Pope Francis in Colombia greeting the crowd from pope-mobile
Religious events and the pope
Welcome to our article (114), World events, religions, and the pope
Dear readers, we want to talk about religious events that are happening in the world today, because even if religions are not as important as they used to be, religions are still playing an important role in the world, in fact, there are places that they are as important today as they were in the past, so, let us write about it, and talk about pope Francis.
We have noted that pope Francis is an interesting pope; this pope is not the usual pope that says only the mass in St Peter Basilica, and blesses his congregation from the window in St. Peter Square, saying the usual phrases that they say, when these events take place, you see this pope is a risk taker, so, he mixes himself with world leaders and does not spare them much. Because with his way of saying things, he finds the way how to say things, that other people cannot say, because they can sound offensive.
So, this pope has got his own ways how to do things, we know that religions have always had this power, because the people believe in God and religions, and religions have been set up in a way that it is always possible to explain the situation in a different way, since they can always say that whatever happens it is God’s will, but when it is very bad, it is the devil work. Now this is one way of seeing religions and how they get around many things. As we know, there are many religions in the world, because religions are useful to guide and control people, in fact, people follow religious events and they feel better when they do that. Anyhow, today we can follow what pope Francis is doing while he is visiting Colombia.
Some religious events in Colombia
Saturday, pope Francis in Colombia spent some of his time consoling the orphans, the poor people and the sick. He also told priests and ordinary Colombians to be more open to accept sinners and welcome them in. The pope encouraged a peace process that is going on over there and other things.
As most times happens, not everything goes the way we plan it, so, because of heavy rain, pope Francis had to be driven to Colombia’s second largest city instead of taking a helicopter, delaying the mass that a million people were going to attend.
He apologized for the delay, at the Mass, Francis urged Colombia’s church to relax some of their rules of their doctrine. He said to be more like Jesus and have an open mind, not like the Pharisees, he said. Those in the early church who stuck to the rules became paralysed.
The pope said that, attachment to normal religious ways can bring comfort to Catholics, but the Gospel says also to help other who are not so perfect. So, everyone is invited to come here to get help, and try to find what they need spiritually.
Next step, he is going to Cartagena to honour St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit who ministered to thousands of African slaves.
This is a strange observation, we think that the pope is protected from God, so, nothing should happen to him, but it is not so, the pope hurt himself in his pope-mobile, he is just like anyone of us. Anyhow, after all these happenings, the pope will fly back to Rome on Sunday night. Well this is a brief account of what pope Francis did. Now let us look at other world events.
Hurricane Harvey, on its way to Texas America
What is happening in the world today?
Now, because these articles are being written to talk about religious issues, if we want to talk about other things, we should connect them to religions, and think how religious people think. So, when we look at what is happening in the world today, we wonder if it is the will of God? Or, are they happening for other reasons?
Anyhow, today what is worrying the world most, is this North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un that is making these atomic bombs, and tries to threaten America and the world with them, he must be crazy, because he will not survive if a real war breaks out, but even this is not the main problem that the world has today.
In fact, the main problem that we have today, are the natural disasters that are occurring, these hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean and America that are devastating everything in their path. First Hurricane, Harvey and then Hurricane Irma; some people think that they happen because of the global warming, other people don’t believe that, in fact, some even think that it is God’s will. Now, I don’t think that it is God’s will. But if there is a God that has the power over these events, then we should be praying this God to help us, in the hope that he listens to our prayers, and moderate this violent weather behaviour. Perhaps this is my wishful thinking, but anyhow, it has come to my mind.
There a couple of other things that I want to mention here, one of them is about the weather again; you see, while I was writing this article, I heard news from Italy that seven people are drowned, from a violent storm in the city of Livorno, the storm was so severe that houses were flooded and some people have died. Here again, one can ask oneself if this is God’s will, because humanity try to kill each other, some even kill in God’s name, God is fed-up and wants to show these people that if he wants people killed, he doesn’t need their help. Okay this last bit has come to my mind, because of the 9-11 terrorist attack that killed so many people in New York, and of course what has followed since then, since these terrorists continue to kill, with no remorse of the life they destroy.
There must be something wrong in the mind of these people, or something wrong in the doctrine they are following. May God let these people see that peaceful coexistence is what we need most?
This is the reason why we are writing these articles. In our articles we aim to tell the people, that a way must be found, how the world can believe in a single God that links all religions together. We believe that if we describe that God is life and gives life to every living thing, this could be the way to link everything together, because a single religion can be made. May God help us to find our way.
May God bless us all.
Hurricane Irma is the second hurricane heading for America
© 2017 Francesco Menchise
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 24, 2017:
I see, there are a few religions that could be used to minimize the religious terrorism of today, but which one is hard to say. Perhaps a uniting religion needs to be created, for the future benefit of mankind.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 20, 2017:
If you like Baha'i, you may also check out Sikh, Unity, Quaker and Jain.
