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April 24th, 2011
07:48 PM ET

Pope calls for peace around the world in Easter message

(CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI called for peace amid ongoing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East and mentioned the plight of those in Japan during his annual Easter message Sunday.

The pope singled out Libya, saying, "may diplomacy and dialogue take the place of arms and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid."

Read the full story about the pope's Easter message

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Catholic Church • Easter • Holidays • Japan • Libya • Middle East • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. プラダ アウトレット

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    July 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
  2. Bruna

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    August 1, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  3. Jason the Pendleton Rat

    I often wonder why these guys in their stunning get-ups aren't embarrased to be seen as kingly sorts of aristocrats, sitting upon their thrones. Don't they preach that their leader was the "suffering servant", who never in a million years would imagine sitting in splendor like this, in a royal palace ? How does this have anything to do with him ? If this guy is his "vicar on earth" how is this even remotely appropriate, or symbolic ? If they dumped all the fabulous art on the market all at once, it would depress prices, so that's not practical, even though it would bring in billions. Maybe they could rent the main hall out for weddings, (maybe they do ?)
    It's shockingly scandalous.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Jason the Pendleton Rat,
      It is good that you have an idea as to what ‘vicar’ means. Then it should not be hard to understand that we feel that Jesus Christ, though humble as He was, is our KING! Yes, we believe He is King of All. Every King should have a castle and Jesus Christ especially should have the grandest castle of all! All the gold and glorious trimmings of art and pomp are for His glory not ours. Though Jesus is High Priest and Most Suffering Servant of all His people we understand this fully but wish to bestow the grandest of all we have to glorify Him.

      All priests are considered Servants of Jesus Christ's people, too, and none have earthly possessions but bare necessities, which includes the Pope…the Pope and Priests live in homes that they do not own…the Pope in a small unadorned apartment. So you see,.... all that you see…all the beauty of the Vatican and many Catholic Churches belongs to God and is made so with Him in mind.

      April 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Snaglepuss

      Yup Jason, it IS interesting. It's called Triumphalism. I think it stems from the many centuries when their main focus was on retaining and obtaining political power. The Papal States existed for at least 1200 years. Also something he could never have imagined.

      @CatholicMom,
      "small unadorned"? LOL
      Ya mean except for those Raphael frescoes and marble floors ? HaHaHa. Obviously you've never been there.
      Is THAT why they're called the Papal Apartments in the Vatical Palace.
      THAT is a good one. The king and the castle thing. I've never heard that one before. Did the Bible know about "castles" ?
      Weren't they Midieval developments ?

      April 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Snaglepuss,

      Not every word is found in the Bible, right?
      We each have our own home [whether it be a mansion on a hill or a cardboard box] and each is king of his own castle…haven’t you heard?

      April 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Ed

      @Snaglepus I have not been there but have have seen photos of the Paple apartmante its realtivly small aboutt 800 sq feet with a bedroom and bath room and dinning area and small galley style kitchen and a small livinh=g room with to chairs currnelty gree and tv and ottoman. And when he dies the next pope gets to re decorate. Hardly an opulent palace.

      April 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  4. Lycidas

    Sometimes I wish the Pope would just say to forget about the Peace. Obviously those in power do not want it and do not deserve it. Pray for the people, that they may know peace and do what they must to keep it once it's obtained.

    April 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  5. Da Legal Eagle, and the Talking Beagle.

    Not surprising. 50% of Americans cannot answer the question : "Around which celestial object does the earth revolve?".

    April 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  6. Inspector Clouseau

    I watched the TV coverage of this gent from Ger-many/Rome the other day. It was fascinating. My an-thrp-olo-gist friend was there with me. The guys in the red dresses and the pointy hats and beanies looked like "birds on a wire", all in a nice row, bobbing their heads, all better than the ladies.
    The interesting thing was he was praying that the human sacrifice he was doing would be "acceptable". Sounded like he doubted that it would be.Did he think it wasn't ? On top of that they do this over and over each day. I thought that "once was enough ? Do they think it didn't "take" ? (Maybe it will, one of these days.) Then they ate some of it ! I asked my friend if that meant, if what they said about the magic words, meant they were cannibals ? He wasn't really sure.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Finger Puppet

      According to the Pew Research Center, who look at many topics on American at-t-itudes on these subjects, 50% of American Catholics are unable to (re)state what "transubstantion" is defined to be, by their own "Magisterium". Don't a-s-s-ume they they really "believe" anything coherent or uniform about the nature or substance of this ritual.
      (To be fair, 50% of Lutherans can't state who Martin Luther was.) There is a lot more to that survey. Check it out.
      (pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-Practices/U-S-Religious-Knowledge-Survey.aspx) You can take the quiz.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Finger Puppet

      Sorry, I misspelled "transubstantiation".

      April 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Buckminster Fullerene

      @Finger Puppet,
      Not to knit pick, but just as a far far greater percentage of Europeans think the Theory of Evolution is correct, than Americans, (due to educational standards ?), you cannot project these survey results across geographic boundaries.
      What Italians believe about a certain subject cannot be projected onto North American groups.

      April 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Inspector Clouseau,

      And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. Luke 22:19
      When we see that Jesus said, ‘Do this….’ We obey and do as He commanded that we should do. And why are we to do this? To commemorate Him.
      So also, ‘In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. 1 Corinthians 11:25

      It is here in these verses that we see the Holy Eucharist inst!tuted by Jesus, which is the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ which we call Transubstantiation.

