Thursday, April 24, 2014

Obama: Pope Francis 'makes us want to be better people'

A month after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, President Obama is still mesmerized by the encounter. He is still singing the praises of the Jesuit Pontiff. Our President is acting like a nurtured son who's been drinking from the wine of Babylon (Rev. 17:1-4). Is this what's got him memorized? We are seeing an intimate relationship between the two powers descried in Revelation 13 that prophecy says will continue to grow until the mark of the beast is implemented. -Advent Messenger Commentary

USA Today | April 24, 2014

Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual "100 most influential people" issue and asked fellow world leader President Obama to write a tribute.

"Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people," Obama wrote. "Pope Francis is such a leader."

Obama lauded the pontiff for his "message of inclusion" and his many acts of kindness, such as "embracing the sick, ministering to the homeless, (and) washing the feet of young prisoners."

The president did not mention any disputes he might have with the Catholic Church, such as abortion or birth control provisions in the new health care law.

Instead, Obama — who met with Francis last month in Vatican City — cited the issues of poverty and income inequality, and how the pope reminds the world that "we are bound by moral obligations to one another."

Francis' example "challenges us to live out those obligations through work — to alleviate poverty, reduce inequality and promote peace; to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for the sick and open new doors of opportunity and visions of possibility for everyone," Obama wrote. "His message of love and inclusion, his regard for 'the least of these,' distills the essence of Jesus' teachings and is a tonic for a cynical age."


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