote:

May the power of faith and goodwill overshadow the hate and venom of men on this recognition of Christs birth.

Peace be upon you, and may the hope and blessings of all men of goodwill be with you on this new year.

Dec 24, 2012 6:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Farniente wrote:

We can only hope and pray that the pope will eventually do something about all of the pedophiles who work for him.

Dec 24, 2012 7:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xetor wrote:

This is the 21st century not the 1st,everything the pope knows is wrong

Dec 24, 2012 7:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
daedilus wrote:

The saddest thing about the above two comments is that they felt ok posting that below the post preceding theirs.

Dec 24, 2012 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
daedilus wrote:

The saddest thing about the above two comments is that they felt ok posting that below the post preceding theirs.

Dec 24, 2012 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nreeves wrote:

Pope Benedict XVI is correct in his estimation. Christians, look at all the distractions around us today.
The world is noisy!

Pax Dominii…Deo gratia

Dec 24, 2012 8:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jlw509 wrote:

I respect Pope Benedict because there is no difference between what he says, what he believes, and the way he lives his life. His intelligence and patient good will always shines through. His calm words are a refreshing contrast to the noise all around us. May the grace of our Dear Lord Jesus descend upon all — absolutely all — on this blessed night,

Dec 24, 2012 8:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
August1000 wrote:

With millions of people living in absolute poverty in Italy why does the Pope need all that GOLD?

Dec 24, 2012 9:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mfm321 wrote:

God love Pope Benedict! Like Christ was hated, the world hates you and the Church!!!

Dec 24, 2012 9:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
popseal wrote:

I once knew a man who built a boat and tried to sink the Rock of Gibralta by raming it with his little wooden craft. Trying to live a meaningful life without God is just as arrogant as the boat builder. Nobody has ever broken the Ten Commandments, they’ve only broken their lives against them.

Dec 24, 2012 9:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AbleWitness wrote:

The Pope is ever so correct about getting God back into our lives. However, it would be for the best for the Christians to get out of the Middle-East. That region will soon be the center of either a nuclear war or a bacteriologic war; i.e. tens of millions of casualties.

Dec 24, 2012 9:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WifeOf15Years wrote:

Wow, did the Pope really say that?! There was a tinge of fire and brimstone to it. lol He must be part Baptist! For once, I agree with what he said.

Dec 24, 2012 10:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Joom wrote:

Religion needs to become more modern if it’s to maintain any form of relevancy. One example of the Catholics’ problem is that they STILL don’t allow women in church leadership positions. How can I trust that these people have answers when they’re living in the stone age?

Dec 24, 2012 10:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WJL wrote:

It is strange why the church remain silent all the wars and terrorism carried out by christian nations. After Christmas it is back to killing as usual in Afghanistan, Syria, etc.

Dec 24, 2012 11:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dgal wrote:

Lets just say that religion is the worst thing that ever happen to this world…Just believe in Jesus Christ and no one else…Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven…Only thru Him can you recieve the eternal life…He has died on the cross for all of our sins…None of us are without sins…Just acknowledge that you are a sinner and that Jesus Christ is our Savior…There is no other way to get to Heaven but thru Him…He is the only one that can absolve our sins…

Dec 24, 2012 11:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DSV1 wrote:

Judging by most of the comments against the church in particular and christians in general, public education has fulfilled its mission: Conversion of the youth to Secular Humanism practiced in the form of Marxism. They prove the religious right is correct and the Antichrist has the population in his hands.

Dec 25, 2012 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
PaulOwens wrote:

You make time to eat, your mind automatically makes time to breathe.

Making time for God, Making time for love, Making time for happiness and peace.

Making time for life.

Maybe it can start by making time for prayer.

Dec 25, 2012 1:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
Starlifter wrote:

The more we pray for peace…the louder the evil one tries to drown out our prayers…to no avail…..
not a big fan of Catholicism…but this message from the Pope is right on target….peace on Earth …Good will toward men.

