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Thursday, 9 June 2016

A List of Heretical Pronouncements of Anti Pope Francis

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Since the false election of Francis as “pope” he has been pronouncing false ideas and heresies and yet people call him “Pope” “Vicar of Christ” “Bishop of Rome”.

Yet we know that he is none of that.

We affirm that Francis is nothing but a heretical impostor who is out to send million of souls to hell!

We present here the various heretical statements of Francis with dates and reference!

Pay particular attentions to the letters in red. These shows that Francis is an apostate!

Warning to readers: The quotations of Jorge Bergoglio, being particularly perverse and misleading, are extremely dangerous for the souls and offensive to God.

“Sharing our experience in carrying that cross, to expel the illness within our hearts, whichembitters our life: it is important that you do this in your meetings. Those that are Christian, with the Bible, and those that are Muslim, with the Quran. The faith that your parents instilled in you will always help you move on.” (Addressing immigrant Muslims in a Roman parish during the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 19 January 2014: - -

“Finally, I send you my prayerful good wishes, that your lives may glorify the Almighty and
give joy to those around you.”(Greetings sent to the Muslim community at the end of Ramadan on 10 July 2013: -

“I also think with affection of those Muslim immigrants who this evening begin the fast of
Ramadan, which I trust will bear abundant spiritual fruit.” (Homily given at Lampedusa on 8 July 2013 with illegal Muslim immigrants: - Cf. « La papauté discréditée » :

“... it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for
daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services”(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of 24 November 2013, § 252: )

“I take great pleasure in extending my warmest best wishes to you and Rome's entire Jewish
community on the occasion of the Great Feast of Pesach. May the Almighty, who freed His
people from slavery in Egypt to guide them to the Promised Land, continue to deliver you
from all evil and to accompany you with His blessing. I ask you to pray for me . . .” (Greetings
to the Jewish Community of Rome on 25 March 2013: )

“We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never
been revoked, for ‘the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable’ (Rom 11:29).”
(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of 24 November 2013, §247: )

“God continues to work among the people of the Old Covenant and to bring forth treasures of
wisdom which flow from their encounter with his word. For this reason, the Church also is
enriched when she receives the values of Judaism.” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of 24 November 2013, §249: )

 “I don’t care if this education is given by Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox or Jews. What
matters is that this child receives an education and ceases to be hungry.” (Interview with Gerson Camarotti on Brazilian television in July 2013 during a trip to Brazil: )

“Live and let live, that is the first step towards peace and joy.”
(Responding to the journalist Pablo Calvo on 7 July 2014 for the review Viva: - )

“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge
him?”(Apostolic Journey to Rio de Janeiro on the occasion of the XXVIII World Youth Day , Press conference of Pope Francis during the return flight, 28 July 2013:

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied
with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the
existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?” (Interview with Fr.
Antonio Spadaro S.J. editor of Civiltà Cattolica on the 19, 23 and 29 August 2013:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

“Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation
has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.”
(Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J. editor of Civiltà Cattolica on the 19, 23 and 29 August 2013:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

“. . . a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.” (Angelus of September 1, 2013: - )

To dialogue means to believe that the “other” has something worthwhile to say, and to
entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean
renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute.
(Message for the 48th World Communications Day, “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter,” June 1, 2014 – Cf. 9:
20140124_messaggio-comunicazioni-sociali.html )

“The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and
the loneliness of the old.” (Interview with Eugenio Scalfair of September 24, 2013 and published on October 1, 2013 in La Repubblica: )

Respect for human rights . . . among which religious freedom and freedom of expression
stand out, is the preliminary condition for a country’s social and economic development.
(Meeting with the civil authorities of Albania, September 21, 2014:

I urge you to continue working to create this human village, ever more human, which offers
children a present of peace and a future of hope. (Address of Pope Francis to Participants in the
International Meeting of Directors of “Scholas Occurrentes” on September 4, 2014:

