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Real faith does not impose itself, Pope Benedict teaches

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Bishops and other clergy from Kazakhstan and Central Asia, a region with few Catholics, met with Pope Benedict this morning at the Vatican. The Holy Father encouraged the prelates to “keep the flame of faith alive among the Christian people” and spoke about the dangers of religious fundamentalism.

Pope Benedict began his remarks by inviting the prelates to give thanks to God that, “despite the severe pressures suffered during the years of the atheist communist regime, the flame of faith remained alight in believers’ hearts thanks to the zealous sacrifice of priests, religious and lay people.”

After encouraging the bishops not to lose heart even though the Catholic community is “a small flock,” Benedict XVI called on them to allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit and “to keep the flame of faith alight among Christian people. Conserve and draw vantage from the important pastoral and apostolic experiences of the past,” he told them.

Real faith does not impose itself, Pope Benedict teaches.

He also explained that it’s not possible to fight fundamentalism fighting actual religion.


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  2. The Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates that the Christianity is the real religion of the peace and of the freedom. The curious thing is that the lefties prefer the religion of the intolerance and of the hate: the Islam, while they attack the Catholics.


    October 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm

  3. Yes, you’re right. But again, the important thing is the appearance and the force. What others consider you and how many force you can impose on others…
    I really believe the real reason for this is fear: they are fearful of a religion lived from freedom and understanding of God. That is a danger for them, as implies living from personal values, which are somewhat different to those they have… 😩


    October 7, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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