Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, has announced he would like to add a new list of Beatitudes, referring to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
Francis made that announcement as he marked the 500 year Protestant Reformation at an ecumenical event in Sweden with the World Lutheran Federation. He prayed with Lutherans and encouraged Catholics and Lutherans to forge greater unity. And then to wrap up the trip, he revealed his new vision for a few more beatitudes.
During a Mass in Malmo, Sweden, Francis claimed that new situations require new energy and a new commitment, according to the Catholic Herald.
Here is his new list of Beatitudes for "modern Christians":
— Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
— Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
— Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
— Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
— Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
— Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.
That last one sounds a lot like the Pope's effort to bring protestant Christians into the Roman fold. Don't think for a moment that you aren't the mission field for the Roman system. (See, The Eucharist: the New Evangelization targets you, Christian!)
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