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Pope to Mass of millions: Get out of church
Hundreds of thousands crowd Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, waiting for Pope Francis to lead a worship service.
July 28th, 2013
10:17 AM ET

Pope to Mass of millions: Get out of church

By Eric Marrapodi and Miguel Marquez, CNN
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Rio de Janeiro (CNN) - Pope Francis closed out World Youth Day with a final Mass before a giant crowd of millions on Copacabana Beach.

"Go, do not be afraid, and serve," the pope told the crowd Sunday.

Catholic pilgrims from around the world traveled to Brazil for the weeklong celebration and a chance to see the pontiff, whose visit was a shot in the arm for a church that has seen its share of scandal and troubles.

Massive crowds followed Francis at every stop on the trip. Organizers and local officials said 1.5 million people came out for the Way of the Cross observance on Friday.

The mayor's office in Rio said final estimates for a prayer vigil on Saturday could reach up to 3 million. On Sunday, the Vatican citing civil authorizes put the crowd for the final Mass over 3 million.

Helicopter shots showed crowds that stretched shoulder to shoulder for two miles, lining the beach and the streets, where pilgrims had camped out overnight as part of the prayer vigil.

As the "popemobile" made its way down Avenue Atlantica for a final time on this trip, the military lined both sides of the street along with volunteers keeping the crowds further back from pope.

Security guards continued to bring infants to the pope to bless and even began lifting disabled persons in wheelchairs up to for a blessing from the pontiff.

During his homily the pope admonished the crowd to go and share their faith: "The experience of this encounter must not remain locked up in your life or in the small group of your parish, your movement, or your community."

"Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent," he said.

The pope said the message applied all the more to the young people from Latin America.

In Brazil over the past three decades the Catholic Church has slipped significantly, dropping from 90% to 65% of the population.

"Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God," the pope said. "It is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did."

That message, he said, "is bringing God's power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world."

After the pope had concluded his sermon, organizers asked for a moment of silence from the giant crowd. During the moment of silence the crashing waves could be heard.

Before the Mass began, the group participated in a giant flash mob featuring a coordinated dance. Bishops on the stage in their white vestments and pointed miter hats danced along with the throng on the beach to the official World Youth Day song. Organizers said they hoped this would be the largest flash mob in history.

At the conclusion of the service the pope announced, "We have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Krakow, Poland."

Pope John Paul II was the bishop of Krakow. This month, Francis signed off on a second miracle for the long serving and popular pope, allowing the church to declare him a saint. A formal date for the canonization has yet to be announced.

The pope concludes his first international trip on Sunday and returns to the Vatican.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Americas • Brazil • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Francis • Vatican

soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. pinko

    this is a great pope

    July 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
  2. theinexperiencedyouth

    Reblogged this on uggggh.

    July 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
  3. Dr. Saleh Sultan

    Allah is the one true God.

    July 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • James

      believe in your god and let others believe in theirs

      July 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
      • PS

        Right!

        July 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

      Yeah, the one true moon-god. Why then did Muhammad say Abraham's god Yahweh was the same god he worshiped ? Oops. Ever read the Satanic Verses ? Why are the daughters of the Arabic moon-god Sin, the same as ole Mo said were Allah's 3 daughters, before he changed his mind and said "the devil made me do it" ? Why are Muhammad's comings and going doc'umented every day of his life, (supposedly), but then they discovered they forgot about the extra month every year that are missing from when the calendar was changed ? Obviously it's all a cooked up lie. Every bit of it. Just like the Jebus myth. Ever read Robert Spencer's books ? Muhammad never existed. They made him up, just like Jebus.

      July 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • SouthernCelt

      But is it (or anything else) beyond His Power to use other names in other parts of His Creation? There may be many paths but they all lead to the same place.

      July 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

        Rationalization. Sure. Then so is Baal, and all the other good you people call "pagan" gods. Whatever.
        Anything goes, I guess. The fact is, the Old Testament is full of exhortations to the Hebrews to STOP worshiping other gods, including Sin, who turned out to be Allah. Now you're saying it's ok ?
        BTW, "creation "refutes an "eternal god". It's a landmark in time, by which eternal past can be measured from eternal future. Either you god is timeless or it's not. Which is it ?

