By Hada Messia and Josh Levs, CNN
(CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI led tens of thousands in a prayer for strength Sunday and thanked followers for their support during his second-to-last Angelus prayer as pontiff.
"Today we contemplate Christ in the desert, fasting, praying, and being tempted," the pope said to an unusually large crowd at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
"As we begin our Lenten journey, we join him and we ask him to give us strength to fight our weaknesses. Let me also thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me in these days. May God bless all of you!"
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Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).
Prayer is just a time-sucker-upper.
Prayer changes things..
"Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things" is unfounded.
"Prayer changes things" is unfounded.
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!`
atheist is a liar
"atheist is a liar"
more lies from the xtians – 207!
"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.
the atheist is a liar
Ratzenhitler finished his speech by saying..."Go forth and bugger thy children".
" Fools Awake!
O fools, awake! The rites ye sacred hold
Are but a cheat contrived by men of old
Who lusted after wealth and gained their lust
And died in baseness-and their law is dust."
The pope is pooped. And tired of wearing that rediculous hat. And he was afraid that the Paterno report would reveal his involvement in the Penn State scandal. The pope told Joe, "Be a good catholic Joe and look the other way."
*ridiculous, not rediculous
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