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Pope Urges Angolans to Convert; Stampede Kills 2

Society & Culture  (tags: Pope, ignorance, Religious Tolerance, Dogma, religious freedom )

- 3496 days ago -
Tens of thousands of Angola's Catholics lined the streets of the capital Saturday for a blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, who urged the country's faithful to reach out and convert people who believe in witchcraft.


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Dee C (23)
Saturday March 21, 2009, 10:34 pm
"In Africa, some churchgoing Catholics also follow traditional animist religions and consult medicine men and diviners who are denounced by the church. People accused of sorcery or of being possessed by evil powers sometimes are killed by fearful mobs.

Local media have reported that police last year rescued 40 children who had been held by two religious sects after being accused by their own families of witchcraft.

Benedict counseled Catholics to "live peacefully" with animists and other nonbelievers and urged Angolans to be the "new missionaries" to bring people who believe in sorcery to Christ."

All this man does is spew dogma and ignorance..He is about as intolerant of anyone's anyone could be..

Nancy M (185)
Sunday March 22, 2009, 12:02 pm
Noted. Thanks Dee. I agree with you.

Sunday March 22, 2009, 8:35 pm
Just because you are catholic doesnt mean you dont believe in demons. the poeple who are accusing this children of being witches can just as easily now say they are demons making them do these evils. It is education not religion that will stop this horror.

claudio p (2)
Monday March 23, 2009, 2:10 pm
religion (and pope) is a drug for people; he can't come over to people with aids problems and say to don't use condoms "that's criminal"! take a look of what annie Lennox said about it, She's giving her efforts to those poor people to help, but what pope and his church does really? ......NOTHING.......!

Kit B (276)
Monday March 23, 2009, 4:59 pm
Ahh, but these are christian sects that are condemning and harming children that they accuse of "witchcraft." Very sad situation for these children, some are banned from their homes, others suffer serious injury some are killed. If the Pope really cared, a little education and financial help might be in order here.

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Tuesday March 24, 2009, 12:16 am
Wouldn't deifying wafer and wine as body and blood of Jesus count as witchcraft?

What about sacrificing (witchcraft) sheep and goats to their invisible god to smite their enemies?

What about Moses talking to a burning bush? duh.

How about if a Moses uses a rod to bring pestilence, famine, locusts, et al (witchcraft) upon the Egyptians?

Methinks that that dopey Pope Seigheiler ooughta spend some time reading his church's own bible to grasp the absurdity of his stance on witchcraft.

Ralph F (68)
Tuesday March 24, 2009, 3:48 pm
More religion-inspired terrorism. Toast an herbalist for the Love of God.
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