        July 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • JMJ

      DR. SALE ACCEPT JESUS ​​THE ONLY AND TRUE WAY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFaQMH6nSqk

      July 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
  4. A Dose of Reality

    Want to see some REAL analogies with the Jesus story. Try the stories of Appolonius of Tyana, Horus or Mythras, all of which predated Jesus.Appolonius of Tyana. Before he was born, his mother was visited by an angel who told her that her son would be divine. His birth was accompanied by miraculous signs and as a child he was religiously precocious. As an adult, he left home to be an itinerant preacher, teaching the good news that people should live for what is spiritual, not the material things of this world. He gathered disciples and performed miracles. He raised the ire of those in power who had him brought up before the Roman authorities. His followers saw him after he died and he ascended into heaven. – Bart ErhmanHorusBefore Jesus, Horus was a mythological figure from Egypt who was said to be born on December 25 to a virgin. A star in the East heralded his arrival and three kings came to worship the baby. At age 12, Horus was a prodigal child teacher and at age 30 he was baptized and began his ministry. He had 12 disciples, travelled about performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water and was known by terms such as “the good shepherd.” After he died, he was buried, but three days later he rose from the dead. Mythras. Similarly, two centuries before the appearance of Jesus, the myth of Mithras held that Mithras was the son of the sun sent to save mankind. He was born of a virgin in a cave on December 25, and his birth was attended by shepherds. Mithras sacrificed himself and, on the last day of his life, had supper with twelve of his followers. At that supper, Mithras invited his followers to eat his body and drink his blood. He was buried in a tomb and after three days he rose again. The cult of Mithraism, which evolved out of the earlier Persian religion of Zoroastrism, was popular in Rome at the same time that Christianity was spreading.Unfortunatley, there is good reason to think that many of the stories about Jesus are a collage of existing Mediterranean mythology. This is not surprising, given that the frist Gospel, Mark, was not written until 40 years after Jesus' death and that stories about hiw swirled about the superst.itious Greco-Roman Mediterranean for all this time before being captured in writing.Indeed, it would be very, very unlikely, to the point of impossibility, for stories about him NOT to grow over time and be influenced by the prevailing mythogy.

    July 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

      To say nothing of Simon of Perea. Announced by Gabriel, son of Joseph, messiah, miracle worker, martyred, rose in 3 days.
      Sound familiar ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_of_Peraea

      July 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  5. ihatefanboys

    More like Hundreds of thousands of idiots. Pope, shmope, who cares. Religious people are scary and dumb. Not surprising that the biggest killer in the history of the earth has been religion.

    July 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  6. Jill

    Rainer Braendlein, don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

    So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

    Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

    Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

    Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

    And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    July 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Our Lafy of Fatima

      At least THAT makes more sense than he does.

      I see him as a shy, either Autistic, or Asperger's kid, who has no friends, never had a girl-friend, probably with abusive parents, who sits all day writing that junk.

      July 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Adam979

    I wonder what Mr Popey makes of Brazilian Kids TV which has naked lap dancing in it!

    July 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Felix Sinclair

    Francis: The secularist's Pope.

    July 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Our Lafy of Fatima

      I have some holy water to sell you. Only $50.00 an ounce.
      An a secret I told the children.
      And come by next Sunday, and watch the sun dance.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • jim

        holy water or any religious article that has to do with a sacrament can not be sold. please only present facts about what you know.

        July 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
      • Bippy the new lesser to medium level squirrel god

        Holy water has nothing to do with any "sacrament". What ? You never went to school ?
        It's a "sacramental". Not a "sacrament".
        Obvioulsy you've never been to Lourdes or Fatima. It's money city. Tourist traps. They make TONS of money.

        July 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  9. abbadon

    this is major league koolaid drinking on an epic scale.
    good little sheep, please give me your money.

    July 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
    • Pope On A Rope Soap

      Exactly. The pope and his cronies need mucho doneros to pay for their fancy silk dresses and hats, and to pay defence lawyers for all the abuse cases against the high priests.

      July 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
      • jim

        really, did any of these people donate money to the Vatican. they do not have to, why would they? They are there to give glory to God. You people look for any excuse to bash the catholic faith yet your comments clearly show you know nothing or very little about it.

        July 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
        • thulsa

          every organized religion wants your mind and your money, it is the only way they can exist.

