Pope, in year-end message, says 2017 was marred by war and lies

Pope Francis arrives to lead the First Vespers and Te Deum prayer in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
Pope Francis arrives to lead the First Vespers and Te Deum prayer in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

December 31, 2017

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions.

At his last public event of the year, an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff said that humanity had “wasted and wounded” the year “in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices”.

While war was the most obvious sign of “unrepentant and absurd pride”, many other transgressions had caused “human, social and environmental degradation”.

“We must take responsibility for everything before God, our brothers and our creation,” he said.

While the pope did not mention any specific events from 2017, he had made his voice heard on many of the world’s biggest issues over the course of the year.

In April, Francis condemned the “unacceptable massacre” of innocent civilians in a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Just a month ago, he visited Myanmar, where more than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya people have been forced from their homes and into neighboring Bangladesh, speaking with authorities in an attempt to mitigate the crisis.

The pope also sought to encourage peace in Colombia during a trip in September and lobbied U.S. President Donald Trump to address climate change issues in May. Amid heightening tensions between North Korea and the West, Francis expressed concern about nuclear arsenals.

At the end of the service, Francis walked across St. Peter’s Square, stopping to shake hands and pose for pictures, as he paid a brief visit to the life-size nativity set up outside.

On Jan. 1, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics will say a Mass to mark the Church’s World Day of Peace.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer, editing by Larry King)

  • randal varry

    the pope is the biggest lie

  • Tango Uniform

    He was referring to papal lies.

  • ShemSilber2

    For your information, I’m not a Christian. The Master Yahusha (the one Christians call ‘Lord Jesus’ but have very little understanding of) invited me out of that pool of quicksand and planted me elsewhere.

    Did you know that all those fairy tales out there are designed by the devil to fool and confuse people? You are no exception, either, for you believe the fairy tale of science that is falsely so called, so don’t feel lonesome.

    A man is a fool who puts his trust in men of any sort, even IF they appear to be intelligent beings.

    No, I am not childhood indoctrinated. The Master Yahusha invited me OUT of religion in order to learn a few facts of life. TRUTH TRUMPS RELIGION, every time, in the Name of the Master Yahusha, amein.

  • youareok100

    All the Pope worries about yet the one thing he can act on are the world wide pedophile priests he has always protected

    • ShemSilber2

      Sad but true, for this has always been one of the devil’s favorite playgrounds, and it gives me the shivers to think how it will end, when the Master Yahusha (Lord Jesus) casts the whole thing into Gei-Hinnom, the lake of fire that He made for the devil and his fellow demons (Matthew 25:41).

      Blessed are all those who turn from evil and to the Master Yahusha for His makeover and for everlasting life, amein.

  • ShemSilber2

    Among other things, President Trump has already addressed the climate change agenda of the globalists. He has plainly told the truth about it, for their agenda is just like Pharaoh Barry’s, looking to further the NWO agenda that would declare us NOT a sovereign nation, but subservient to the same false god that they worship, who is “the god of this world” (2Corinthians 4:4), “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), a.k.a. Allah, the false god of Mo-HAM-MUD, the old peccary in the hog wallow of Islam.

    We need the guidance and strength of the Master Yahusha (Lord Jesus) to make it through these Dark Ages and to take us on into the Age to Come, when He shall have set His throne in Jerusalem, Israel and begun the REAL peace process that will put all war to an end.

    Amein, even so come, Master Yahusha, amein!

  • Kim Lee

    It is estimated by top historians and linguistics that the Church started by Constantine in the 2nd CE. Not the fiction character St. Peter. Killed over 600 million in the name of Jesus during 2000 years of Christian terror. The Vatican also supplied Vatican passports for all of Hitler’s officers and himself so that they could travel freely in So. American. This just another man that has nothing at all to say at all. To be a Catholic is the same as being a member of the NAZI party . ……..Religion is truly the sickness of mankind.

    • ShemSilber2

      Amein! Religion is so permeated with the devil’s lies, layer upon layer of smoke and mirrors to keep the people in a state of confusion and deceit. That is a main problem that the Master Yahusha (Lord Jesus) will deal with when He comes judging and making war in righteousness (Revelation 19:11) until He makes the kingdoms of this world the Kingdom of Yahuwah and of His Messiah (Revelation 11:15). All His enemies will become His footstool (Psalm 110), and He will administer peace and prosperity on the earth from His throne in Jerusalem, ISRAEL. His government will be truly FOR the people instead of against them, as virtually all governments are.

