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Pope Francis: Communists ‘stole’ the flag of Christianity

Published time: June 30, 2014 00:51
Edited time: July 01, 2014 11:27
Pope Francis (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

Pope Francis (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have caused many to brand him a Marxist, said in an interview published Sunday that communists “stole” Christian ideals.

The 77-year-old pontiff was asked during his interview with local Il Messaggero newspaper about a blog in the Economist magazine by a journalist who said the Pope sounded a lot like a Leninist because he often criticized capitalism and called for reform of the global economic system.

I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel,” said the Pope. He was referring to passages in the Bible which state the need to help the poor.

Pope Francis has often called for people to share their wealth with the poor.

“Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian,'” he said laughing.

The Pope also said that global politics is mired in corruption and bribery, adding that there is a deficiency in social work in society.

In regards to religious doctrine, the Pope said that the gospel cannot be understood without understanding poverty, and to be poor before God means poverty of the spirit.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis said that wealth from financial speculation and speculation on commodities was scandalous and compromised the poor’s access to food.

Read more:Pope Francis calls out 'greedy' bankers: 'Stop getting rich on financial speculation!'

Comments (105)


Freaky 03.07.2014 16:20

[quote name='Vann Tedd' time='02.07.2014 01:31']RT stop attacking the Catholic CHurch.. every/quote]

The catholic Church is a maffia organisation, there is enough evidence about it.
Google: priest that wanna launder 20 million dollar get caught in Switzerland
What about the Catholic pedofile priests who gives each other cover.
And what about the inquisition, where they tortured and killed many innocent people.
Isn't it strange that a bunch of old man, really believe that they are true descendants from God...!!!!
And walking around like infantile little children with a cap and stick.
Catholic Church is entertaiment


Freaky 03.07.2014 16:13

@allymax' time='02.07.2014 13:52']"The truth

The real truth is that Jesus never exist. Christians believe that the world is 6500 years old.
But there is evidence that Dinosaurs lived million years ago. So that Jesus thing is a story and only for fools.
Do you really believe that a whale had swallowed Jonah......?
And that Noah kept all the animal species that we know these day's in his arch....?
And was holding for months Lions together with Buffalo's on a small boat.......?
And do you really believe that Jesus could walk on water...?
Give me a break.
only ignorants believe this nonsens


allymax 02.07.2014 13:52

"The truth is Jesus was before Marx or Stalin" (Hector).
The Truth is, Jesus is God-in-Man; made in everyone of us; 'for those who can hear, let them hear.' The fundamental 'departing point' between those who cannot 'hear', is the degree of Capitalism (a fair exchange of 'goods'), they operate to. Capitalism is a Natural entity, given by God for the ultimate recourse of mankind. Men like Marx and Stalin manipulate the natural God-given goodness of Capitalism for their/Man's own greed. As such, it's useless to compare Jesus with Marx, or Stalin; the Point of Jesus, is the absolute opposite of these two men!

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