Pope Francis tells youth that faith cures discontent
Pope Francis speaks to the crowd from a balcony of the San Joaquin Episcopal Palace on July 26, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 25th, 2013
07:50 PM ET

Pope Francis tells youth that faith cures discontent

By Helena Cavendish de Moura, for CNN

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNN) - With a blasting medley of bossa nova music as a prelude, Pope Francis addressed about a million worshippers in Copacabana beach on Thursday, lacing his message to a new generation of Catholics with Brazilian street jargon.

"Bota Fe" - put on faith - was the antidote to what he called growing materialism and discontent, the pontiff said.

"What can we do? Bota Fe," he said. "If we want to have real meaning and fulfillment, as you want and you deserve ... put on faith."

The thread of the pontiff's speech resonated with Brazil's youth, many of whom are expressing disenchantment with their government.

Police are on high alert amid the potential for protests throughout the city. On Monday, protests turned violent in the neighborhood of Laranjeiras as students and other young demonstrators hurled insults at a police battalion.

Earlier Thursday, Francis walked the muddy streets of the Varginha slum where crowds rushed through the area's labyrinthine alleyways and streets to see him. The pontiff visited a resident in the neighborhood also known for its violent history of drug-related criminal activity.

'Slum pope' visits Brazil's poor

Francis also met with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, who handed the pontiff a key to the city. According to O Globo newspaper, the pope told the mayor he would make an appeal to Santa Clara for better weather.

"We have to offer 12 eggs to Santa Clara," the pontiff told Paes.

"Santa Clara will only start to work tomorrow," Paes said in jest.

Santa Clara, or Saint Claire, called the "princess of the poor" founded the Order of San Damiano. Her names means "clear" in Spanish so eggs, or egg whites, are sometimes used to remember her and to pray for good weather.

According to Brazil's Climatempo weather agency, unusually cold temperatures and rain will persist over the next 48 hours.

The rainy forecast forced officials to move the event's closing celebration from Guaratiba, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to Copacabana.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Brazil • Catholic Church • Mass • Pope Francis

soundoff (639 Responses)
  1. EX catholic

    What is this, the Roman Catholic Blog? Like who are the going to fool but themselves. IDOLATRY is not religion IDOLATRY is a SIN

    July 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • manangdi22

      What idolatry? Who's doing idolatry? Please do not twist words! Youths of today do not listen to anybody because they arroganty think that they know everything! This arrogance is what's keeping them open to faith that have been elusive to their restless minds! How can you explain really smart people killing themselves or others? Yes, indeed, Faith heals the discontent.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  2. Rocket surgeon

    So the Xanax isn't working, and the next best thing is religion. How nice.
    So now this guy in the white dress thinks he has to sell his snake-oil.
    Where do I go get me some of this there "faith" ?

    July 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      Close your eyes, click your heels together and repeat the following... "There's no place like Rome".

      July 28, 2013 at 3:12 am |
    • manangdi22

      It's true that Faith heals discontent. You just have to believe! I have been reading comments here and those who profess that they hate organized religion hates everything there is, there is bitterness and sadness and yes, discontent. There is discontent that they try to be smart and explain if there is God, they kept banging their heads, in the process of accepting that having faith that there is God there's discontent. Proving to people that having no religion is the right way to go, they become discontent. Faith is believing in something beyond you, if you are arrogant, you believe that your is the end of all!

      July 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • sxs

        When you are arrogant, you are telling others what to believe.

        July 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
        • Eric T

          Then why are you telling others what not to believe!

          October 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  3. Skorpio

    Islamic clerics tell youth that a powerful bomb cures discontent.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • skytag

      Actually, most don't. Please go peddle your religious bigotry somewhere else.

      July 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  4. Skorpio

    The ayatollahs, muftis, imams tell youth that any good and powerful BOMB cures discontent.

