Pope appeals for Catholic faithful to shun 'ephemeral idols' of money, power, pleasure

  • Article by: JENNY BARCHFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 9:30 PM

APARECIDA, Brazil — Pope Francis made an emotional plea Wednesday for Roman Catholics to shun materialism in the first public Mass of his initial international trip as pontiff, then met with drug addicts and denounced the "dealers of death" who fuel their suffering.

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whocarezzzzJul. 24, 1310:20 AM

It's easy for me to resist the biggest "rock star" of them all...the Pope.

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wagn0404Jul. 24, 1311:23 AM

Ironically, the Catholic Church asks you for money every Sunday so they can exercise their power in an attempt to create more converts to Catholicism.

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gjacobJul. 24, 1312:07 PM

The Church has been power and money hungry throughout its history. It's time for them to practice what they preach; hopefully, this Pope can.

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haybrnr23Jul. 24, 1312:52 PM

If you find yourself worshipping the false god of money, the church can take that off your hands for you.

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mtkamacJul. 24, 13 1:32 PM

I'm betting this Pope will meet with an unexpected, untimely demise - the greed of the leadership of the church and the Vatican won't tollorate this guys giving away their wealth, comfort and massive matrial possessions. They'll put a stop to it long before his push for simplicity and humility can gain any traction in the institution.

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scubadoo68Jul. 24, 13 2:23 PM

"The church is struggling in Latin America to keep Catholics from straying to evangelical and Pentecostal churches that often promise help in finding material wealth, an alluring attraction in a poverty-wracked continent."---How can people not see through people like Joel Osteen and Mac Hammond. All you have to do is look at what they drive. Even though the Catholic Church has it's issues, this pope in my opinion seems to get it(coming from a Protestant).

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phlionJul. 24, 13 2:29 PM

Yeah, the catholic church is a model of avoiding power an money.

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sausageJul. 24, 13 2:37 PM

Perhaps he had best convert his priests to this philosophy.

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melloncollieJul. 24, 13 3:21 PM

Well spoken Mr. Pope. Maybe you should take a walk through the vatican and look at the priceless artwork and riches pillaged from other countries and the poor. Have you checked out your vaults full of cash and jewels?

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partskcojJul. 24, 13 3:46 PM

His first priority should be to clean house of all the peds and the church is full of em all over the world. Organized religions are the root cause of most of the worlds problems for 4000 years.

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