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Pope Francis: salvation only in Jesus, not in fortune tellers, tarot cards

Catholic World News - April 08, 2013

In his weekday Mass homily on April 5, Pope Francis spoke of devotion to the name of Jesus and emphasized that salvation is found only in him.

According to a L’Osservatore Romano summary of the Pope’s homily:

At times, “whenever there are problems,” he noted, “people do not commend themselves to Jesus, but to others,” even turning to self-styled “magicians” [rendered “fortune tellers” by Vatican Radio], “that they may resolve matters”; or people “go to consult tarot cards,” to find out and understand what they should do. Yet it is not by resorting to magicians or to tarot that salvation is found: it is “in the name of Jesus. And we should bear witness to this! He is the one Savior.”

During the Mass, attended by pontifical chair-bearers and workers at the Vatican pharmacy, Pope Francis recalled a Buenos Aires archdiocesan employee’s devotion to the name of Jesus and added, “Our Lady always takes us to Jesus. Call upon Our Lady, and she will do what she did at Cana: ‘Do whatever he tells you!’ … She was the first person to act in the name of Jesus … I entrust myself to the name of Jesus; I pray, ‘Jesus, Jesus!’”

The homily strengthened the line of continuity between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict; the latter was criticized for affirming, in Dominus Iesus, that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 10, 2013 7:21 AM ET USA

    I am happy to see Pope Francis demolishing with his words and actions the popular-media-inspired notion that his was a pontificate somehow opposed to the style and content of Benedict's. Once we talked about the "Dynamic Duo" of JPII and Benedict; perhaps we will soon change that to the "Tremendous Trio" of JPII, Benedict, and Francis.

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