      April 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Inspector Clouseau

      @CatholicMom,
      Congratulations CM, you are in the 1/2 of your group that knows what they mean by that word. Actually THAT concept was developed later in the process of producing their cu-lt. Jesus "took bread" as part of his Jewish Passover ritual, and may have told them to remember him, but the whole "real substance under the accidents of" thing" was a Thomistic concept. He lived 1000 years later. Isn't his castle in he-aven good enough ?
      "All priests ... and none have earthly possessions but bare necessities" Um, sorry to burst your bubble. My parents and I had a priest friend, a wonderful PHD musician, who had many many millions of dollars, given to him by his mother and father, as well as stock in the family business, which he left to his nephew a priest, including his upscale condo in which he lived with his art and his Steinway and books etc. I know also of other wealthy priests, who have spent all of their summer vactions on the French and Italian Riviera, each year. Weren't the Borgias, the multimillionaire Italians, popes and Cardinals from Florence.

      I have to wonder if you REALLY are a Catholic. You seem to know so little about the actual reality of things.

      April 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Ed

      @Inspector it seems your saying your priest friend (a term you may want to reconsider in light of your post) is a bad priest becasue his rich parents left him lots of money when they dies and he left it to his nephew in turn who was also a priest. I suppose you think he should have given it all away and perhaps that would have been better. but it was his familys money and he was not required to get rid of it. Will you give away all your parents leave you. Of course not and of course you are not a priest but his parent wanted him to have it and he honored that it hardly makes him bad priest. I fund it hard to believe you have many priest friends in light of your obvious disdain for all things catholic and christian. In either case it is not the act of a friend to use you friends good fortunate as proof priest are bad.

      April 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Inspector Clouseau,

      I have never known a priest who lived a life of luxury but if there are any who received millions from their families it does not make them bad priests, as Ed reminds you. I do know that wealthy families love to provide for their sons when they become priests...making sure the priest has a decent car to travel to their mission Churches, and for trips home to visit Mom and Dad.

      Our priest has a meager salary and yet he is able to help poor children with their education. Many priests give to beggars at their doors and do as much as they can to relieve the sufferings of people.

      It would be wonderful to know that priests can take vacations and visit places they would like to see; some people enjoy traveling and are refreshed after a vacation; priests are people, too, you know!

      April 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • Inspector Clouseau

      @Ed, and @CatholicMom,
      OMG. Take a chill pill already ! All your assumptions are totally WRONG !
      Did I not say he was a WONDERFUL priest ? Well, actually he was a "Monseignor" (sp?), when he died. He had every right to every cent they gave him. I was reacting to the apparent lack of distinction by CM that priests who are members of religios congregations have, in many cases taken vows of poverty, while diocician priests do not. Read my post again, both of you. Why so defensive ? I NEVER said ANYTHING negative about him. He was a fabulous human being, and had a great deal to do with setting me on my path in life, and teaching me to think for myself. Saying any more than that will get people who are still alive in trouble, but he introduced me to his friends who reached into the absolute highest levels of CM's religion. It was one of the things that taught me that even famous cardinals were just (even if fat and pleasant), human beings like everybody else. We aften dined with them when we traveled in Europe together.
      Ed, are you feeling alright ? "proof that he was a bad priest".... you must be smoking something. I didn't say that, and that's not proof of anything. Trying to respond to your lame, "off the rails", convoluted reasoning is like trying to talk to a 6 month old. Why bother. Oh BTW, you are TOTALLY wrong about the PAPAL, (get it, you misspelled it, AGAIN), apartments. They consist of 19 rooms, the first few are called the Stanze Rafaello. They are gorgeous. Marble, columns, and many interesting valuable art works and artifacts and antiques. 800 square feet ? Ah, no. You can go there to check. You could also go on Wikipedia or the Vatican web site to verify your information, before you post bold face lies.

      April 26, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Inspector Clouseau,

      Very well! So I jumped to an as-sumption that you were on the fence about Catholicism-not singing sweetly like a little bird but more like a vulture hoping to have some real meat to devour and I accepted your hunger as a chance to calm your heart so that you need not paint a picture of doubt about the beauty of Catholicism.

      As you well know there are plenty of people filled with doubt about their faith…and when they display it as a joke or are disrespectful…it only leads another to suspect that either they have been hurt along the way and/or out of pride have lost their way… In any case it is a sad thing to see.

      April 26, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  7. Reality

    Time for B16 to update Catholicism:

    To assist him, a summary:

    Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or was a victime of “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.
    earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

    For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

    April 25, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • BG

      "... the "filicider"

      the.. what? Filicider? The cat-killer? Reality, are you making up words again or did you lose the link to you online dictionary..?

      April 25, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • BG

      ...oh, f i licider, not felicider. Got it. Sorry. Thought I had to hide tabby before I said grace...

      April 25, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Floyd

      @Reality- Gee, it’s just like you were there! Wow! You have enlightened the world with your wisdom.
      Got news for ya, you and your ‘contemporary NT scholars’ were not there either and are basing their writings purely on guesswork, and their own belief/non-belief. Talk about gullible people. Keep buying their books, and pay for their lectures.
      Filicide – boy, did you come up with a dandy!
      The article is one of a call for peace and diplomacy, but all you can do is still throw hate around. You just proved once again that it is not religion that is the source of the world’s problems; it is people that hate that hijack religion. Nice goin’!

      April 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Ed

      Say it ain't so Floyd the great NT scholars don't know all, but their scholars doesn't that mean genius and prefect?

      April 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Ed

      and just trying to sell books not scholars only the religious can be greedy Reeality as nad that very clear over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over,....

      April 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  8. Anglican

    Happy Easter and Peace to all.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:06 am |
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