“Proselytism is solemn nonsense; it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen
to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I
want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is
important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed
by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead
towards the Good.” (Interview with Eugenio Scalfair of September 24, 2013 and published on October 1, 2013 in La Repubblica:

“I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God; there is God and I believe
in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father,
Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.” (Interview with Eugenio Scalfair of September 24, 2013 and published on October 1, 2013 in La Repubblica:

“he was silent, but in Her heart, how many things did she tell the Lord! ‘You, that day - this is
what we read - told me that He would be great; You told me that you would give Him the
Throne of David, His father, that He would reign forever and now I see him there! ’ Our Lady
was human! And perhaps she had the urge to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!” (Homily at Casa Santa
Marta, December 20, 2013:

“The Church and the Virgin Mary are mothers, both of them; what is said of the Church can
be said also of Our Lady and what is said of Our Lady can also be said of the Church! . . . Do
we love the Church as we love our mothers, also taking into account her defects? All mothers
have defects, we all have defects, but when we speak of our mother's defects we gloss over
them, we love her as she is. And the Church also has her defects: but we love her just as a
mother. Do we help her to be more beautiful, more authentic, more in harmony with the
Lord?” (General Audience of September 11, 2013:

“I am very happy to have met with a wise mans.” (After his audience on June 1, 2013 with José
Mujica, the President of Urugruay— a former terrorist, atheist, communist, secularist, pro-abortion and prohomosexual rights: full-of-praise-for-each-other-share-

“I ask you to pray for me because this job is a “taxing” job, far from easy.” (Address of Pope
Francis to the young people from the Italian diocese of Piacenza-Bobbio at the Vatican Basilica - Altar Of The Chair Wednesday, 28 August 2013:

“As I have frequently observed, if a choice has to be made between a bruised Church which
goes out to the streets and a Church suffering from self-absorption, I certainly prefer the
first.” (Message of Pope Francis for the 48th World Communications Day, “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture Of Encounter”, 1 June 2014:

“Since many of you are not members of the Catholic Church, and others are not believers, I
cordially give this blessing silently, to each of you, respecting the conscience of each, but in
the knowledge that each of you is a child of God.” (Silent benediction to some 5,000 representatives of the media present in the Paul VI Audience Hall during his first pontifical audience with journalists, March 16, 2013:
20130316_rappresentanti-media.html )

“Sunday is for family.”(Responding to the journalist Pablo Calvo on July 7, 2014 for the Argentine weekly Viva:

Inequality is the root of social evil.” (Tweet of April 28, 2014 :

“How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor!." (Said during his first pontifical
audience with journalists in the Paul VI Audience Hall, March 16, 2013:

“In the eyes of God we are the most beautiful thing, the greatest, the best of creation: even the
angels are beneath us, we are more than the angels.” (General Audience at St. Peter’s Square, May 21, 2014:

“We should not think, however, that the Gospel message must always be communicated by
fixed formulations learned by heart or by specific words which express an absolutely
invariable content.” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of November 24, 2013, §129 :

“If – for example - tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us,
here... Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint
them... And one says, 'But I want to be baptized!' What would happen?” (Homily given at Casa
Santa Marta on May 12, 2014: François, les martiens et la patience de Dieu.)

In the past few days I have been reading a book by a Cardinal — Cardinal Kasper, a clever
theologian, a good theologian — on mercy. And that book did me a lot of good.” (Angelus of
March 17, 2013:

“Yesterday, before falling asleep – though not in order to fall asleep! – I read – I re-read
Cardinal Kasper’s work, and I would like to thank him, because [in it] I found profound
theology, also a serene thought in theology. It is nice to read serene theology. And also, I
found that, of which St. Ignatius spoke to us: that sensus Ecclesiae, love for Mother Church. It
did me good and I had an idea - and excuse me if I embarrass [Your] Eminence, but the idea
is: this is called doing theology while kneeling.” (Intervention during the Extraordinary Consistory of the College of Cardinals on February 21, 2014:

