Pope talks end times, terror in Paris

By Cheryl Chumley

Pope Francis addresses Congress.
Pope Francis addresses Congress.

Pope Francis struck a somber note with his most recent message to pilgrims at Saint Peter’s Square, telling the ten thousand or so gathered to consider their lives, their coming face-to-face with God and the state of the world, particularly in light of the Paris terrorist attacks.

He first expressed his “deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks that bloodied France late on Friday, causing many casualties,” Breitbart reported. He then called the attacks “an unspeakable affront to human dignity” that shocked the world.

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“Such barbarity leaves us shocked and we wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the whole world,” the pope said.

He also denounced the radical Islamists’ use of God’s name to justify the attacks as “blasphemy,” he said, and reminded of Jesus’ preaching about the end times and the coming “apocalyptic elements, like war, famine and cosmic catastrophes,” he said, Breitbart reported.

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“In those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light and the stars will be falling from the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken,” he said. “Our final goal is the meeting with the resurrected Lord. … [And in the end] Jesus’ triumph will be the triumph of the cross, the demonstration that the sacrifice of oneself out of love for one’s neighbor, in imitation of Christ, is the only victorious power and the only stable point in the midst of the upheavals and tragedies of the world.”

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And one final word: “In our days, there is no lack of natural and moral disasters, as well as adversities of every kind,” he said, Breitbart reported.

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