      Praises to Yahuwah in the Name of the Master Yahusha for giving us some relief from oppression that was coming from the White House until He put the Trump-Pence team in their, putting the brakes on the DNC destructiveness of America, amein!

      • Kim Lee

        What ever clown shoes

        • ShemSilber2

          You will either live to see it with your own eyes, or the Master Yahusha will raise you from the grave to see it, and it won’t be a religious experience, but a fact of life, says Yahuwah in the Name of the Master Yahusha, amein.

  • Shmacks Adventure

    Tax the tithe the church is given. 20% + from all those people and not taxed and have their own bank.. that’s shady. Where does this money go other than molesting? Shame on anyone still following this sham religion.

  • FromThe70s

    But the eight years that preceded it were what?

  • Hottotrote

    And 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 had lies from the Pop & war somewhere in the world as well. So what is his point?

  • Doom

    Biggest lie is the communist atheist posing as a Catholic Pope.

  • Jim

    Maybe the Pope can order up some warm weather for a large portion of the freezing US. The climate change crowd must be extremely happy to have the warmth afforded by fossil fuels right now.

    • All American

      I was a Catholic nearly all of my life. 9 Years in Parochial School the whole 9 yards.
      Our new granddaughter was visiting us for her first time at our home in Texas.
      I was so excited!! I asked our parish priest if he would Baptized her. He declined advising that the parents must belong to the parish and must attend classes. Then there were tge Godparents…
      Well we didn’t have time for that but there was no room in his book to flex.
      I worked with a Holy Ghost Reborn Christian and was sharing my story with her. She said “let me ask my pastor if he will Baptize your granddaughter and I will get back to you.”
      Well guess what that pastor jumped at the opportunity to Baptize our grandbaby. On the day of her Baptism that pastor ended up baptizing our entire family!
      From that point we left the catholic church and have never looked back or returned to the catholic church. I respect the Catholic Church and to each his own, live and let live we all make personal choices that suit our lives.

  • Dear Pope: Quit pushing globalism.

    • Pezgun


  • ja ko

    Pope should be prosecuted for treason to Christianity

  • NotSure

    It is rare that I agree with the Popes comments and that title holds no special place in my heart, it is kinda nice when that happens.

  • TwitterFace

    Yeah, the Pope himself told some real doozies.

  • Richard McMeekin

    I have been a lifelong Protestant since 1936 when I first went to Sunday School. I won’t argue some controversial issues on which Pope Frances has spoken out have not found widespread public agreement, particularly among Catholic friends of mine.

    Before beginning his Seminary studies he was a Nightclub Bouncer in one of the toughest and meanest bars in Argentina. So put away the conjecture he is some kind of wimp! He is not afraid to stand up for that in which he believes.

    Also since assuming his Papal duties he has refused to live in the almost royal fashion his predecessors have opted to do; instead chosen humble spaces in which to reside. This man is highly educated yet a down-to-earth tell-it-like-it-is Pontiff. I will die a lifelong Protestant and as such I respect him even though I don’t agree with all things he says. Amen? AMEN!

  • Another Deplorable

    And if you had just kept silent all we would have had to contend with would have been war.

  • Caddolakeguy

    It was also marred by a “liberation theology” South American priest that got elected Pope.

    • Maulerman

      Everyone should remember he is a Jesuit and liberal pushing liberal agenda. Not a true Pope but a plant by the NWO.

      • All American

        Agree wholeheartedly

  • C B

    Sadly , the Pope did not message Jesus before blathering negatively against POTUS and America .

    • ShemSilber2

      When the pope comes before the judgment seat of the Master Yahusha (Lord Jesus), it will very likely to hear the judgments against him, along with all the other popes, beginning with Simon the magician, the enemy and very likely the impersonator of Simon Peter. It is impossible that Simon Peter was the first pope, and quite likely that it was Simon the magician instead, and they never recovered from that initial apostasy. This is part of the swamp that the Master Yahusha will be draining when He returns to rule the earth in perpetuity, when He has restored the Kingdom of United Israel and made it the final and eternal world-ruling government.