“In her ongoing discernment, the Church can also come to see that certain customs not
directly connected to the heart of the Gospel, even some which have deep historical roots, are
no longer properly understood and appreciated. Some of these customs may be beautiful, but
they no longer serve as means of communicating the Gospel. We should not be afraid to reexamine them. At the same time, the Church has rules or precepts which may have been quite
effective in their time, but no longer have the same usefulness for directing and shaping
people’s lives.” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of November 24, 2013, §43 :

“Yes, in this quest to seek and find God in all things there is still an area of uncertainty. There
must be. If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin
of uncertainty, then this is not good. For me, this is an important key. If one has the answers
to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false
prophet using religion for himself. . . The risk in seeking and finding God in all things, then,
is the willingness to explain too much, to say with human certainty and arrogance: ‘God is
here.’ We will find only a god that fits our measure.” (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J.,
director of Civiltà Cattolica on August 19, 23 and 29, 2013 - Cf. p. 21/22

"Are your hands bound together? It looks like they're stuck." (Addressing one of the altar boys
standing quietly before him in Vatican Grotto Chapel on November 2, 2013—after which he separated the boys’ hands:

“I bought flowers, roses. And I went back and began to arrange the coffin well, with flowers
…. And I saw the Rosary he [the deceased priest] had in hand … and immediately there came
to my mind that thief that we all have inside, no ? And while I fixed the flowers I took hold of
the cross of the Rosary, and with some force I detached it. And in that moment I looked at him
and I said: ‘Give me half of your mercy.’ I felt something strong which gave me the courage to
do this and to make this prayer!” (Meeting with the Roman clergy on March 6, 2014: )

“The journalist asked: ‘Do you perceive a certain underlying misogyny?’—Pope Francis:
‘The fact is that woman was taken from a rib … [he laughs heartily]. It’s a joke, I’m joking. I
agree that there must be more reflection on the feminine question, otherwise the Church
herself cannot be understood.’” (Interview with Franca Giansoldati published in Il Messaggero on June 29, 2014: )

“There are priests who are more papist than the Pope.” A woman who married a divorced
man. Bergoglio advised her to take Communion regardless of her personal situation.” (Advice
given over the telephone to an Argentinian woman in April 2014: )

“Our goal is not to proselytize but to listen to needs, desires and disappointments, despair,
hope. We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love.
Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” (Interview with
Eugenio Scalfari on September 24, 2013 and published on October 1st in La Repubblica: )

“The Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and has given us this commandment in
the depths of our heart: do good and do not do evil. The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of
us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’
Even the atheists. Everyone!” (Sermon at Casa Santa Marta on May 22, 2013:

“The Son of God became incarnate in order to instill the feeling of brotherhood in the souls
of men. All are brothers and all children of God.” (Interview with Eugenio Scalfari on September 24,2013 and published on October 1st in La Repubblica: )

“Some people say that sin is an offence to God.” (General Audience of May 29, 2013: )

“He who does not sin is not human.” (Wake Up the World! Conversation with Pope Francis about the Religious Life by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., published by Civiltà Cattolica: )

“Of what things can a Christian boast? Two things: his sins and Christ crucified.” (Mass at
Santa Marta on Thursday, 4 September 2014 : )

“Corruption is a greater ill than sin. More than forgiveness, this ill must be treated.
Corruption has become natural, to the point of becoming a personal and social statement tied
to customs, common practice in commercial and financial transactions, in public contracting,
in every negotiation that involves agents of the State. It is the victory of appearances over
reality and of brazenness over honorable discretion.” (Address to the delegates of the International Association of Penal Law, 23 October 2014: )

“I said to her: ‘madam, I think the child’s hungry. . . Please give it something to eat!’ I said.
She was shy and didn’t want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say
the same to humanity: give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her
child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.” (Interview with the journals La Stampa and Vatican Insider on December 10, 2013:

