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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Pope Francis messages to people and the human condition- strong anti ISIS message

"May Christmas bring them hope, as indeed also to the many displaced persons, exiles and refugees, children, adults and elderly, from this region and from the whole world," the Pope said.

Although Pope's speak formally from Scripture, I'm probably typical about not following Papal communications out of the Vatican in Rome. Pontiffs strive to speak in inspiring narrative, yet their messages don't usually have an impact on our daily lives.

Pope Francis has certainly broken the Vatican's Roman Catholic communications mold. Beginning with his vernacular greeting "buonasera", when he was presented as the newly elected Pope on March 13, 2013, he opened a new era of Papal communications. 

Throughout his public life, both as an individual and as a religious leader in Argentina, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor. He is dedicated to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs and faiths.

As Pope Francis continues to capture the world's attention because of his charisma, he applies his aura to some cutting edge messages.

The Pope's Christmas message on 2014 has put the evil forces of the Islamic State aka "ISIS" on notice for a forthcoming avalanche of Christian wrath. As a matter of fact, ISIS has given the Pope a bully pulpit, whereby all people who are vitriolic against the Islamic extremist group's terror tactics are in awe of his spiritual leadership.  Pope Francis wears the white Papal robes of hope.  This is in brilliant contrast to the ISIS extremists, who drape themselves in totally black robes and burkas. The contast is extraordinary because Pope Francis definitely captures the light of enlightenment, compared to the medieval repressiveness of ISIS.

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis spoke directly to ISIS about the group's persecution of Christians.

Vatican City (Reuters) - Pope Francis condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents in his Christmas message on Thursday and urged people not to be indifferent to the suffering of so many around the world

In his second "Urbi et Orbi" - to the city and the world - Christmas message, the pontiff highlighted the plight of victims of conflict in Syria and Iraq.  
"Too many people are being held hostage or massacred" in Nigeria, he added.

Pope Francis also urged dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and condemned Taliban attacks in Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people turned out on St Peter's Square to hear the Argentine Pope deliver his annual message.

He said Christians in Iraq and Syria had endured conflict for too long, and "together with those belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, are suffering a brutal persecution".
"May Christmas bring them hope, as indeed also to the many displaced persons, exiles and refugees, children, adults and elderly, from this region and from the whole world," the Pope said.

Tens of thousands of people turned out on St. Peter's Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year.

Pope Francis also appealed for an end to conflicts in African countries, urged dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, condemned the attack by Taliban militants that killed more than 130 students in Pakistan last week, and thanked those helping the victims of the Ebola epidemic.

But he reserved his toughest words to defend the victims of Islamic State fighters who have killed or displaced Shi'ite Muslims, Christians and others in Syria and Iraq who do not share the group's ideologies.

Moreover, Pope Francis also does the unexpected.  On Christmas Eve, he made a surprise telephone call to refugees in a camp near Irbil, in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region. "You are like Jesus on Christmas night. There was no room for him either," he told them.

It's likely the Pope doesn't often hear from the people who are touched by his personal messages. Therefore, in the unlikely event he happens to read this blog, I would like to be sure and close by saying,  "God Bless You Pope Francis".  

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