Dec 25, 2012 1:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dryden01 wrote:

The pope makes a valid point. The greatest thing about the Catholic Church is they do not bend in the fashionable winds of culture. The secularists and their mind control freaks of political correctness have made a deplorable social, economic, and cultural mess of everything they have touched. It’s time to return to sanity and look for guidance in the morality of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Dec 25, 2012 1:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
VooDooShizzle wrote:

I thought he was calling on God to do something for a change. Bummer. I mean he is the Pope. Does he not have God’s cell number? Idea for God: stick your head out of a cloud during Superbowl and say in a booming voice, “Cancer is cured.” And then actually cure cancer. That will put butts in the church pews. I will be there every Sunday (except Superbowl Sunday). You know, do a miracle, announce you are there, like you used to do back in the day every couple weeks with floods and burning bushes and turning people into salt pillars and whatnot. Why so quiet?

Dec 25, 2012 1:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
mriny wrote:

As a Catholic, I can officially agree with the majority of Americans and those in Western nations about this Pope. HE IS EVIL and according to our Catechism, we do not have to listen to a Pope found to be evil based on our consciences.

One thing that makes this Pope evil is he uses one of the most Holy times of year; Advent to LASH out at LGBT as if they are a problem or some large problem in the world when Advent is a time of peace and love. He goes in direct contrast to the very Catechism he was part of making in terms of what it says on homosexuality. It is clear as to how LGBT are to be treated! He goes in direct contrast to that and fails to realize MOST Catholic Parishes in the West do not consider homosexuality a disorder or a sin since science has proved factually people are born that way and it is a natural and needed sexual orientation that has with heterosexuality caused the human race to continue.

Even the Catechism in the area of conscience is clear that if two women or two men are in a committed relationship having sexual relations not cheating and are clear in conscience on the matter it is blessed. I know many Priests who bless gay unions! Many Bishops and others who do the same!

This Pope was part of the Nazi movement, should never have become Pope, is evil and sinful and needs confession least he burn in Hell for eternity for causing so much suffering on a billion people every time he lashes out on the faithful LGBT especially during a Holy Season like this which he has done once again this Advent. I say, he needs to find Christ or when his health gives out, he will go directly to Hell for all the suffering he has caused.

Pope John Paul was gentle in this area and never lashed out at Holy Seasons. He had a belief on the topic but did not dwell on it or be obsessed by it because unlike this Pope, he was not a closet case and he did not hide all the pedophiles like this one did as non Pope and Pope. Most pedophile btw are heterosexual white males.

God bless all true Catholics who have love and can see evil when it is there because they are filled with the Holy Spirit and will avoid the evil as we avoid this Pope.

The right wing minority can now bash my post but remember this much; MOST CATHOLICS VOTED FOR OBAMA and know and understand science and truth.

Dec 25, 2012 2:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
michael0711 wrote:

@mriny Just about everything you have written is incorrect. I am formally credentialed in biochemistry, theology, and I have an MD degree, so I “understand science and truth” just fine (which is exactly why I voted AGAINST Obama). I am also a convert to Catholicism. The Pope is the vicar (look up the latin) of Christ, not you or anyone else. He is the ultimate authority on earth for matters of morality…if you do not believe this, then you, logically, believe that God is a liar, which creates a logical fallacy (if you are indeed “Catholic”). If you actually listened to and understood his advent message, he was clear that homosexuality (homosexual feelings) in and of itself is NOT evil, because people cannot control how they feel or how their brain is wired. HOWEVER, homosexual actions (cohabitation, sex, etc.) are within the realm of control and, therefore, evil because they go against God’s design of nature (natural law). It is more complex than this, but I cannot explain calculus to someone who does not yet comprehend algebra. Your parts about the catechism are laughable and I seriously question your Catholicity. To the rest of you (non-haters), I wish you a Merry Christmas! and much love to the Holy Father

Dec 25, 2012 3:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
kingdad wrote:

Make time for God and Prayer everyday.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much better your life will be.
Life won’t be perfect. Injuries need time to heal. Wisdom time to grow, develop, and mature. But you’ll have some extra support and help in high places.

