He said that people of other religions were also praying for peace, and – departing from his prepared text – he urged atheists to join forces with believers.
“I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace,” he said, drawing sustained applause from the crowd.
I like this new Pope, but this grates a bit. Wow, even non-believers are welcome at the Peace Table? Yay! How lovely to have his permission to want a peaceful world. Perhaps he didn’t mean it quite that way (or maybe his interpreter mangled the phrasing), but he is the spokesman for an entire religion and his words carry weight. But at least he’s saying a lot of other great stuff that goes against the traditional grain, so you have our forgiveness, Mr. Pope. 🙂