          July 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • jim

      No this is a major gathering of people who share the same faith to give glory to God, father son and holy spirit. It is our right and chose to worship God when ever and where ever we like. If you don't like it, that's fine. Stay in your part of the world and leave us alone. You don't have to believe what others believe but you should allow others to believe and practice their faith in Christ or any religion, any way they wish. It is not hurting you so why are you so intolerant of others and feel like you have to criticize them?

      July 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
      • spork

        wake up, you idiot.

        July 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
  10. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

    To all the lapsed Catholics on here – Remember that God CHOSE you to be a disciple. Things might have happened that make you doubt. But one thing is certain – He made YOU - He chose YOU - and He will never stop loving YOU till your last breath.
    What happens after that is YOUR choice and yours alone. You won't be judged on what other people told you; or who upset you and rocked your faith – NO you'll be judged on why you rejected the most wonderful gift possible.

    God bless you and I wish you reconciliation, true peace and love.

    July 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      How is it certain? Since there is absolutley no evidence of any god, and there is no indication that any god had anything to do with the bible, what certainty can there be?

      July 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
      • Waking up

        There were 39 separate authors of the books of the bible that spanned centuries of time. All of them said God interacted with men, many of them eye witnesses of God's interaction. Some of the authors were kings, leaders, scribes, prophets, and apostles of Jesus. The bible matches history accurately.

        Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit are all still there. God exists.

        July 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
        • Sue

          Waking up, I call bullshit on claims that the bible is entirely accurate. So how are your mustard trees growing? And how do diseases propagate? Not like how your fairy tale bible says they do, you ignoramus

          July 28, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
        • Waking up

          I have continuously pointed people right back to the bible for this one reason: that it is the word of God and there is nothing wrong with it, or in saying such. When the eye witnesses said they saw visions of Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus, or Daniel saw angels, I'm fine with that. 39 authors all saying God is there, is more than enough proof for anyone... unless you just don't like God.

          July 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
        • OTOH

          Waking up,

          Eyewitnesses have attested to alien abductions. Eyewitnesses attested to Joseph Smith's nonsense. Eyewitnesses are not all that reliable... let alone hearsay accounts of their experiences. The authorship of many of The Bible's books is quite unknown, some may have had several time-divided contributors. Sure, they seem to agree with each other... they had all read the previous ones; and only the ones which toed the party line made the cut for the final compilation in the 4th century.

          July 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
        • Sue

          Again, I call bullshit on your claims re the accuracy of the bible, and of it being the word of a divine entity. Do you think that the biblical statements about disease propagation are correct, or not?

          And this time, try to summon enough courage to respond directly to what I said. The question again:

          Do you think that the biblical statements about disease propagation are correct, or not?

          If you don't respond with a direct answer to that, you are simply a coward.

          July 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
        • Waking up

          No, Sue, I am Waking up.

          Ex 4:6 Then the LORD said, "Put your hand inside your cloak." So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous –it had become as white as snow.

          That line sums up how I feel about the accuracy of the Bible with reference to deceases. I agree with God.

          July 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
        • Waking up

          OTOH, it has never been wrong to say God is right. The bible authors simply said God is right, they told the truth, and I agree with them.

          July 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
        • Athy

          So you're saying that 39 people claim god exists and that's proof enough for you? Wow. Gullibility to the max!

          July 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
        • Waking up

          All 39 authors have to be liars, over centuries, and say the same things about God... so you can deny him.

          I am one more.

          July 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • leonardo

      FOR JESUS

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOcT68jGKio

      July 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
      • Grundig

        Google 'ad populum fallacy'.

        July 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Rodents for Romney

      Wrong.
      "Choice" means :
      1. an action completed in a temporal environment ... meaningless in "eternity"
      2. any god who "chooses" only some and not all of his creatures is not worth the name "god".

      I don't "doubt". There is NOT ONE reason to buy your childish nonsense. Not one.

      You need safety in numbers. I do realize that people who subscribe to nonsense with no shred of evidence to support it feel more comfortable if others also subscribe, but people are leaving your cult in droves. 10 % of Americans are EX-Catholics. Your ancient cult is doomed.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
  11. Church built on the rock

    All my anti-catholic friends:
    Is it is ignorance or lack of effort to know the truth?? Most of the anti-catholic concerns about eucharist or mary has clear biblical answers. Those who were catholic for so long and finally left catholic church, have you read catechism of catholic church at least once to find answers for your questions??

