Fight witchcraft, Pope urges bishops

2011-10-29 22:36

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday urged African bishops to fight the influence of witchcraft, followed by some, but incompatible with the teachings of Christ, a Vatican statement said.

"The heart of the baptised is sometimes shared between Christianity and traditional African religions," the pope said in a meeting with visiting bishops from Angola.

"Afflicted by existential problems, we don't hesitate to resort to practices that are incompatible with the path of Christ," he added.

"The abominable effects are the marginalisation and even the murder of children and the elderly [who are] condemned by the false precepts of witchcraft," he said.

Speaking in Portuguese, he urged the visiting bishops to "raise their voices in favour of the victims" of witchcraft.

Roughly 55% of Angolans are Catholics, while 25% adhere to traditional beliefs. Local media have reported numerous cases of human sacrifice, sometimes involving children, linked to witchdoctors.

The pope met the Angolan bishops ahead of his second trip to Africa, set for November 18 to visit in Benin.

  • Vusi - 2011-10-29 22:47

    My Dear Pope, We have a VooDoo Doll dancing down our streets and he has many many rowdy delirious followers. Please board a plane in Rome as soon as possible and come save us from this Evil Doll. Sleep well and send my love to all the other men in dresses at that big palace where you live. Warm Wishes Vusi

  • Marc - 2011-10-29 23:31

    It's a case of "pot calling the kettle black?". Who in their right frame of mind would listen to the head of the most abusive and secretive orgnaisation the world has ever known?

  • ulvenkai - 2011-10-29 23:35

    Nothing quite like fighting superstition with superstition.

  • samgaf - 2011-10-29 23:43

    How about condemming sodomy of boys Mr. Pope

      Lauren - 2011-10-30 08:32

      LOL :D Well put Samgaf

  • Patsi - 2011-10-29 23:44

    I was born in 1957 & grew up in a very strict Roman Catholic practicing household. I broke away from that faith in my early twenty's & turned to Wicca which I do practice to this day. I do not agree that all witchcraft's practice human sacrifice (and/or animal sacrifices)although some do, but that is the dark side. There is good & evil in witchcraft as in many things. Please don't think just because one practices witchcraft it is automatically evil, just as the Roman Catholic Church caused so-called Holy Wars & wiped out other beliefs & cultures does not make them evil (according to history). It is their belief that they are right while all others are wrong.

      colin.bompas - 2011-10-30 00:04

      Patsi. I am 78 years old. I have seen spiritism, war, killings and many witchcraft things. But at the age of 46 I met JESUS. The one who gave His life for you and me, so that we come to the throne of grace with confidence. Since then I have seen many wonderful acts of Jesus happening. Healing, deliverance. I have for quite a few years been preaching in prison and many have turned and followed Jesus. They have been able to start new lives. There is only one true way to follow the Father and that is to believe in His son Jesus. God bless all of you, believers and unbelievers.

      Truthis - 2011-10-30 10:19

      As wiccan you would know then that you do not even belief in satan of god?

  • Chabi - 2011-10-30 01:24

    "it takes a thief to catch a thief", how about that Poppy !!!

  • Zion - 2011-10-30 07:06

    Witchcraft only resides in the minds of mankind and does not exist outside of that domain. Magic is only a perception brought about by sleight of hand and allusion. That illusion is rife in the Bible and acts really as a propagator of magic and thereby binding the individual psychologically.

  • jansteyn4 - 2011-10-30 07:38

    Nothing is further from the teachings of Jesus than the pederasts of Rome.

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