    July 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  5. FrankDB

    It is heartwarming to hear and see in action a Pope that gives priority to the poor and least among us. His call for Church to become poor should also include the become "egoless". If the church continues to have an egoic mind with regard to women priests, gays not treated to the marriage sacrament, allowing priests to marry...then it will suffer from those positions. If each of us is made in the image of God...and if Christ is neither male nor female according to St. Paul then why separate people? Roles are less importatnt than trating each person equally.So the Pope can continue all the good news about being poor and service to the poor but this should stem out of the knowing that we are all equal, and what I do to you I do to myself. The body of Christ should not be divided between male,female,gays, straight etc.

    July 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • tony

      heartwarming without actually doing anything

      July 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Rocket surgeon

      Is "egoic" actually a word ?

      July 27, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • skytag

      "It is heartwarming to hear and see in action a Pope that gives priority to the poor and least among us."

      Obviously he's not trying to the Republican vote.

      July 28, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    July 27, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • tony

      Yup. Replaces concrete, actual help and support with wishful thinking and nothing else.

      July 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      I've prayed to Jesus that you die, and yet you keep coming back. So much for the power of prayer. Maybe an animal sacrifice
      will do the trick. Got any pets?

      July 28, 2013 at 3:19 am |
    • Duke of Omnium

      More precisely, nothing fails quite like prayer.

      July 29, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  7. Theologian

    Dreams just don't come to fruition out of nothing, it has to start out in "faith".

    July 27, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • Damocles

      I know I just woke up and my brain might not be fully up to speed yet, but could you please explain what the hell you mean?

      July 27, 2013 at 8:16 am |
      • Theologian

        Every thinker ought to believe, every believer ought to think!

        July 27, 2013 at 8:26 am |
        • Damocles

          Ohhh... I see.... love to hate, hate to love... those that want peace should prepare for war.... a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.... if you've thought about it and still aren't a believer, you haven't thought hard enough about being a believer.... if you pray for something good to happen and nothing good happens, you weren't good enough for your prayer to be answered.....

          July 27, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • Rocket surgeon

      Faith has to be rooted in reason. Nothing about this cult is rooted in reason.
      Or is your god SO stupid she doesn't know when people "say" they believe, but really don't ?

      July 27, 2013 at 8:17 am |
    • Theologian

      There is no "faith" without a reason, there is no "reason" to be without faith!

      July 27, 2013 at 8:24 am |
      • Rocket surgeon

        Just because you have a psychological "need" doesn't mean you get to construct a monstrously huge system of nonsensical garbage, just to make you feel better, which "appear" to give you a reason to "be", because you are too chicken to face your mortality.

        July 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • skytag

      You sound like you work for a greeting card company.

      July 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      I agree with you as it relates to fulfilling a dream (a goal). E.g. learning how to play guitar well, owning ahome, etc... One has to have faith in themselves and others around them. Then it takes planning, hard work and disapline. But no gods are necessary.

      July 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      I have faith that my dream of a world free of religion will be achieved. Looks like you'll be out of a job... but I hear McDonalds is hiring. Good luck with that.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:23 am |
      • Zqndigra


        You will never live to see your dream come true. History is replete with malcontents and bigots , many were smarter than you, who had the exact same dream. These folks lived and died and no one even remembers them. Yet Christ and His bride, the church, are alive.

        July 28, 2013 at 9:08 am |
  8. Reality

    Dear Francis,

    Faith in a religion with significant flaws in its theology and history? Not anymore as atheism and agnosticism are the modern results of rational thinking.

    July 27, 2013 at 7:14 am |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 27, 2013 at 6:35 am |
  10. Rocket surgeon

    "Faith cures discontent' said the snake-oil salesman trying to sell his product. So it's value is in it's tranquilizer affect. Sounds like Utilitarianism. I thought St. Paul said faith was a gift of the spirit. Seems if the ghostly one didn't drop some on your head, you're out of luck. "No one shall come to me unless the Father draw hm". Did this guy go to seminary ?

