DO YOU AGREE? You Don't Have To Believe In God To Go To Heaven -Pope To Atheists

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at 03:54 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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«§» 12 September 2013

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote:

“You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith.

I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”

Robert Mickens, the Vatican correspondent for the Catholic journal The Tablet, said the pontiff’s comments were further evidence of his attempts to shake off the Catholic Church’s fusty image, reinforced by his extremely conservative predecessor Benedict XVI. “Francis is a still a conservative,” said Mr Mickens. “But what this is all about is him seeking to have a more meaningful dialogue with the world.”

In a welcoming response to the letter, Mr Scalfari said the Pope’s comments were “further evidence of his ability and desire to overcome barriers in dialogue with all”.

In July, Francis signalled a more progressive attitude on sexuality, asking: “If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?”

chicco77 at 05:51 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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ok
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topmart10 at 06:58 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Brother Pope.........!  Grin;D;D;D;D
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merion at 07:01 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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gud 2 know
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Austinjack at 07:06 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Ok gud
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angesco at 07:26 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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The bible says there is a place in heaven for everyone. And I believe the bible - Gods written word.
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Joacy at 07:26 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Hmmmmmmmm......
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mary11 at 07:27 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Jst passing with speed

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schmit at 07:35 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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I no understand o
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UNKNOWN123 at 07:35 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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dareper at 07:43 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Hmmm, I know too believe this one o, pope
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osamabinladin at 07:54 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Noted !
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Preesie at 08:02 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Endtime! The bible clearly states in John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me..! No one will enter into the kingdom of God if they don't believe in Jesus...its even pointless to hope...... :-(
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softhils at 08:07 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Gud
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softhils at 08:07 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Gud
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nigerrun at 08:58 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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This is not in accordance with what is written in the holy bible... May God help us
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gbojac at 09:18 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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WHY WILL THEY GO TO HEAVEN?Huh??? TO DO WHAT AS THEY DO NOT BELIEVE SUCH PLACE EXIST AND THEY DO NOT SEEK TO GO THERE.
THIS IS LIES AND PROOF OF THE DEVIL'S HAND IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
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etibaba at 09:31 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Not my prob.

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firstborn77 at 09:42 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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Verily verily I say unto you EXCEPT a man be born again he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.... Believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and thou shall be saved. ...For there is no other name under heaven given amongst men whereby we must be saved....Salvation is by faith in the lord jesus Christ.So you see its not about what the pope says , its about what the bible says.
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firstborn77 at 09:45 PM, 12 Sep 13 (4 years ago)
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I totally disagree with the pope.I am not sure where he is going. I don,t know where he is coming from.Jesus yes. pope...no, no no.
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