Dec 25, 2012 6:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlanaF wrote:

The pope, as usual, is right. Sinners who love their sin more than God will call him evil, but they have their sin as their “god” and are deluded. We must pray for them.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2012 7:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
frankreed1 wrote:

Obviously, he’s not talking to America, as we are quite busy REMOVING God from our lives!!!
It’s no wonder how much decadence there is here!!! I am convinced that first & foremost, God removed His hand from upon America for all the babies we murder every day, in the name of the false god, ‘civil liberties’!!!

Dec 25, 2012 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
frankreed1 wrote:

Obviously, he’s not talking to America, as we are quite busy REMOVING God from our lives!!!
It’s no wonder how much decadence there is here!!! I am convinced that first & foremost, God removed His hand from upon America for all the babies we murder every day, in the name of the false god, ‘civil liberties’!!!

Dec 25, 2012 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
katieNOVA wrote:

Some sweet day, believers will decide to live, just for that one day, according to their beliefs. No one will lie, steal, cheat, kill, slander. We will love our neighbor as ourselves and there will be no needy person around us. We will spend our day joining together in “tikkun olam” repairing and healing this broken, suffering world. If we believers – Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist – would for just one day live like that, the kingdom will have come and there will peace on all God’s holy mountain. For the knowledge of God will cover the earth as water covers the seas.

Dec 25, 2012 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
barrondude wrote:

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!
Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?
Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.
Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.

Dec 25, 2012 7:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
lloydc1234 wrote:

I pray for a new Mercedes, the Pope prays for peace. Nothing happens.

Dec 25, 2012 8:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

It seems to me one can make room for “God” anywhere one happens to be and doing anything one happens to be doing. Making room for the Pope, the hierarchy and the theology of any number of Christian or other denominations is more the question.

Dec 25, 2012 8:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

@frankreed – Civil liberties a “false God”? Who ever calls the right to make a living or practice one’s own religion, or to live in the neighborhood of one’s choosing, or to decide what burdens one puts on one’s own person a “false god” unless they are in a habit of keeping slaves of one form or another?

God may want all the “babies” he can get but he also seem to like to burn them alive or blow them away when all those babies grow up and have to fight for some nations desperate attempts to keep more babies coming. Nations have been know to regard their citizens as livestock fit more for breeding purposes. Very aristocratically dominated societies seem to have a tendency to regard their subjects as just a step of so above the crops they grow or the goods they manufacture.

Dec 25, 2012 8:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
PrinceHapi wrote:

Finding room for God never saved anyone as a matter of fact it will send people to hell thinking finding God is the way to heaven. Faith alone on the finished work of Jesus Christ finished work on the cross is salvation on god’s terms. Jesus’s death burial and resurrection alone forgive, justify, atone and make you righteous before god all other ways lead to hell.

Dec 25, 2012 9:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
Marlboro wrote:

Fellowship of Saint James devotionals.

Dec 25, 2012 9:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
rsleonard wrote:

We need to separate the relevance of God or a supreme
being in our life and the relevance of organized religion
such as the Catholic Church in our lives.

I was raised in a protestant family and with the belief
that my relationship to my god is direct and doesn’t to
go through some organizational hierarchy. Nor does his
word have to reach me after being filtered and edited by
committees of bitter old men with axes to grind.

When there was a time of need in my life and I turned
to the organization where I had invested my Sundays as
well as my involvement in the organization I found that
if I did not have money to give and needed solice that
the organization did not have time for me. However, my
god did and I found strength in that relationship to
continue. As a result I have little use for religious
organizations but god is still in my life.

Dec 25, 2012 10:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
ronsato wrote:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

Dec 25, 2012 10:36am EST  --  Report as abuse

tell that to the Demo-cats and good luck with that

Dec 25, 2012 10:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
woodlander wrote:

He tries to get religion into everything.

Dec 25, 2012 11:09am EST  --  Report as abuse
ONTIME wrote:

The Pope and I may disagree on how to worship but we understand the belief in a Christian God, the idea of a loving tolerant God is important and the moral concept is a revitalization of man’s kindred spirit, it is what this nation was founded on and the knowledge that providence would be ours if we understood that knowledge and God was important to this country’s government as a repesenttive Republic.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL…and may America and it’s love of freedom and tolerance be forever.