    July 27, 2013 at 12:11 am |
    • skytag

      To be fair, faith can cure discontent. The problem is that it doesn't cure it by addressing the source of the discontentment, but by getting people to be more willing to deal with it. I'm sure faith lessened the discontentment of Jews in the concentration camps, but it didn't release any of them or save any of them from the gas chambers.

      July 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  11. Hey There

    It's "scepter", guys...

    July 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • Justine

      Doh! Thanks. Thought it looked incorrect, and spell check didn't catch it.

      July 27, 2013 at 12:20 am |
  12. Justine

    Show me one photo of Francis holding a golden septor. You can't. He doesn't. Admit you know nothing about this Pope, and move on.

    This one's different.

    July 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Justine, this pope might be a better person than prior popes but that is just window dressing unless the pope can lead the RCC to change some of their backward policies, especially ones that really hurt the poor like saying using artificial birth control is a sin.

      July 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • Justine

        Did you think he was going to change centuries of doctrine within a few short months? Want to give this guy a sporting chance?

        July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
      • JJ

        You mean to tell me that centuries of doctrine have been wrong? And you still buy into the bullshit?

        July 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  13. Colin

    "Faith cures discontent." Sounds like the intellectual equivalent of the sign over Aushwitz Concentration Camp, "Arbeit Macht Frei." meant to keep the Jews unquestioning and compliant.

    No doubt those who subordinate healthy skepticism to faith do get a contented feeling, but as George Bernard Shaw once quipped, “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."

    July 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • gb shaw

      atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      July 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
  14. lionlylamb

    In the Beginning there was the Word and the Word was God and the Words were with God and of God and about God and all of God's Sons."

    I believe in God of the Creations made celestially and the establishments of each and every evolved creations manifested upon the celestially terrestrial domains... You need not believe...

    I am satisfied beyond doubts that God's first begotten son was with God from Celestial Creations beginning moments to the ending ways of evolved creations manifestations upon any earthen world capable to bring forth life and sustain life in the abundances... You need not be satisfied...

    I cherish the wisdom of and try to honor the professed teachings of Christ Jesus despite our Christian inadequacies to render decisively upon others doubts... You need not cherish Christ's wisdom nor honor his teachings...

    July 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      You need not cherish Christ's wisdom nor honor his teachings...

      The first thing you wrote that made sense.

      July 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • austin

      In the Beginning there was the Word and the Word was God and the Words were with God and of God and about God and all of God's Sons."

      hey bro which translation is this?

      July 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
      • Jubilee

        Get real, Austin. His own. He says Gen 6:3 is proof positive that God is a flesh and blood person walking around all on his own.

        July 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
      • lionlylamb

        austtin... Jubilee is somewhat right in that my wordage usage is my owned translation in that God and all his sons need to be exalted and given glories...

        Jubilee, why can't you just admit that Genesis 6:3 literally professes that God is as mortal as we are and his lifespan is around 120 or so years?

        Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

        I do not 'pick and choose' and make vane augmentations to give one a falsehood just based upon your religious upbringing ways that to me are found faulty and rather contemptuous...

        Also Jubilee, you have failed to fathom 1 Corinthians 3:9 which quite nobly states, " For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building."

        Now why would our bodies be buildings if they weren't to be inhabited by God's family members..?

        July 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
        • Jubilee

          Because you invented that, and I will not admit to something I do not agree with.
          Why don't YOU admit that this is purely your own interpretation?

          I SAID we are God's building blocks. Quit beating that silly dead horse.

          July 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
        • lionlylamb

          Jubilee dear Jubilee...

          Why are you now positing that we are "God's building blocks:? Where in the KJVB is it so written "building blocks"? You're reaching for straws Jubilee and there is no getting away from what scripture says ever so plainly and quite distinctly even literally being Biblical truths... It is my beliefs that you have yet to understand the relationships between the (1.) Atomic Kingdom Domains and the (2.) Celestial Kingdom Domains and the (3.) Atomized Cellular Kingdom Domains...

          I have longed to understand such issues and know quite well these three kingdom domains and their unifying compatibilities... I also understand that our so named Outer Space which is absolute Nothingness is also known by me to be the Holy Spirit which was and is will forever be...