“Jesus, when he laments — ‘Father, why have you abandoned me?’ — is he blaspheming?
This is the mystery . . . many times in [the Pope’s] pastoral experience, he himself hears
‘people who are living in difficult, sorrowful situations, who have lost so much or who feel
alone and abandoned and come to complain and to ask these questions: Why? They rebel
against God.’ And the Pope’s answer is: ‘Continue to pray this way, because this too is a
prayer.’ As was that of Jesus, when he asked the Father: ‘Why have you abandoned me?’”
(Morning meditation in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, September 30, 2014: )

“Jesus . . . came to the world to learn to be a man and, being man, to walk with men.”
(Morning meditation in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, September 15, 2014: )
“The world has changed and the Church cannot lock itself into alleged interpretations of
dogma. We have to approach social conflicts, old and new, and try to give a hand so as to
reassure, not stigmatize and not simply rebuke.” (Interview with Joaquín Morales Solá on October 5, 2014 published in the Argentinian journal La Nación: )

“To find what the Lord asks of his Church today, we must lend an ear to the debates of our
time and perceive the “fragrance” of the men of this age, so as to be permeated with their
joys and hopes, with their griefs and anxieties (cf. Gaudium et Spes, n. 1). At that moment we
will know how to propose the good news on the family with credibility.” (Address of his Holiness
Pope Francis during the meeting on the family, Saint Peter's Square, October 4, 2014:
20141004_incontro-per-la-famiglia.html )

It is essential to draw near to new forms of poverty and vulnerability, in which we are called
to recognize the suffering Christ, even if this appears to bring us no tangible and immediate
benefits. I think of the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who
are increasingly isolated and abandoned, and many others. Migrants present a particular
challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which
considers herself mother to all. For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness
which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms
of cultural synthesis. (Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, November 24, 2013, § 210 : )

“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards
what they think is Good . . . And I repeat it here. Everyone has his own idea of good and evil
and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be
enough to make the world a better place.” (Interview with Eugenio Scalfari on September 24, 2013 and published on October 1st in La Repubblica: )

We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive
methods. This is not possible . . . The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all
equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a
disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., Director of Civiltà Cattolica, August 19, 23 and 29, 2013 – Cf. p. 16:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

It is necessary to broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the Church . .
. Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed . . . We have to work harder to
develop a profound theology of the woman. Only by making this step will it be possible to
better reflect on their function within the Church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we
make important decisions. The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of
women also in those places where the authority of the Church is exercised in various areas of
the Church.” (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., Director of Civiltà Cattolica, August 19, 23 and 29, 2013 – Cf. p. 16:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

“In ecumenical relations it is important not only to know each other better, but also to
recognize what the Spirit has sown in the other as a gift for us. . . I ask how Pope Francis
envisions the future unity of the church in light of this response. He answers: “We must walk
united with our differences: there is no other way to become one. This is the way of Jesus.”
 (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., Director of Civiltà Cattolica, August 19, 23 and 29, 2013 – Cf. p. 19:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

“Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own
consciences, can live ‘justified by the grace of God,’ and thus be ‘associated to the paschal
mystery of Jesus Christ.’ But due to the sacramental dimension of sanctifying grace, God’s
working in them tends to produce signs and rites, sacred expressions which in turn bring
others to a communitarian experience of journeying towards God. While these lack the
meaning and efficacy of the sacraments instituted by Christ, they can be channels which the
Holy Spirit raises up in order to liberate non-Christians from atheistic immanentism or from
purely individual religious experiences. The same Spirit everywhere brings forth various
forms of practical wisdom which help people to bear suffering and to live in greater peace
and harmony. As Christians, we can also benefit from these treasures built up over many
centuries, which can help us better to live our own beliefs.
(Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, November 24, 2013, § 210 : )

What does the Holy Spirit do? I said he does something else, which perhaps one might think
is division, but it isn’t. The Holy Spirit creates “diversity” in the Church. (I Corinthians 12).
He creates diversity! And this diversity is truly very rich, very beautiful. But then, the Holy
Spirit himself creates unity, and so the Church is one in diversity. And, to use the word of an
Evangelical whom I love very much, a “reconciled diversity” by the Holy Spirit. He creates
both things: He creates the diversity of charisms and then He creates the harmony of
charisms. (Pope Francis' address to the Pentecostal community known as the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Italy, July 28, 2014: )