      HalleluYAH and amein!

      • C B

        Works for me ………

  • Legion

    I do not recognize any spiritual authority in Pope Francis and I denounce him as head of the Catholic Church! He does NOT represent me or my faith!!

  • shafawn

    Pope Francis is a Marxist Communist globalist anti-Christ.

  • Sinthrax

    This guy is no pope. He is a liberal propaganda machine, just like MSNBC. No difference between him and Maddow.

    • Maulerman

      Agree completely.

  • RuthAnn40

    As a catholic, I’m embarrassed by this pope — everything he says is politically motivated. Nothing about him is the least bit religious; like Pope John Paul. He was the best!

    • Legion

      Agreed.. bless you for speaking the truth!

      • RuthAnn40

        You’re welcome. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Maulerman

      As a Catholic I agree with u completely.

      • Independentconservative

        As me, i say hail satan.

      • RuthAnn40

        Thank you! Happy New Year to you and yours…….
        I know 2018 will be a stellar year for us conservatives & liberals alike, but they’ll never admit it 🙂

    • mark abby

      Thought I was the only one thinking that. I was raised a Roman Catholic but became an atheist many years ago. I do agree that previous popes were much less political. This pope doesn’t like president Trump and he has let it be known. At least we have a say in who our leaders will be, unlike the Vatican.

      Also this pope preaches about equality yet I see no women being considered as a pope. This pope preaches that wealthy nations should give generously to poorer nations, yet the Vatican is one of the richest countries on earth. The Vatican also protects their pedophiles who molest young boys, but then preaches homosexuality is a sin.

      Too much hypocrisy from the Vatican for my liking

      • ShemSilber2

        This is one of the faults of human nature, that we see evil in what we thought once was good and proper, and then deny the Creator who gave us free will. As Psalms 14 and 53 both say, the fool has said in his heart that there is no God, no Almighty Yahuwah who made us mortal to give us opportunity to choose everlasting life through the washing away of our sins by the atoning blood of the Master Yahusha (Lord Jesus) and to be assured of everlasting life by His resurrection. That’s not religion, but a fact of life, that we don’t have to be discouraged by the wicked, for Yahuwah will deal with them in proper time, when these days of trial and testing are over, in Yahusha’s Name, amein.

      • RuthAnn40

        You’re spot on! I couldn’t have said it any better.
        Happy New Year to you and yours…….

  • Terri Fischer

    Biggest lie you are a real pope not just a plant

  • DrMitoFit

    The Bible says God controls weather (great flood, parting of the Red Sea, curses of Egypt, etc). Why is it then that God can’t lower the Earth’s temperature by a measily single degree? The Vatican was behind wars such as the Crusades and Inquisitions and claimed neutrality during WWII, instead of condemning fascisim. This Pope made abortion forgivable. Don’t see how this ultra-liberal Pope can take the moral high ground.

    • Legion

      The Crusades were fully justified and righteous .. the Inquisitions were horribly wrong on the other hand.

    • “The” Bobguy

      Why did the Vatican help some of Hitler’s cohorts get out of Europe as WWII ended? Makes no sense but it happened.

      • All American

        Why did they scourge and crucify Jesus!

      • mark abby

        Same reason this pope said Trump was wrong for saying Jerusalem is the Capitol of Israel. The Roman Catholic religion has taught that it was Jews who were responsible for the crusifiction of Jesus. I remember that from my early years in a Catholic school taught by nuns.

        • RuthAnn40

          In reality we know it was the Romans who killed Jesus..

    • Maulerman

      Agree completely.

    • All American

      We are no longer slaves to fear, we are the children of God🙌🏻

  • whoselineisitanyway

    He is the False Prophet!

  • Arnold Maize

    My opinion of Pope Francis is that he is a huge disappointment. He should not be on the world’s stage.

    • mark abby

      Amen. (Pun intended)

  • Robert Adams

    How about liberal indifference from the Vatican?

  • Mr Gerald Dickerson

    I am the Vicker of the Pope. What he is really saying is 2017 was a normal year.