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March 27th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

The pope, political prisoners and Cuba

(CNN)–Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba following the Vatican-brokered release of political prisoners. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba • Politics • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things
    Proven

    March 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Jesus

      No, it's not. Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.! .

      March 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  2. The Truth

    For many years the Catholic Organization has met with the Cuban government to no avail. The past history of this government shows that they care nothing for their people. They have taken away their properties and have killed innocent people due to their political beliefs. Many have found themselves with nothing after losing their lively hood. The governments have proven to live the words in Ecclesiastes 8:9 that say that there will come a “time that man has dominated man to his injury.” The prophet Jeremiah also said: “I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step” (Jeremiah 10:23). Instead of the Catholic Church teaching their parishioners to confide in Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ, they rely and repose in the governments instead of God’s kingdom, which by the way Christ taught us to rely on by praying for it to rein over the earth. (Matthew 6:9, 10) If we wish for a better system then we need to seek for the kingdom of God by following Bible principles and be on the watch from false prophets. (Matthew 7:15) Please read your Bible daily.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    March 29, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • Jesus

      Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!

      March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am |
  4. TR6

    The BULLIT PROOF pope-mobile is irrefutable proof that the pope doesn’t believe there actually is a god, doesn’t actually believe prayer changes things and that he isn’t actually god’s chosen representative on earth.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • What?

      Do you know how many people want to kill the Pope because he is the beacon of Catholic Christianity? The popemobile is not proof that the Pope doesn't believe in God, it's just a matter of protection for himself. It is because of all the sinful people in the world that wish to kill that the Pope cannot greet the Lord's people without the popemobile.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  5. Payers are a waste of time

    Prayers are a waste of time – Proven truth!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • M.F. Luder

      Evidently

      March 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  6. Payers change things

    Payers change things. Prayer does nothing other than waste time.
    Proven.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~~Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...
      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!*.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  7. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    March 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Jesus

      ~Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!*

      March 28, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  8. PaleRider

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    S e r b i a – C r o a t i a , . .T u r n k e y . .a n d . .G r e e c e . . . . . .M e d i a . .a n d . .p o l i t i c a l . .o p p o s i t i o n . .h a v e . .b e e n . .m u r d e r e d . .o u t r i g h t . .f r o m . .V e n e z u e l a , . .t o . .t h e . .P h i l l i p i n e s , . .t o . .A r g e n t i n a . .a n d . .B r a z i l . . . .a n d . .a l l . .o v e r . .A f r i c a . . . .T h e . .c h i l d i s h . .p e o p l e . .w h o . .p o s t . .a . .c o m m e n t . .o n . .t h i s . .b l o g . .a n d . .t h i n k . .i t . .c a n n o t . .h a p p e n . .t o . .t h e m . .( o r . .t h a t . .i t . .d o e s . .n o t . .a f f e c t . .t h e m ) . .a r e . .e v i d e n c e . .o f . .h o w . .o u t – o f – t o u c h . .t h e . .U S . .p o p u l a t i o n . .h a s . .b e c o m e T h e y . .t h i n k . .t h e y . .a r e . .i n s u l a t e d . .( b y . .w h o m ) . .f r o m . .a n y . .k i n d . .o f . .h a r d s h i p . . . .T h e y . .t h i n k . .t h e y . .a r e . .s p e c i a l . .b o r n . . . .T h e y . .t h i n k . .t h e y . .w i l l . .a l w a y s . .h a v e . .r i g h t s . .a n d . .r e s o u r c e s . . . .B u t . .n o t h i n g . .c o u l d . .b e . .m o r e . .w r o n g . .t h a n . .t o . .b e . .s o . .n a i i v e

    March 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  9. just sayin

    My life is all about cats. Cats cats cats. Jesus was a cat but he had fleas so I ate him.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  10. just sayin

    Cats are prisoners too.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • just sayin

      you are starting to look really desperate

      March 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • just sayin

      If you get desperate, there's the cats. Cats cats cats. Cats are bigger than Jesus.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  11. just sayin

    I have cats all over me.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • just sayin

      you are starting to look desperate

      March 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Those are not cats, just lyin. Cats have fur on their tails.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Pray more. Maybe they will all go away.

      March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • AGuest9

      But, I doubt it. 🙂

      March 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Bob

      Thing 1and Thing 2 ?

      March 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • sixpointnineme

      I have to strongly differ with that statement. The pursuit of knowledge and rejection of dogma is very healthy for children and other living things ( I suppose you refer to adults as other living things, as other members of the animal kingdom cannot have faith or lack of it).

      March 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Jesus

      Lying is a sin, you've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      If you don't stop harassing me with facts and reality, I am going to call 811!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • just sayin

      How cute you really are that desperate to be me

      March 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • just sayin

      How cute! Two people who want to be me, even one who says cute like me. It's all about me.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • just sayin

      For you it is all about you for me it is all about Christ

      March 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  13. AGuest9

    This is the first image I've seen of him that he doesn't appear to be possessed. The Vatican Photoshop tech did a great job!

    March 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • hippypoet

      its only because he is not facing the camera this time! most likely due to a request from the camera guy!!!!!

      March 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  14. Urafkntool

    Not really. I'm not a religious person, but so far as I know he hasn't done anything to deserve the sorts of pain and degradation that cuban imprisonment entails.

    Unless, of course, he molested a child. In which case lock'em up Cuba.

    March 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Bob

      tool

      I guess you didn't know that he's an albino negro.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      He was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. If you check out what the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is, you will find that it was resopnsible for the handling of any abuse cases. Ratzinger was the head of it during some of the worst years of denial and cover-up and transferring priests to avoid problems and prosecution.

      Now consider that the response to allegations of abuse were the same everywhere in the world – transfer the offending priest to another place, but do not take him out of circulation, deny the allegations, stonewall any attempts at revealing the truth. Same strategy everywhere in the world – that is an organized response, and it had to come from the top down.

      This Pope has guilt all over him. But the Vatican is denying, and stonewalling attempts to get the records on his behavior in the matter. What a surprise.

      Oh, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the new name of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition. Yes, the Inquisition. Same department, same responsibilities, new name. The Vatican never did away with the Inquisition. Pope Benedict XVI was the Grand Inquisitor under a new name.

      I bet you didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      @Bob: Actually, he's German, from when people had sense before n-e-g-r-o-s were permitted in any white country (other than the US, of course.)

      @Diarrhea: Interesting. I didn't know that. A'ight, lock'em up.

      Nobody expects... THE SPANISH INQ-UI-SI-TIO-N!

      March 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • SPA Knight

      Incontinentia Buttocks – You are misinformed about the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which was led by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict 16). This position in the vatican is not to oversee the handling of abuse cases at all but to maintain and defend the integrity of the faith and to examine and proscribe errors and false doctrines. Because of his tremendous intellect, Ratzinger was asked to oversee this ministry to make sure the faith teachings were not being compromised from within by liberal elements. There's more to understanding the church than looking things up on the internet and then spreading misinformation.

      March 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      Anyone who doubts that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is indeed the Vatican department that always was in charge of discipline issues with priests is free to research the matter themselves. You will find that SPA Knight is totally lying.

      March 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Urafkntool

      @Diarrhea: You are correct. A quick google search did pull up that information. They are responsible for anything having to do with violations of their faith and doctrine.

      March 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  15. hippypoet

    wouldn't it be great fun if the pope was held as a political prisoner in Cuba?
    i think so!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:18 am |
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