Tuesday 6 December 2016

Pope’s message gives hope for us all

Published 27/05/2013 | 05:00

* Recently, Pope Francis said: "The Lord redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ, not just Catholics. Everyone."

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Before popes were around, another emperor, atheist, statesman and philosopher said much the same thing: "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by.

"If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." Marcus Aurelius AD 121-180.

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