Dec 25, 2012 11:13am EST  --  Report as abuse
dgal wrote:

The Catholic Church is not the body of Christ. Water baptism is NOT a door into Heaven. The Pope is a liar: There is only one Door and that is Jesus, “I am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.”(John 10:9)
When a lost sinner acknowledge their guilt of sin and comes to God the Father for Salvation by way of faith in the blood sacrifice of His dear Son (Jesus), that sinner if forgiven and born-again by God’s grace. Vatican II is manmade Catholic tradition…Salvation is by faith alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ…
The Pope never quote any Scriptures…Catholics just make things up as they go, concocting whatever traditions they want, and their teaching those traditions instead of the Bible. Mark 7:9 “And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”

Dec 25, 2012 11:22am EST  --  Report as abuse

Surrounded by gold. he asks for us to honor the poor.

Dec 25, 2012 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilMcGowan wrote:

“Find room in your heart to hate gays for God”

What a vile sack of excrement this ex-Hitler-Youth NAZI is.

Dec 25, 2012 12:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GreaseMonkey wrote:

I read these comments and see the spiritual war raging, Satan on one side and Christ on the other. Pray for our dear Papa, and pray that we can see the influence of Satan in our own lives, and by the grace of God push the evil one out.

Dec 25, 2012 12:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
GizaDog wrote:

How about no room for a fictitious mind controlling entity!

Dec 25, 2012 12:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
estheimer wrote:

Don’t we have too much God already with all the wars over whose God is better than whose? Wouldn’t we all be better off if all of us kept our God to ourselves and just live and let live?

Dec 25, 2012 1:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
estheimer wrote:

Don’t we have too much God already with all the wars over whose God is better than whose? Wouldn’t we all be better off if all of us kept our God to ourselves and just live and let live?

Dec 25, 2012 1:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dgal wrote:

@estheimer…I think you know which religion believe their God is better than others, and they are the only one making war over it…

Dec 25, 2012 2:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
faceofus wrote:

Reuters is anti-Christian! It is part of the obamabot media.

Dec 25, 2012 5:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
skyraider wrote:

Please stop saying birth control is a sin when half the population of Haiti is 18 years old or younger. Soften your heart.

Dec 25, 2012 6:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
passpass55 wrote:

It really seems shallow, frankly. I’d say that I’m a religious person at my core. I’m realistic that we live in an evil world. But I would expect that the most visible leader of Christianity on Earth would say more than “We need more time for God.” This is really obvious. There is nothing really inspiring about that; nothing that would spark people’s curiosity and impart a sense of urgency…for there truly is a sense of urgency in that the world is falling apart at the core. The world is falling quickly to the grip of militant Islam. Christianity is going extinct in the Middle East. The Christians in the ancient church in Egypt are fading and are under the worst threat even after the surge in power of the Muslim Brotherhood. “We need more God” doesn’t really address the extreme urgency and danger we live in these days. We need a more inspiring leader. We also need another Crusade.

Dec 25, 2012 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Itsnotmywill wrote:

If you think Christianity is bad, what have other religions/atheism have to offer? Think about it before stealing Nietzsche or Dawkins or someone else. How have they helped our society? No religion has yet to answer nor even fairly addressed the two most important questions of this and every generation – proof of God and Why I am here- except for Christianity. For it is a requirement to love in Christianity. It is knowing that we are not a god. It is in humbling ourselves where we find happiness. If you want to find happy person, find someone who is actually practicing Christianity. Take it. Your life may improve. Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2012 9:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

I wonder what Jesus thinks of the Pope who is the head of an organization that has a reported history of making huge amounts of money, raping children on the sly and covering it up by moving priests around rather than report them so they cannot be stopped. Hiding Nazis, getting nuns pregnant and having invested in pharmaceutical companies. These same companies made birth control. Even Jesus got angry with the money changers in the temple, can’t imagine the rage he’d have with the church now.

Dec 26, 2012 5:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
Gaius_Baltar wrote:

Good to see his holiness taking time off from protecting child abusers.

Dec 26, 2012 8:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
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