I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Forgiveness and love are keys to defeating Satan

The readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time speak healing words to the heart of the racial divide in our society. Our reaction to the phrase "Black Lives Matter" often depends very much on the color of our skin. However, what we may not realize is that the evil one is using human divisions to win converts for his kingdom of evil.

Pope says official exorcists show Church's love for the suffering

Father Gabriele Nanni, exorcist for the Diocese of Teramo, Italy, gave a presentation during a 2011 course on exorcism and Satanism at the Legionaries of Christ’s Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Pope Francis said the church’s official exorcists show the church’s love for the suffering.

VATICAN CITY -- Exorcists, assigned to that ministry by their bishops, demonstrate the love and care of the Church for "those who suffer because of the work of the devil," Pope Francis said in a message to the International Association of Exorcists.
The organization, which was recognized by the Congregation for Clergy in June, brought about 300 exorcists to Rome for a convention focused particularly on the impact of the occult and Satanism on modern men and women.

POPE'S MESSAGE | One can't dialogue with Satan; Bible is best defense

Pope Francis arrived for a weeklong Lenten retreat with senior members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome, March 9. The pope did not hold weekly audience because he was on retreat.

VATICAN CITY -- When temptation comes your way, don't try to "dialogue" or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible.

Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter's Square March 9, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel of Matthew's account of Jesus' temptation in the desert.

"The tempter tried to divert Jesus from the Father's plan, which was the path of sacrifice and love, of offering Himself in expiation, and instead convince Him to take the easy way of success and power," the pope said.

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