“The blood they have shed may become the seed of hope to build true fraternity between
peoples.” (In a telegram sent to the religious superior on September 8, 2014, Pope Francis alluded thus to the three Italian sisters decapitated in Africa: )

[Jesus] tells his disciples to have the people sit down in groups of 50 — this is not merely
coincidental, for it means that they are no longer a crowd but become communities nourished
by God’s bread. Jesus then takes those loaves and fish, looks up to heaven, recites the blessing
— the reference to the Eucharist is clear — and breaks them and gives them to the disciples
who distribute them... and the loaves and fish do not run out, they do not run out! This is the
miracle: rather than a multiplication it is a sharing, inspired by faith and prayer. Everyone
eats and some is left over: it is the sign of Jesus, the Bread of God for humanity. (Angelus of
June 2, 2013:
angelus_20130602.html )

It is impossible to imagine a future for society without a significant injection of moral energy
into a democratic order that tends to remain imprisoned in pure logic or in a mere balancing
of vested interests. I consider fundamental for this dialogue the contribution made by the
great religious traditions, which play a fruitful role as a leaven of society and a life-giving
force for democracy. Peaceful coexistence between different religions is favored by the laicity
of the state, which, without appropriating any one confessional stance, respects and esteems
the presence of the religious dimension in society, while fostering its more concrete
expressions.(Meeting with Brazil’s leaders of society, July 27, 2013:
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“The young Catholic churches, as they grow, develop a synthesis of faith, culture and life, and
so it is a synthesis different from the one developed by the ancient churches. For me, the
relationship between the ancient Catholic churches and the young ones is similar to the
relationship between young and elderly people in a society. They build the future, the young
ones with their strength and the others with their wisdom. You always run some risks, of
course. The younger churches are likely to feel self-sufficient; the ancient ones are likely to
want to impose on the younger churches their cultural models. But we build the future
together.” (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J. editor of Civiltà Cattolica on the 19, 23 and 29 August 2013:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue,
dialogue, dialogue. The only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way
for the life of peoples to progress, is via the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have
something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have
something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without
prejudice. This open spirit, without prejudice, I would describe as “social humility”, which is
what favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and
religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, in a climate that is respectful of the
rights of everyone. (Meeting with Brazil’s leaders of society, July 27, 2013: )

Let us look around us: there are so many poor and needy people, so many societies that try to
find a more inclusive way of social justice and path of economic development! How great is
the need for the human heart to be firmly fixed on the deepest meaning of experiences in life
and rooted in a rediscovery of hope! Men and women, inspired in these areas by the values of
their respective religious traditions, can offer an important, and even unique, contribution.
This is truly a fertile land offering much fruit, also in the field of interreligious dialogue.
(Meeting with the leaders of other religions and other Christian denominations, September 21, 2014:
20140921_albania-leaders-altre-religioni.html )

The scandal of poverty cannot be addressed by promoting strategies of containment that only
tranquilize the poor and render them tame and inoffensive. How sad it is when we find,
behind allegedly altruistic works, the other being reduced to passivity or being negated; or
worse still, we find hidden personal agendas or commercial interests. “Hypocrites” is what
Jesus would say to those responsible. How marvelous it is, by contrast, when we see peoples
moving forward, especially their young and their poorest members. Then one feels a
promising breeze that revives hope for a better world. May this breeze become a cyclone of
hope. This is my wish. (Address to the participants in the World Meeting of Popular Movements, October 28, 2014:
20141028_incontro-mondiale-movimenti-popolari.html )

