Pope reaches out to atheists

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has made another gesture to Catholics who have fallen away from their faith, saying he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

Francis made the comments Monday after he celebrated Epiphany, a major Catholic feast day that recalls the visit to the infant Jesus Christ by three kings.

The pontiff said: "I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord loves you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!"

Francis has made a priority of reaching out to atheists and Catholics marginalized by their church.

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Discussion 1 : 07/01/2014 at 08:40 AM
If you respected us you would respect our decision and stop stalking us.
Discussion 2 : 07/01/2014 at 04:29 AM
You will have to lie a lot bettter than that pope if you want the world to believe that you are not a oldmans club of predatory peadophiles praying on the weak and vunerable with promises of peace and love and providing nothing but pain misery and theft.
Discussion 3 : 06/01/2014 at 09:55 PM
"The Lord loves you..." means nothing to atheists, because they don't believe in God. Besides that: how the pope knows that?

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