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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

In October of last year, as related by the Catholic Herald, Pope Francis addressed a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, saying the sin Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy.

“You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian,” he said. “You cannot be a Christian without practicing the Beatitudes. You cannot be a Christian without doing what Jesus teaches us in Matthew 25.” This is a reference to Christ’s injunction to help the needy by such works of mercy as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and welcoming the stranger.

“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” he said. “If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.”



Matthew, Chapter 5
(From the United States Conference of Bishops website)


The Sermon on the Mount.1: When he saw the crowds,he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:

THE BEATITUDES

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.  Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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