The Pope speaks on BBC

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The Pope speaks on BBC

Nice little Xmas message to the UK from Benedict:


"Recalling with great fondness my four-day visit to the United Kingdom last September, I am glad to have the opportunity to greet you once again, and indeed to greet listeners everywhere as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. Our thoughts turn back to a moment in history when God's chosen people, the children of Israel, were living in intense expectation. They were waiting for the Messiah that God had promised to send, and they pictured him as a great leader who would rescue them from foreign domination and restore their freedom.

God is always faithful to his promises, but he often surprises us in the way he fulfils them. The child that was born in Bethlehem did indeed bring liberation, but not only for the people of that time and place - he was to be the Saviour of all people throughout the world and throughout history. And it was not a political liberation that he brought, achieved through military means: rather, Christ destroyed death for ever and restored life by means of his shameful death on the Cross. And while he was born in poverty and obscurity, far from the centres of earthly power, he was none other than the Son of God. Out of love for us he took upon himself our human condition, our fragility, our vulnerability, and he opened up for us the path that leads to the fullness of life, to a share in the life of God himself. As we ponder this great mystery in our hearts this Christmas, let us give thanks to God for his goodness to us, and let us joyfully proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom from whatever weighs us down: he gives us hope, he brings us life.

Dear Friends from Scotland, England, Wales, and indeed every part of the English-speaking world, I want you to know that I keep all of you very much in my prayers during this Holy Season. I pray for your families, for your children, for those who are sick, and for those who are going through any form of hardship at this time. I pray especially for the elderly and for those who are approaching the end of their days. I ask Christ, the light of the nations, to dispel whatever darkness there may be in your lives and to grant to every one of you the grace of a peaceful and joyful Christmas. May God bless all of you!"

Like the bit about God 'surprising' us in the way he fulfils his promises...

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I wonder how much he charged

I wonder how much he charged for that gig.

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Thanks for that "surprise"

Thanks for that "surprise" of 50 million dead in WW2, that was a hoot God. Thanks for 9/11 God, what a "surprise".

Hey Pope Still A Dick, a "surprise" is when you go to the haunted house at Halloween and someone jumps out at you to playfully scare you. A "surprise" is when your friends and family hide at a house or in an office for your birthday.

Why don't people get it? There is no logical way an "all loving" "all powerful" being can exist with all the nasty shit that happens in life. Of course this only addresses the morally repugnant concept of such a selective deadbeat.

How can people in this day and age, with all the modern technology and science still buy into any claim of invisible super brains with magical super powers, by any name, much less one that allows all the suffering in the world we as a species have always suffered.



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Shameful death on the cross?, nope, lost me there Ratty, was he held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted like untold numbers of others are in today's world, was he raped and given the aids virus, no, actually in this whole episode HE HAD A CHOICE!!!. To follow these sicko's reasoning, he had a psycho father who also was himself (eh)?, who insisted he was murdered for our sins. This is the bloke who ordered a child to be bound, gagged and put on a fire so his father could prove his loyalty to the sky clown.

People actually get down on their knees and ask this vile idea to enter into their hearts, minds and spirits, I wouldn't want him to even enter my shire county.

Is it fear, or a mental illness?.

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Bit of both, I think

N I N E wrote:

Is it fear, or a mental illness?.