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’.”
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.