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Angels are for real, says Pope Francis

Angels are for real, says Pope Francis

The Pope said today that guardian angels exist and people who listen to their advice are less likely to make the wrong decisions.

Putting himself firmly among woo cranks, he said in a message to mark the Feast of the Guardian Angels, celebrated by Catholics on 2 October, that:

The doctrine on angels is not fantasist. No, it’s reality. According to church tradition we all have an angel with us, who protects us and helps us understand things.

The message that humans are helped along in life by an otherworldly guardian was in contrast to former pope Benedict’s insistence in 2012 that angels did not sing at the birth of Christ – news that “devastated many a carol singer and earned him the epithet ‘killjoy Pope’.”

Francis asked:

How often have we heard ‘I should do this, I should not do this, that’s not right, be careful … ? So often! It is the voice of our travelling companion.

The Pope advised sceptics to ask themselves:

How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him? Do I ask him to watch over me when I sleep? No one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone.

Hat tip: Ivan Bailey.

55 responses to “Angels are for real, says Pope Francis”

  1. Matt Westwood says:

    @barriejohn: Yes but where did they get the idea for that particular image? Perhaps from the magnificent sight of a majestic pagan queen riding a war-chariot leading a nation in victory?

    My case rests. Angels are British! We rule not only the physical world, but also the spiritual!

  2. barriejohn says:

    Maybe Germanic:

    http://hmunro.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/brunhilde.jpg

    (You’d think twice before crossing swords with HER!)

  3. Paul Cook says:

    I wonder if frankie can answer why can’t these angels aren’t able to go fly to Iraq and Syria ?

  4. Norman Paterson says:

    Paul – I’m sure they can and do (yeah right) but it’s the old Free Will thing. These angels can only whisper very quietly and you can ignore them easily. And God can’t interfere with your FW. (Didn’t he mess with Pharoah’s free will? Er …)

    What I’d like to know is when Il Papa says something is “real,” what does he mean?

  5. Mark Mark says:

    Another bat-shit crazy pope, just what the catlicks need.