    July 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Colli T

      Unless your rock is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone, you're in for an unpleasant meeting with him. He is the rock that the church was built on. No man can hope to provide as stable a foundation as the Cornerstone, Yeshua.

      July 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Rodents for Romney

      Church with a rock for a brain. There is no way Jebus ever said anything about building a church on a rock. There was no such thing as a "church" in Isra-El at that time. The apostles would have said "a what ?"
      More like a pedophile club built on shifting sand.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  12. Snowshoes

    I say this softly and with the love of Jesus; the Bible talks about false religions. Don't allow your pride in the FALLIBLE Pope to lead you to Hell. Educate yourself and you will see, there's only one way to be saved: By The Blood Of Jesus. NOT purgatory (there is no such thing), NOR Mary (there is one intercessor, Jesus), NOT on our own good works. Study the Word of God and see what happens...

    July 28, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • niknak

      And what leads you to believe that your god or your religion is the correct path?
      Out of the thousands of religions that have existed, why do you feel yours is the only right one?
      Have you studied every other one, or have you only come to your belief of yours being right because you were born into it?

      I vote the latter of the two.
      God only exists in your imagination.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      I tell you firmly that you are wrong on all counts. Your ignorance is culpable because you have disrespected the words and teachings of the Jesus you claim to follow!

      I will pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you in true Faith.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
      • Rodents for Romney

        'I tell you firmly" ... hahahahahahahaha
        You can jump up and down, and stand on your head, and stomp your foot, it does not make you right.

        July 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      What Word of God, which one?
      All I have seen is works of men, that men claim to be works of a god, but I have never seen any works of any gods.
      SHow me any where that god wrote anything.
      SHow me the logic that indicates to you that a god, who is allegedly capable of anything, wrote down instructions for a people who could not read? Would he not have used something a bit more reliable than to use fallible men to write, then edit, many times over then translate, all the while deluding "his word".
      If all of our instincts are transferred in our DNA, then why could your god just made his knowledge for man part of the instincts? No interpretation necessary, no corruption in the code....the fatc that he would choose to write it just makes no sense at all.
      That really makes no sense whatsoever.

      July 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
      • Waking up

        Movies from God are pretty good, literally, by definition.

        July 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  13. Sonia

    This was such an important event and I cannot understand why only CNN in Spanish gave live coverage to the closing Mass and not CNN!! You cover mass killings, wars, lawsuits, etc., to a tea, but a joyful moment where almost 3,000,000 youth met from 190 countries was not given the importance it deserved and your English speaking audience missed out on it . What is going on??? Could it be that you are so busy reporting violence that you think that peaceful and inspiring moments like this one do not merit attention? Please feed you English-speaking audience a bit better!! We all need it!!

    July 28, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • niknak

      If you have not figured that out by now Sonia, then something is wrong.
      The major news organizations only care about ratings, and violence and se x and celebrity stuff bring viewership which sells the advertising which generates the profits.

      I don't blame them one bit. I blame the populous that tunes in to see that stuff.
      Same as I blame the audience when a really bad sequel to a really bad first movie is made.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
      • Sonia

        I don't think you got the point I was trying to make. CNN in Spanish gave full coverage...CNN in English did not. Why are English audiences being deprived is my question. Is it a culture thing to cover issues of violence in the U.S.?

        July 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      Excellent post Sonia. Anything good, inspiring and positive is avoided like the plague by the Media!

      Every year 500,000 people [mainly youth ] do the Pro-life Walk for Life in Washington DC. IT is NEVER even mentioned apart from on EWTN!

      3 MILLION people turning out to joyfully greet a Holy, Humble, Inspirational Pope doesn't make a DENT with these people.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
      • Sonia

        Correct! I am very worried about what the media feeds us...special our children! Relieved to see that CNN in Spanish is on a better path! I will continue to watch CNN in Spanish from now on!!!

        July 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
      • Rodents for Romney

        As if EWTN was objective. LOL
        When have they ever covered anything negative about the church. The gay scandal at the heart of the Vatican. The Curia paying for prosti'tues. The Swiss guard with a gay lover. The accountant from the Vatican bank caught smuggling 500,000,000 Euros. You are such a joke Ad M.

        July 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  14. Jim MCDonald

    Francis is a good man, bringing a message of love, hope and faith with him to anyone who wants to hear. I wish him many healthy and happy days.