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 19, 2017:
No, I have not until now, but you link has helped me see what you mean. My own spiritual beliefs are very much parallel to the Bahai beliefs. Thanks Jay C OBrien.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 18, 2017:
Have you heard of Baha'i Faith? The teaching is: all religions are part of One progressive religion. See:
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 17, 2017:
It could work with most religions, but it does not suggest any new ways that would unite all existing religions.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 17, 2017:
I agree with your proposal. Yet, I also suggest a single line as a heading on each page of the religious text for comparison. The problem is that religious texts do not agree with our high principles. The leadership of the religion or sect would have to agree with the line or it would never be received. That is why I latched onto the Pope's quote, "Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name." January 18, 2016. The Pope is the leader of the RC Church. It could be received and done. Call your local priest about it.
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 16, 2017:
Hi, Jay C OBrien. The phrases you are suggesting could be helpful, they could also be mixed with other phrases, but for me personally, I would like to say this phrase;
There is only one God throughout the universe;
This should be followed by a longer explanation like this, written at the beginning or at the end of every religious book, so that the people can understand what we mean by that phrase, now, let me describe this future description of God;
THE FUTURE POSSIBLE 'UNIVERSAL GOD' DESCRIPTION
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE. AND GOD IS THE LIFE ESSENCE OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
Everything that is living in the universe, is there because it is part of God-life-itself: So, nothing alive can exist without being part of God, just because God is life itself: Therefore, God is the life essence of the entire universe.
No living man should or could ever pretend to kill in God’s name, because in doing so he would be killing a tiny part of life, which would be a tiny part of God himself, and therefore he has committed a sin against God and God spiritual life force, including himself, because he has destroyed a human life.
One day, I may have to write another article to explain it better.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 16, 2017:
I agree, so what wording do you propose? I like the Quaker wording already given. We could use the Greek: "Do no harm." How about, "Help Ever, Harm Never." Here is my version of the Golden Rule, "Do to others as if they were a part of you, because they are."
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 15, 2017:
We need to look for a phrase that unites and involves all existing religions. This phrases may need to be written in a futuristic way, and not necessarily only in the Bible, in fact, we need one that involves all religions and all the universe, it should be friendly enough to all existing religions, so that they can print it in their religious books. Perhaps this is the way that will stop religions fight each other.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 14, 2017:
I agree, but we must start somewhere. How about,
"I renounce war and fighting for any reason or under any pretense whatsoever." Quaker
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 13, 2017:
Hi Jay C Obrien, Your idea might help the Roman Catholic that buy the new Bible. But to reach the entire world, we need something that unites the entire world, so, other phrases need to be added, I would suggest something that unites all existing religions together, just think about that.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 13, 2017:
"Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name," that is all right, but it misses on thing, because it ignores that violence of some religions that use the name of God to kill other people,...
We agree that religion should not be used to kill other people. I think that is in the Pope's statement. What do you think of a new edition of the Bible with such a rule as a header on each page for comparison to the text?
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 12, 2017:
Hi Paul K Francis and Jay C Obrien, thanks for reading my article and commenting. I believe myself that the pope is a good man and does his best according to his faith. I hope that I have not said anything that says otherwise. Anyhow now let see what that pope phrase means; "Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name," that is all right, but it misses on thing, because it ignores that violence of some religions that use the name of God to kill other people, so, I would like to replace that phrase with:
"There is only one God throughout the universe and God is the life essence of the entire universe"
You see, if this phrase is used, then all religions will be linked together, so, man cannot use religions to kill other people.
Francesco Menchise (author) from Brisbane Australia on September 12, 2017:
Hi, KingdomCome; I believe that you are a man of faith, that believes only in what you would like to believe. My personal views is that what you believe may not exist at all, whereas what the pope believes and preaches, is more likely to exist.
Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on September 12, 2017:
I think that the pope is a good man and that he does a fine balancing act between his own enlightened thoughts and some of Christian doctrine and history. And although he has recently suffered a black eye from being bounced around in his popemobile, he continues to do his job with which, I believe, he receives a lot of help and guidance through his faith in Christ Jesus.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 12, 2017:
"Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name," Pope Francis January 18, 2016.
Let us institutionalize the above statement by Pope Francis.
I suggest issuing a Pope Francis Bible with the above quote as a header on each page of the Bible. In the Preface, the reader is admonished to compare the stories in the Bible to the rule set forth by Pope Francis.
It is time we place Peace over war.
KingdomCome from those of the Ecclesia on September 12, 2017:
The Catholic Church is the harlot church system. And what you call the pope is an antichrist.