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Pope Francis at Santa Marta: Worldly Christians Are Enemies of the Cross

Vatican City, November 07, 2014

“We must be careful not to slip toward the path of being pagan Christians, Christians in appearance,” Pope Francis warned the faithful today during his Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope reflected on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. In it, the Apostle warns against those Christians who “live like enemies of the cross of Christ.”

“Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their ‘shame.’ Their minds are occupied with earthly things,” St. Paul writes.

Calling them “pagan Christians,” the Pope described these people as…

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Pope Francis: It is Sad to See ‘Watered Down Christians’

Vatican City, August 31, 2014

The Gospel, the Eucharist and Prayer are the three gifts that allows us to walk the path of Christ and not of the world. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ address during Sunday’s Angelus.

The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel from St. Matthew, where Jesus tells his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer, die and rise from the dead. When Peter rebukes Him, Jesus in turn reproaches him saying “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

This critical moment, the Holy Father noted, speaks to the reality of Christians today who run the risk of becoming worldly, or “watered down.” ..