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World events, religion and the pope
Pope Francis in Colombia greeting the crowd from pope-mobile
Religious events and the pope
Welcome to our article (113), World events, religions and the pope
Dear readers, we would like to talk about some of the religious events that are happening in the world today, because even if religions are not as important as they used to be in the past, religions are still playing a very important role in the world, in fact, there are places that they are as important today as they were in the past, so, let us write about our point of view, and let us talk about pope Francis.
We have noted that pope Francis is a very interesting man, this pope is not the usual pope that only says the mass in St Peter Basilica, and blesses his congregation from the window in St. Peter Square, saying the usual phrases that they use to say, when these events take place, you see this pope is a bit of a risk taker, so, he mixes himself with some world leaders and does not spare them much. Because with his way of saying things, somehow, he finds the way how to say things that if other people say that could sound offensive.
So, this pope has got his own ways how to do certain things, we know that religions have always had this power, because the people believe in religions and God, (or Gods) and religions have been set up in a way that it is always possible to explain the situation in a different way, since they can always say that whatever happens it is God’s will, but when it is very bad, it is the devil work. Now this is one way of seeing religions and how they get around many things. As we all know, there are many religions in the world, because religions are very useful to guide and control people, in fact, people follow religious events and they feel better when they do that. Anyhow, today we can follow what pope Francis is doing while he is visiting Colombia.
Some religious events in Colombia
Saturday, pope Francis in Colombia spent some of his time consoling the orphans, the poor people and the sick. He also told priests and ordinary Colombians to be more open to accept sinners and welcome them in. The pope also encouraged some peace process that is going on over there and other things.
As most times happens, not everything goes the way we plan it, so, because of heavy rain, pope Francis had to be driven to Colombia’s second largest city instead of taking a helicopter, delaying the mass that a million people were going to attend.
He apologized for the delay, at the Mass, Francis urged Colombia’s church to relax some of their rules of their doctrine. He said to be more like Jesus and have an open mind, not like the Pharisees, he said. Those in the early church who stuck to the rules became paralysed.
The pope said that, attachment to normal religious ways might bring comfort to Catholics, but the Gospel says also to help other who are not so perfect. So, everyone is invited to come here to get help, and try to find what they need spiritually.
Next step, he is going to Cartagena to honour St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit who ministered to thousands of African slaves.
This is a strange observation, we think that the pope would be protected from God, so, nothing should happen to him, but it is not so, the pope hurt himself in his pope-mobile, he is just like anyone of us. Anyhow, after all these happenings, the pope will fly back to Rome on Sunday night. Well this is a very brief account of what pope Francis did. Now let us look at other world events.
Hurricane Harvey, on its way to Texas America
What is happening in the world today?
Now, because these articles are mainly written to talk about religious issues, if we want to talk about other things, we should try to connect them to religions somehow and think like religious people think. So, when we look at what is happening in the world today, we wonder if it is the will of God? Or, are they happening for other reasons?
Anyhow, today what is worrying the world most, is this North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un that is making these atomic bombs, and try to threaten America and the world with them, he must be crazy, because he will not survive if a real war breaks out, but even this is not the main problem that the world has today.
In fact, the main problem that we have today, are the natural disasters that are occurring, these hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and America that are devastating everything in their path. First Hurricane, Harvey and then Hurricane Irma; some people think that they happen because of the global warming, some other people don’t believe that, in fact, some might even think that it is God’s will. Now, I don’t think that it is God’s will. But if there is a God that has the power over these events, then we should be praying this God to help us, in the hope that he would listen to our prayers, and moderate this violent weather behaviour. Perhaps this is just my wishful thinking, but anyhow, it has come to my mind.
There a couple of other things that I want to mention here, one of them is about the weather again; you see, while I was writing this article, I heard news from Italy that seven people are drowned, from a violent storm in the city of Livorno, the storm was so severe that houses were flooded and some people have died. Here again, one can ask oneself if this is God’s will, because humanity try to kill each other, some even kill in God’s name, God is fed-up and wants to show these people that if he wants people killed, he doesn’t need their help. Okay this last bit has come to my mind, because of the 9-11 terrorist attack that killed so many people in New York, and of course what has followed since then, since these terrorists continue to kill, with no remorse of the life they destroy.
There must be something wrong in the mind of these people, or something wrong in the doctrine they are following. May God let these people see that peaceful coexistence is what we need most? May God guide us all?
May God bless us all?
Hurricane Irma is the second hurricane heading for America
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