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Never use faith as a barrier, Pope tells congregation

May 22, 2013

In his homily at a daily Mass on Wednesday, May 22, Pope Francis warned against the impulse to exclude others, citing the words of Jesus that “he that is not against us is for us.” (Mk 9:40)

Commenting on that reading from the day’s Mass, the Holy Father said that the disciples had felt only they could do good deeds. “Jesus broadened their horizons,” he said, when he told them not to stop anyone from performing good deeds.

The Pope warned against any inclination to use religion as a barrier to exclude others. Taken to the extreme, he said, that attitude has sometimes prompted people to say that they can do violence to others in God’s name. “Saying that one can kill in God’s name is blasphemy,” he said.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 22, 2013 7:53 PM ET USA

    And the pope is absolutely right. What does this say about the supposed holy book of Islam? Anyone who has taken time to read the Koran knows that, by the criterion the pope mentions here, it is filled with blasphemy.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 22, 2013 7:27 PM ET USA

    It is amazing how many homilies and exhortations this new Pope has shared with the Church.