Pope urges faithful to consult Bible as often as cellphones

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on March 5, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has called on the faithful to consult the Bible with the same frequency as they might consult their cellphones for messages.

Francis urged a packed St. Peter’s Square following his weekly Angelus blessing Sunday to give the Bible the same place in daily life as cellphones, asking: “What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read messages on our cellphones.”

The message was a twist on Francis’ frequent use of social media to reach the faithful, including regular messages on Twitter.


  • Justsayin

    I recommend he start first. If the Roman Catholics would follow the Bible, they would no longer be Roman Catholics.


    “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”

    • Justsayin

      Not a protestant, but one who encourages Catholics to explain their beliefs and practices using the Bible. There lies the dilemma- they can’t. By doing so, I hope misguided Catholics (such as I was before I came to know the truth) will see that their indtitution teaches things not in the Bible, and even contrary to it. If you believe the Bible is the word of God, then respect it as such.

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