March 18th, 2013
10:39 AM ET

Pope Francis energizes world's Catholics

(CNN)–CNN's Ben Wedeman looks at how the personable character of Pope Francis is energizing Catholics around the world.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Pope Francis • Vatican

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  1. Quest ion

    Is he the new Energizer bunny?
    Were catholics, papists, romanists out of zest?
    Does that means they don't drink the "holy water"?
    Would not the "holy water" be a better alternative?

    March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  2. Recliner

    Wow! I guess they’ve finally got us! The fact that God does not make missing limbs grow back must absolutely prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that God does not exist! I guess its time to close down our churches, hospitals, clinics, homeless shelters, pregnancy centers, schools, charities, youth programs, drug rehabilitation programs, orphanages, and mission agencies!

    March 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
    • Thoth

      Lack of regneration doesn't disprove 'god' and I'm not aware of any reasonable atheists making such claims. Most atheists simply reject claims made by men about the existance of 'gods'. As for charity – there are many atheist humanists that donate to, volunteer at, and aid charitable causes. Why do you hang your willingness to help others on the existance of a god? Would you turn your back on those in need if you knew there was no god? Seems shallow.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Recliner. People can do good deeds; they don't a church or religion to guide them. If you have any proof of your god's omnipotence and omniscience, provide it. While you claim those attributes for it and it doesn't use them to prevent human suffering nor to fix human suffering, then those claims are worthless.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Akira

      Are you going to post everythibng you had justed posted on the mini-series blog, Recliner? Don't.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • But your god absolutely promises to answer prayer

      Recliner "Wow! I guess they’ve finally got us! The fact that God does not make missing limbs grow back must absolutely prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that God does not exist!"....

      The problem is that your god absolutely guaranties to grant the prayers of the faithful. So when we find a prayer that is never answered, no matter how faithful the amputee, no matter how hard he prays or how many other people pray for him, it demonstrates that your god is either impotent, a liar or imaginary....

      In Matthew 17:20 Jesus reiterates that same message:
      For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you."
      Jesus says something similar in Matthew 21:21:
      I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

      March 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • end demonic possession of god hating dopes

      But your god absolutely promises to answer prayer


      "no" is what, a prepositional phrase?

      March 23, 2013 at 1:52 am |
  3. Freeforall

    @Truth Prevails. I wouldn't know. My child was raised on the bible, and so I never had any problems with her disobeying. I began studying the bible with my daughter as soon as i knew she had been concieved.
    And so it was with ancient Israel...though old laws required disobedient children to be executed, not one ever was. Disobeying their parents was just something children never thought of when God's laws ruled.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • The real Tom


      March 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Leah

      Are you still in touch with her? I'll bet she ran so far away from you and never talks to you. I'll bet you were the most overbearing father ever.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Thoth

      Bwaahaaaahaaaahaaaa, thx for the laugh!

      March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Akira

      What a load of happy horseshit.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  4. Be Heeled bye the Bible!!!


    March 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Quest ion

      How do you post Videos?

      Who can post Videos?

      How to post Videos?

      Can I post Videos?

      Who knows?

      March 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
    • meifumado


      March 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  5. Freeforall

    You only WANT to be free of what the bible says. You WANT to be free to enjoy violence and debraved se x. You WISH there was no bible commands against what you enjoy, and is why you diss the bible.
    If the bible commanded you to be as promiscuous as you want, drunk when ya want, and free to do drugs and to be overly obese, you would convert.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • The real Tom


      March 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • sam stone

      I am not beholding to the supposed eithics of iron age sheep molesters

      March 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • The real Tom

      If the only thing that keeps you from drinking too much, overeating, and engaging in the use of illegal drugs is some book, you have more problems than I do.

      By the way, what is "debraved s@x"?

      March 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Akira

      .....And the 10th name change. Troll. Jeez, Answerman, give it a rest. You're just showing what an absolute psychotic break looks like.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Thoth

      In the bible god rewards Abraham for decieving several Pharaohs. Your god rewards liars.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • end demonic possession of god hating dopes

      wheh! that's a relief

      "sam stone
      I am not beholding to the supposed eithics of iron age sheep molesters"

      just keep beholding your reflection in the mirror sambo.

      March 23, 2013 at 1:55 am |
    • end demonic possession of god hating dopes

      The real Troll Tom

      March 23, 2013 at 1:56 am |
  6. Caption for photo.

    Franky whispers...
    My you have a little head, I like a little head from time to time.

    March 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
  7. Overeater

    Your rants embolden me to eat even more?

    March 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  8. State laws

    You don'rt even KNOW if George Washington was the first president of our new country or not, it's just something you believe and take on blind faith.
    Whereas if you investigated for yourself, you would find that Washington was the 6th president, with the first being a black man named John Hansen.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Um, no, it isn't.

      You're a chucklehead. Your posts are evidence.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Thoth

      Washington was the first President under the current const.itution. Prior to that, under the Articles of Confederation there were Presidents of the US under Congress As sembled – but they were elected by congress, not 'the people'. And there were 14, actually, not 6, beginning with Peyton Randolph. John Hanson was 8th (under the AofC)....He was not 'black', or 'african american'......