In life you can do two contrary things: build bridges or build walls. Walls separate, they
divide. Bridges connect . . . no one is in charge of this communication but everything works. It
is spontaneity in life, it is saying “yes” to life . . . communicating is avoiding all
discrimination . . . I see that you are making good progress and you know how to
communicate among yourselves in various languages and starting from your religious
identity. This is beautiful . . . it is important to work in groups, study in groups and follow the
path of life in a group . . . Create the future! (Video conference with the students of Scholas
Occurrentes, September 4, 2014:
20140904_videoconferenza-piattaforma-scholas.html )

“Vatican II was a re-reading of the Gospel in light of contemporary culture,” says the pope.
“Vatican II produced a renewal movement that simply comes from the same Gospel. Its fruits
are enormous. Just recall the liturgy. The work of liturgical reform has been a service to the
people as a re-reading of the Gospel from a concrete historical situation. Yes, there are
hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity, but one thing is clear: the dynamic of reading
the Gospel, actualizing its message for today—which was typical of Vatican II—is absolutely
irreversible.” (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J. editor of Civiltà Cattolica on the 19, 23 and 29 August2013:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

Vatican II, inspired by Pope[s] Paul VI and John, decided to look to the future with a modern
spirit and to be open to modern culture. The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern
culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little
was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something.
(Interview with Eugenio Scalfari on September 24, 2013 and published on October 1st in La Repubblica: )

If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he
will find nothing. Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open
up new areas to God. Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who
long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no
longer exists - they have a static and inward-directed view of things. (Interview with Fr. Antonio
Spadaro S.J. editor of Civiltà Cattolica on the 19, 23 and 29 August 2013:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

All Christians and men of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of
the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve
prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom.
And I link this to life imprisonment. A short time ago the life sentence was taken out of the
Vatican’s Criminal Code. A life sentence is just a death penalty in disguise . . . These abuses
can only be stopped with the firm commitment of the international community to recognize the
primacy of the pro homine principle, meaning the dignity of the human person above every
thing else. (Address to the delegates of the International Association of Penal Law, October 23, 2014: )

God manifests himself in historical revelation, in history. Time initiates processes, and space
crystallizes them. God is in history, in the processes. We must not focus on occupying the
spaces where power is exercised, but rather on starting long-run historical processes. We
must initiate processes rather than occupy spaces. God manifests himself in time and is
present in the processes of history. This gives priority to actions that give birth to new
historical dynamics. And it requires patience, waiting. (Interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J. editor of Civiltà Cattolica on the 19, 23 and 29 August 2013:
20130921_intervista-spadaro.html )

A constant tension exists between fullness and limitation. Fullness evokes the desire for
complete possession, while limitation is a wall set before us. Broadly speaking, “time” has to
do with fullness as an expression of the horizon which constantly opens before us, while each
individual moment has to do with limitation as an expression of enclosure. People live poised
between each individual moment and the greater, brighter horizon of the utopian future as the
final cause which draws us to itself. Here we see a first principle for progress in building a
people: time is greater than space. (Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, November 24, 2013, § 222 : )

I also had a teacher for whom I had a lot of respect and developed a friendship and who was
a fervent communist. She often read Communist Party texts to me and gave them to me to
read. So I also got to know that very materialistic conception . . . Her materialism had no
hold over me. But learning about it through a courageous and honest person was helpful. I
realized a few things, an aspect of the social, which I then found in the social doctrine of the
Church. (Interview with Eugenio Scalfari on September 24, 2013 and published on October 1st in La Repubblica:
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The path chosen by the Council of Europe is above all that of promoting human rights,
together with the growth of democracy and the rule of law. This is a particularly valuable
undertaking, with significant ethical and social implications, since the development of our
societies and their peaceful future coexistence depends on a correct understanding of these
terms and constant reflection on them. This reflection is one of the great contributions which
Europe has offered, and continues to offer, to the entire world. In your presence today, then, I
feel obliged to stress the importance of Europe’s continuing responsibility to contribute to the
cultural development of humanity . (Address to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on November 25, 2014:
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There are times when the faithful, in listening to completely orthodox language, take away
something alien to the authentic Gospel of Jesus Christ, because that language is alien to
their own way of speaking to and understanding one another. With the holy intent of
communicating the truth about God and humanity, we sometimes give them a false god or a
human ideal which is not really Christian. In this way, we hold fast to a formulation while
failing to convey its substance. This is the greatest danger. (Apostolic exhortation Evangelii
Gaudium, November 24, 2013, § 222: )