          July 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
        • Jubilee

          If you want to continue this conversation, stop your extremely patronizing, condescending attitude.
          Buildings/building blocks to God's kingdom are the same thing.
          Since you use the KJV, explain the unicorns, and what happened to them.

          July 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
        • lionlylamb


          I only know the things of Godliness and will not be tempted to explain things I know not... What I do know are things you may not conceivably understand... Hear though this, "Which came first, God's Holy Spirit or God's first physical essence"?

          Since before anything was made physical, the spiritual was and is and shall forever be the Nothingness which is the Holy Spirit and all physical inceptions were and are and will be surrounded by God's first fruit which is of Nothingness's far reaching lengths deeply unto the Atomic Kingdom Domains keeping ever distant the atomic nucleus apart from its electrons and protons ever separated by Nothingness...

          We or rather our bodies are Atomized Cellular Kingdom Domains where upon them dare lives God and all his family members on a scale so very small hardly anyone will understand... We are their buildings and inside us all does live that which once was hereupon this celestially contained terrestrial plain of greatly proportional megaliths...

          July 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
        • Jubilee

          Whatever you want to believe is fine. Do not presume to tell me what *I* believe, or how I am interpreting Scripture incorrectly. After all, it IS personal interpretation.

          July 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
        • Kerry

          Yeah, God needs to be a better neighbor and trim up his lawn. He's bringing property values down.

          July 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
      • Rocket surgeon

        It's called a random word generator.

        July 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      soooooo ... you read and old book and you like the story and somehow it makes the story true ... the logic is flawless.

      July 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Rocket surgeon

      The "words" are clearly from a random word generator, and/or lionly is clearly suffering from a dissociative mental disorder.

      July 27, 2013 at 7:58 am |
  15. Pope On A Rope Soap

    Look at the pope and his evil henchmen in their expensive fancy dresses, wanting poor people to give them what money they have, to sustain their evil religion.

    July 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • austin

      not my preacher! i give money to my church becuase we have connect groups, bible studies and we play ball on monday night,asnd they have a worship team that leads us in praise. and they are awesome talents. our teacher has a gift. I know of many preachers with outstanding talents for teaching, or preaching different styles.

      and 667 new members to the church accepted Christ last year. they were coming down upon invitation because they wanted to pray for salvation. That is an incredible amount of babies in Christ. for the size of our Church.

      Praise His name which is above all names.! and prepare the way of the Lord.

      July 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
      • Ken Margo

        I'm sure your preacher is a good preacher. But you can't ignore the failings of the catholic church. Pedophile priests, anti abortion, anti gay sentiment. Westboro Baptist church picketing funerals. You have to learn to accept the bad apples as well and realize their actions shine a bad light on you as well.

        July 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
        • austin

          ah, I dont know about that Ken. personally, what ever the pedophiles did, that shines on nobody. When you say that shines on the pope, even as a non catholic i disagree. The pope is not room mates with the pedophiles and these pedophiles lurk in the dark corners and do what they do in secret. no one else is responsible for that. not the pope, and not Jesus.

          what business men do you know who hire lawyers, pi.s and spies to uncover the secret affairs of the employees of that firm? I believe this issue is a demonic manifestation. Of course it is.

          You have it all wrong Ken.

          July 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
        • Ken Margo

          Think about it. You want me to believe, yet I'm supposed to IGNORE the fact the church leadership covered up s3x abuse? Sorry that don't fly with me.

          July 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
        • Kerry

          Austin, the RCC consistently refused to turn over their criminal pedophile priests over for prosecution. It sure as heck DOES "shine" on the RCC. When authorities hides priests instead of punishing them, it reflects on them. Badly.

          They are taking steps to stop this, it's true.
          But if YOUR pastor deliberately hid a member of his church, knowing he hurt a child, wouldn't you be a little outraged about it?? And if not, WHY NOT?

          July 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
        • austin

          yes you are right.

          July 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
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