    July 28, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      Nicely said Jim. Dod bless you.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

        Sorry Jim. the doorbell rang and I was careless GOD bless you, friend.

        July 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Meg

      Best post. Thank you.

      July 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Rodents for Romney

      A message of delusional confidence in a make believe spirit. Did Jebus help the tornado victims this year ? Not one ? How many children had dies horrible painful death this year that Mother Mary didn't lift a finger to help ? Grow up. There is no Santy Claus.

      July 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  15. tmo

    Those bashing the Catholic church are a bunch of fools, ignorant of the teachings of the Catholic church and poorly catechized. You've fallen for many lies against the Catholic church. I encourage to visit www(dot)Catholic(dot)com and educate yourselves.

    July 28, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • Doobs

      I was raised in a devout Catholic home, went to twelve years of parochial school, and taught in a Catholic elementary school for several years.

      I'll go toe-to-toe with you any day, any time, about Catholic doctrine and catechism.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:36 am |
      • OTOH

        Doobs
        "I was raised in a devout Catholic home, went to twelve years of parochial school"

        Me too... I'm grateful for a pretty solid basic education; but reunions are out of the question.

        July 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • Waking up

        If you had ever been filled with the Holy Spirit, you would have known it, and never would have left God.

        July 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      Great post, thanks tmo.

      People will argue with you with all sorts of 'clever' facts. But what they DON'T realise is that if they don't have FAITH the facts they give you will be useless.

      July 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • Richard Cranium

        Faith- the abiltiy to ingore facts, logic and reason and leap to a completely unjustifyable conclusion.

        July 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  16. Soraya

    "Sometimes tears are the glasses we need to see Jesus." (Pope Francis)

    July 28, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Doobs

      "Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” – Mother Teresa

      More glorification of suffering for Jeebus. The RCC manipulates the poor by telling them the reason they are poor is because Jeebus loves them so much.

      Then they pass the collection plate, and reinforce ti with the phony story of the widow's mite.

      July 28, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

        The whole POINT of Jesus' horrific sufferings and Death was to show us that personal suffering can be offered up for sinners and other sufferers apart from ourselves!

        Jesus died to show us that although we suffer in this life there is eternal HAPPINESS awaiting those who follow in His footsteps – after all everyone's going to die – why not HOPE to achieve the reward of Heaven?

        July 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
        • Richard Cranium

          The whole suffering part was part of a wideheld belief that you could gain enlightenment through suffering. This was the morphed and added to your jesus story.
          Jesus, through ultimate suffering, transcended and became the savior for others.

          Just another example how the quest for "spritual enlightenment" or "awakening" got written into your biible, and many other religious texts.
          The Bhudda went through similar things. Part of his legend is that he found spiritual enlightenment and by following him you can also acheive it ( He went before you and can show you the light, follow him)....sound similar to any stories you may have heard?

          July 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
        • TriXen

          The idea that one has to suffer horrifically to be closer to Jesus is appalling.

          July 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  17. Rodents for Romney

    Right.
    Tell that to the residents of Moore Oklahoma, or AFTER the next tsunami sweeps away hundreds/thousands of more children, or millions more die of starvation.

    "Fear not, but give us your money", is more like it.

    July 28, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

      Why are you so afraid of death? Peaceful, long-term illness, sudden or violent – we're all going to die. That is the only certainly in life.

      It's not the WAY you die , it's the way you LIVE that matters.

      I had a 7 year old cousin who died of leukaemia after much pain and suffering. When the nursing nuns said to him "Come on little man we're going to get you dressed to meet Jesus" He replied " Sister will you go away and let a man die in peace!"

      If a 7 year old child can accept that – wouldn't you think GROWN men and women would have the Faith and intelligence to see it?

      July 28, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • Richard Cranium

        7 year old accept Santa Claus and the tooth fairy also, should we see that as well?. Now I see why you believe so strongly...you take your queues from 7 year olds.

        July 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
      • Rodents for Romney

        You attempt to deflect from the point. The point is Jebus did NOTHING for anyone. Not your cousin, who suffered and died for no reason. Not for the tornado victims. How many victims do you have to see die pointlessly, before you think, "hmmm, there really is no one in charge here, obviously" ?

        July 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  18. McBob79

    Inspiring!

    July 28, 2013 at 10:44 am |
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