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Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome
February 15th, 2013
03:04 AM ET

Pope Benedict addresses priests of Rome

By Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI addressed parish priests from the city of Rome on Thursday, in what is likely to be one of his final public appearances before his resignation from the papacy at the end of the month.

The meeting with the parish priests focused on Benedict's experiences from the Second Vatican Council, in the 1960s, which examined the Roman Catholic Church's relationship with the world.

Benedict, who was greeted by lengthy applause, said it was a "special moment" to sit before the clergy of Rome before his departure.

Benedict, 85, celebrated his last public papal Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of Lent.

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- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 19, 2013 at 6:54 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. 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.

      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!~.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • NGB4M

      Pretending the world is other than what it is is not healthy. People throughout history have prayed to various gods for all manner of favors and all with the same effect. Zilch. The world works the same where ever you go. Believing otherwise is just arrogance. When it comes to children, honesty is the best policy.

      February 20, 2013 at 4:05 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 18, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • Science

      The END IS NEAR and HERE !!! Facts work Best for children.

      A War Without End, With Earth's Carbon Cycle Held in the Balance

      Feb. 13, 2013 — The greatest battle in Earth's history has been going on for hundreds of millions of years – it isn't over yet – and until now no one knew it existed, scientists reported Feb. 13 in the journal Nature.

      Peace
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130213132323.htm

      February 18, 2013 at 7:48 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. 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.

      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!~

      February 18, 2013 at 8:33 am |
    • Saraswati

      Jesus, the definition of liar almost always includes the *intentional* telling of falsehoods. Unless you really think this person is intentionally telling a falsehood you are inaccurate. If they are doing it unintentionally, then by your own definition you are now "lying". Either way, shouting "LIAR" at people in capital letters just makes you look like as much of a nut as the OP, and frankly angry and irrational enough to be scary.

      February 18, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • Really?

      "Unless you really think this person is intentionally telling a falsehood you are inaccurate."

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"
      This is inaccurate wouldn't you agree? Especially when the data shows that atheists tend to have happier and healthier marriages than conservative Christians.

      February 18, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  3. Berks

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    February 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
  4. Simon says

    Simon says: All you Catholic haters can kiss @&%

    February 17, 2013 at 9:40 am |
  5. motive

    read the docu-ments here, crimes agaiunst humanity by the catholic church http://ccrjustice. org/iccvaticanprosecution

    February 16, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • ..

      Neither this link or the one below work.

      February 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • OTOH

      ..

      You probably have to remove the space - or just copy the links and put them into Google.

      February 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
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