Pope Francis Calls On Faithful To Resist ‘Idols’ Of Money, Power And Pleasure

By on July 25, 2013
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In the first public Mass of his weeklong visit to Brazil, Pope Francis urged Catholics to resist the “ephemeral idols” of money, power and pleasure.

Thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, one of the most important shrines in Latin America that is halfway between Rio and Sao Paulo. Aparecida is a version of the Virgin Mary venerated as the patroness of Brazil, home to the biggest Roman Catholic population in the world.

On Wednesday, tens of thousands more braved a cold rain outside the Basilica to catch a glimpse of the first pope from the Americas.

Before the Mass, Francis stood in silent prayer before the 15-inch-tall image of the Virgin of Aparecida, the “Black Mary,” his eyes tearing up as he breathed heavily. It was a deeply personal moment for this pontiff, who has entrusted his papacy to the Virgin Mary and, like many Catholics in Latin America, places great importance in Marian devotion.

During his homily, Francis urged Catholics to keep their values of faith, generosity and fraternity, a message he was expected to repeat later in the day during a visit to a drug rehabilitation center in Rio de Janeiro.

“It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone including our young people feels attracted by the manyidols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure,” he said. “Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols.”

The church is struggling in Latin America to keep Catholics from straying to evangelical and Pentecostal churches that often promise help in finding material wealth, an alluring attraction in a poverty-wracked continent. Francis’ top priority as pope has been to reach out to the world’s poor and inspire Catholic leaders to go to slums and other peripheries to preach.

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  • frankfan42

    Well I am not Catholic, but I must tip my spiritual hat to the Pope for speaking out on this issue at a time when fame, money and carnality have a huge hold on our world. Many Churches are asleep at the switch, but the pope is awake on this issue. God Bless ya!

  • maxxxem

    what’s that Idol he is kissing? I just repented of this… Jesus is the only doorway, The truth, life and way.. Not the rosary not Mary worship that’s out to bring all religions together for the new world order

    • John Bouchet

      what a Joke!

    • mcdowell.peter

      Nonsense! When God commanded to build the Ark, was He creating an idol?? Only if one worships idols is it sinful! If still don’t believe, take all your statues, pictures, iphone photo’s, etc., etc down! Catholics see them as people see pictures: to remind us of them! Sophomoric comments. If we worshipped them, won’t we tell you being they were our gods? fyi – Catholic Church made the bible out of 2000 various gospels in 380 AD at the Council of Hippo. If the Church is not infiable, then why do you believe the bible is? Think on that for awhile.

  • John Bouchet

    sounds more like communism to me

  • Isaiah 58

    Hmmmm…which is more idolatrous, going to a pentecostal church that promises you wealth (1 timothy 6:5, 2tim 3:1-5) or a group that prays to “black mary” statues and kisses “venerable” objects, and takes the meager substance from widows and orphans from the most impverished countries in the americas! For the love of God, take a stand!

  • MsHeather

    First, allow me to state that I am what I personally refer to as a “True Catholic” meaning I subscribe to the Pio-Benedictine Codex…This monumental work is called the 1917 Code of Canon Law, commemorating the year of promulgation or the Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law, after the Popes St. Pius X, who inaugurated the project, and Benedict XV, who saw it through its completion. These books are the Code of Canon Law promulgated in 1917 and in force until the (false 1983 revision). It contains the canonical materials into a single authoritative reference known as a code, used in the governance of the church and made available in English translation with extensive scholarly apparatus. This work is comprised of five books on General Norms, Persons, Things, Procedures, and Delicts and Penalties respectively. that existed prior to the Council of Vatican II which is false Catholicism. From 1958 meaning from the papacy of Pope John XXIII to the present Pope Francis are apostate popes.

    They constantly defy true Canon Law and previous papal encyclicals they have destroyed the liturgy apostate Pope Paul VI changed the vows of ordaination which renders them non valid. If one wants to do the research they can see the ties Pope John XXIII had with communists and freemason lodges throughout Italy and France Not to mention the mockery of the Papal Conclave during his election.

    This pope is a travesty the issue here is not his kissing of The Ever Virgin Blessed Holy Immaculate Mother Mary (Her proper title) we venerate her not worship no adore that is for God alone and I will not get in a debate over it because Protestants have their own idea of what merits entering the Kingdom of Heaven. We Catholics only pray for her intercession This Pope only has one concern “charity” and ignores matters of faith and morals particularly moral discipline all I can say with regards to this pope is Caveat Emptor beware of what you see It may very well be peter the roman