If we believe in the principle of the unity of the human family, based on the common paternity
of God the Creator, and on the fraternity of human beings, no form of political or economic
pressure which exploits the availability of foodstuffs can be considered acceptable. Political
and economic pressure: here I am thinking about our sister and mother Earth, our planet, and
about whether we are free from political and economic pressure and able to protect her, to
prevent her from self-destruction . . . Protect our Sister Earth, our Mother Earth, so that she
does not react with destruction. But, above all, no system of discrimination, de facto or de
jure, linked to the ability to access the market of foodstuffs, must be taken as a model for
international actions that aim to eliminate hunger . . . I also pray that the international
community might hear the appeal of this Conference and consider it an expression of the
common conscience of humanity: to feed the hungry, in order to save life on the planet.
(Address to the FAO in Rome on November 20, 2014: )

We, Muslims and Christians, are the bearers of spiritual treasures of inestimable worth.
Among these we recognize some shared elements, though lived according to the traditions of
each, such as the adoration of the All-Merciful God, reference to the Patriarch Abraham,
prayer, almsgiving, fasting… elements which, when lived sincerely, can transform life and
provide a sure foundation for dignity and fraternity. Recognizing and developing our common
spiritual heritage – through interreligious dialogue – helps us to promote and to uphold
moral values, peace and freedom in society. (Address to the President of the Diyanet at the Department of Religious Affairs in Ankara on November 28, 2014:
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I went to Turkey as a pilgrim, not a tourist . . . when I entered the Mosque, I couldn't say:
now, I’m a tourist! No, it was completely religious. And I saw that wonder! The Mufti
explained things very well to me, with such meekness, and using the Quran, which speaks of
Mary and John the Baptist. He explained it all to me.... At that moment I felt the need to pray.
So I asked him: “Shall we pray a little?”. To which he responded: “Yes, yes”. I prayed for
Turkey, for peace, for the Mufti, for everyone and for myself, as I need it … I prayed,
sincerely.... Most of all, I prayed for peace, and I said: “Lord, let’s put an end to these
wars!”. Thus, it was a moment of sincere prayer. (Press conference on board the flight returning from Turkey on November 30, 2014:
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After extending his best wishes, the Pope asked a favor from the Ecumenical Patriarch rarely
seen. “I ask of you a favor: to bless me and the Church of Rome.” Pope Francis approached
Bartholomew I, who was visibly moved by the gesture. The Patriarch blessed the Pontiff,
kissed his forehead and embraced him. (Pope asks ecumenical patriarch for blessing at prayer service, November 29, 2014: )

I believe we are moving forward in our relations with the Orthodox; they have the sacraments
and apostolic succession ... we are moving forward. What are we waiting for? For
theologians to reach an agreement? That day will never come, I assure you, I'm skeptical.
Theologians work well but remember what Athenagoras said to Paul VI: “Let's put the
theologians on an island to discuss among themselves and we’ll just get on with things!”...
We mustn't wait. Unity is a journey we have to take, but we need to do it together. This is
spiritual ecumenism: praying together, working together. There are so many works of charity,
so much work ... Teaching together ... Moving forward together. This is spiritual
ecumenism ... I’ll say something that a few, perhaps, are not able to understand: the Eastern
Catholic Churches have a right to exist, but uniatism is a dated word. We cannot speak in
these terms today. We need to find another way. (Press conference on the flight returning from Turkey on November 30, 2014:

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Presented by Malachy Mary Igwilo, within the Holy Octave of the Sacred heart of Jesus, on the feast of Sts. Primus and Felician 9th June 2016

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