Obama joins the Pope, says World Must Unite regardless of religion

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The terrorist bombings in Belgium on Tuesday are “another reminder we must unite” in the fight against terrorism, President Obama said before a speech to the Cuban people here this morning.

“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friends in Belgium,” Obama said.

“We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people,” he said. “We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible,” Obama said.

“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together regardless of nationality, or race, or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”

What does the Pope say?

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With rapid steps we are approaching this period. When Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power in sustaining a false religion, for opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution, then will the papal Sabbath be enforced by the combined authority of church and State. There will be a national apostasy, which will end only in national ruin.

When the State shall enforce the decrees and sustain the institutions of the church, then will Protestant America have formed an image of the Papacy. Then the true church will be assailed by persecution as were God’s people in ancient times. Almost every century furnishes instances of what human hearts, controlled by rage and malice, can do under a plea of serving God by protecting the rights of the church and State. The Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliances with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. How many non-conformist ministers have suffered under the power of the Church of England! Persecution always follows a restriction of religious liberty on the part of secular governments.

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