      March 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • meifumado

      I think you took one to many to the head, you should see someone about this.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  9. State laws

    The diffference between State laws that you obey and laws recorded in the bible that you ignore is found in the wisdom of those words.
    State laws allow for overeating, overdrinking, over se xing, and over medicating/drugging where these are things banned in the bible.
    It is not wise to overeat, for example.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Akira

      9th. You're on a roll.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • Damocles

      So if I break the law and don't overeat, do I have to pay a fine? Do the Bacon Police burst into my home and force me to eat delicious dead pig until I'm properly bloated?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • The real Tom

      How about overposting bullish!t?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • Thoth

      Overeating isn't wise – true – but one need not look to a bible to acquire this wisdom; one can simply look at evidence, here, on earth.

      You know the bible also has many 'laws' that are s e.xist, bigoted, immoral, inhumane and unethical too.... have you read your bible? or just the versus that agree with your world view?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      The bible tells you to stone disobedient children...do you do this? Or do you only pick and choose what laws of the bible you follow?

      March 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Gee, I wonder what Gopher has to say about that one?

      March 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Damocles

      I'm sure stoning children is fine as long as it's a deity doing it, or someone who says they are doing it for a deity is doing it.

      March 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  10. Brave Sodomite

    Your posts make me want even more poo poo on my pee pee?

    March 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Akira

      8th name change. Pathetic.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Emboldened Fat Bassterd

    I'm gonna get even MORE obese now cuzz of what was posted. LMAO 🙂

    March 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Akira

      .....And yet another name.
      And it's "bastard.
      This is your 7th name. You shouldn't be considered a troll...why?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  12. Answer

    Hey everybody could you help me out... honestly.

    ==== Samples.
    "God's strength is perfected in our weakness."

    "God's ways are not our ways."

    Help me compile those lovely saying by those christians. The ones that have been derived through their fabulous coloring books. I want to make a list.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Damocles

      'If you won't believe, you won't see your child in heaven.'

      March 18, 2013 at 1:42 pm |
    • Damocles

      'Murder is not murder if done by a deity, it's justice.'

      March 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Akira

      Damocles: yep. The murdering God is dispensing justice. Therefore, it's justified. Good one.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  13. O' America

    For a certainty, if you DON'T pray for guidance from the bible, you will continue to become even MORE obese...MORE debauched...MORE drugged just as you have been in ignorance of your bibles.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Answer

      Go through the entire history of names and you'll still be the same d-o-u-c-h-e bag christian.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      You must know that is not correct. Those issues affect believers and non-believers.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Akira

      Vanity writing at its worst.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • sam stone

      Ironically, the most obese states in the nation are the most religious

      March 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • Doris

      What is all this screaming about obesity? It is a shame what happened to Sally Struthers, but you are way out of line.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Hubert

      What do you get out of posting these rants? You won't change anyone's mind, in fact inflammatory post like this will only embolden those who disagree with you. So what can your purposes be?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • Akira

      Maybe he ate a possum.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Thoth

      LOL.....I've trained in martial arts for over 30 years, and slung weights for nearly as long. I'm in my 40's and in better shape then many half my age. I'm also an atheist. There goes your blanket claim. Just curious, have you ever observed the folks piling out of church on Sunday? Seems many must ignore their bibles too....

      March 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Joey Navis

      sam stone,,,, did u serve in the conflict overseas??? how's the monkey??

      March 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • sam stone

      joey: it provided me with an illegal smile

      March 19, 2013 at 7:38 am |
  14. SAAB

    ....including my dog, thanks Pope, my dog loves you.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  15. O' America

    If only you would have listened to what bible writers said RATHER than listening to your own chosen leaders, you would not be so fat, violent, plagued with STDs, and so whacked-out on meds...so very warmongery you would not be if only you would have listened to your bible.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • midwest rail


      March 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Answer

      Oh look. A name change.

      Good ole dependable christian tactics.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Akira

      Yep. Yet another name change; same old opinion. Bullshit is bullshit, no matter what name it's packaged under. Yawn.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Answer

    Religious people are such tards.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  17. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    Some believe the Pope is the Anti-Christ.

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill were not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well.

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of Lutheran CMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  18. Reality

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    (And only for the new members of this blog.)

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    March 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  19. Evidence

    Your laws written by State legislatures allow for overeating and you, America, are obese.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Answer

      It's clear.. your god wants you to die. So go on and die.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Hubert

      This obsession with body image reveals a deep insecurity about your own body. Tell me what do you weigh pumpkin?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Akira

      And you, Evidence, have no cridibility. No facts, just opinion. Whoopee.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Akira

      He also has an obsession with gay coitus and fornication. Wonder why?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Some actual evidence (at least sensible and trustworthy):

      "There is no single, simple answer to explain the obesity patterns" in America, says Walter Willett, who chairs the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Part of this is due to lower incomes and education, which result in purchases of cheap foods that are high in refined starch and sugar. More deeply, this also reflects lower public investment in education, public transportation, and recreational facilities," he says. The bottom line: cheap, unhealthy foods mixed with a sedentary lifestyle has made obesity the new normal in America. And that makes it even harder to change, Willett says.

      Nowhere in the article is belief/disbelief brought up. The article does say "America's so-called "red" states tend to have higher rates of obesity"...those would be Republican states and thus largely believers.

      March 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  20. Science is Fun

    Mars Evolution: Could Life Have Appeared On Red Planet Before Earth?


    March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • redundant d-bag

      you arready posted this. what is your point, that you are a redundant dooshbag?

      March 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
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