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Pope Francis' reflections: Bible
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placeholder March 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA
Letters from Readers
Pope Francis' reflections
Bible best defense against Satan
When temptation comes your way, don't try to "dialogue" or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible. "Remember this at times of temptation, in our temptations: No arguments with Satan; defend yourselves with the word of God. … Jesus knows well that you can't dialogue with Satan because he is so cunning." Each time Satan tempted Jesus in the desert— asking him to transform stones into bread, throw himself from the top of the temple and see if angels would rescue him, or worship Satan in exchange for earthly power — Jesus responds by reciting Scripture. "He doesn't dialogue with Satan like Eve" did in the Garden of Eden. — CNS

Pope Francis speaking in
St. Peter's Square, March 9.


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