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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman said Pope Francis wanted Thursday’s meeting to be a “gesture of support for all those who suffer for their faith, or living in situations of difficulty or restraint.”


  1. The wrong lesson was learned from this episode.
    Religion is not going to rescue you from religion.

    Religion is a blender into which we pour human beings:

“The only true faith in God’s sight is Islam.” (Surah 3:19)

    “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” (Surah 2:216)

    “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

“Cursed be he who does the Lords work remissly, cursed he who holds back his sword from blood.” (Jeremiah 48:10)
“Seize all the non-believers and execute them before the LORD in broad daylight…” (Numbers 25:1-9) 

    “To those who would not have me as their king, bring them to me and EXECUTE THEM in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

    As a HUMANIST I have no philosophy which compels me to harm someone.
 God and Religion are the worst, stupidest ideas humans have ever invented.

    • Pavel Langsholt

      Really? Seems to me the US has been trying to be able to get her and her family safely out since she was released from prison. An unannounced visit from a diplomat from The Pope in Rome and she’s out.

      • @Pavel,

        Yes. Some Christians rescued a Christian. Glad to hear it.
        Three lessons:

        1. Nice marketing ploy by the Pope.
        2. Makes Catholicism look more humane than Islam.
        3. Saving a public Christian who is in trouble is good politics – for the Vatican which is under siege for its crimes.
        4. Responding to a plea from the Pope makes the Muslim country look more responsive than it is.

        Good religious politics after a needless Religious death threat
        Is like
        a comfy wheelchair after being deliberately hit by a car.

        Excuse me if I don’t weep with joy for how great god is.

          • Meanwhile ….

            The Vatican protected and covered up the crimes of many murderers like Father Anathole Serromba who killed 2000 Tutsis by himself in the Rwanda Genocide.

            Serromba was sentenced for crimes against humanity by the Tribunal for Rwandan Justice.
            But not before the Pope John Paul hid him Italy.

            Disgusting history.
            Almost proves that God is impossible.

    • This is a parable given by Jesus not about Jesus. The statement was lifted out of its greater context. When done, anything can be twisted to the author’s presuppositions.

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