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Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57594227/vatican-get-time-off-in-purgatory-by-following-pope-on-twitter/


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Yes people you heared it hear that you can get Time Off In Purgatory for Twittering.

Vatican: Get time off in purgatory by following Pope on Twitter
CBS News

The Vatican is taking a modern approach to one of its oldest traditions, by offering indulgences to Twitter followers of the Pontifex's social media account.

Aware that some Catholics may not be able afford to travel to Brazil, where World Youth Day is being held from July 23-28, and perhaps also in an effort to modernize himself, Pope Francis is making this first-time offer to the faithful who follow the events in Rio de Janeiro online.

Under Catholic belief, after confessing and being absolved of sin, the indulgences granted reduce the amount of time one spends in purgatory, where one's sins are weighed after death. Under the Pope's new offer, those who follow the week's events on the Twitter feed can get a speedier transit through purgatory, hopefully on the way to heaven.

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"The notion of indulgence is that you've already been forgiven for your sin, because you've gone to confession, at least in theory, but what it does is reduce the amount of time you have to spend in purgatory after you die to work off that sin," said Patrick Hornbeck, chair of the department of Theology at the University of Fordham in New York.

The concept of indulgences date back to the 1300s, when popes began to teach that because the church had the power from Christ to forgive sins, the church also had the power to reduce the amount of time one spent in purgatory, said Hornbeck.

"The way indulgences were originally conceived as is you do some kind of religious work. So you say a particular prayer, you go on pilgrimage to a particular place, you state a particular mass, or whatever that might be," said Hornbeck.

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"What's new about this announcement is the migration onto Twitter, and to say that's it's possible to follow these events in Brazil on World Youth Day through an electronic medium rather than going there yourself," said Hornbeck.

The decree, issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary -- the Vatican office that deals with indulgences -- also asked priests around the world to make themselves available to hear confessions of those who want the Indulgence and to encourage public prayers for the success of World Youth Day.

"This Pope has done a remarkable job of demonstrating how well aware he is of the way in which his younger audience, his younger followers, follow things and I think it totally makes sense that young Catholics would be much more likely to participate via social networking and social media rather than through traditional ways," said Hornbeck.

The Pope has almost 2.7 million followers on Twitter.

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As this forum is publicly visible.  Would it not make sense to show from the scriptures why this new 'provision' from the Pope isn't kosher as one would say? 


Let's break this down logically.  


First off, only ONE man can grant forgiveness of sins to another man.  That can only be done through our dear Lord, Saviour and reigning king Jesus Christ who with his blood bought our sins.   Matthew 20:28, Luke 2:11, Hebrews 9:12


Then on account of this mediation, the sins are forgiven by God himself.  1 Timothy 2:5 - For there is one God, and one mediator between God and mankind.  This mediator is identified as Jesus Christ, not the Pope.  


We know that God does not authorize men to forgive sins, and that only HE can do so.  1 John 1:9 says that if we confess the sins, God is faithful and righteous, so as to forgive them and cleanse us from all righteousness.  


Since the forgiveness can ONLY come from God, confessions should be made to him.  Additional action is required too in order before that forgiveness can occur.  Acts 3:19 says that we must repent, turn around so as to get our sins blotted out, that seasons of refreshing may come from Jehovah.   So we can see that there are a couple things us sinners can do, in order to obtain forgiveness.  We need to recognize it, confess it and TURN AWAY from it.  


Sometimes though we need extra help.  In openly confessing our sins to one another we may get healed, because in James 5:16 it says that when a righteous man supplicates (begs Jehovah for his forgiveness) this has much force.  Those in the Christian congregation who are living righteously can assist those who want to gain God's forgiveness.  Now this doesn't mean THEY can forgive that person, however they are spiritually qualified to reprove and help a person to readjust when they're guilty of a serious sin.  They can even assist him to help him recognize the gravity of his sin and the need for repentance.  Galatians 6:1.  


All of this wonderful information above, I rewrote from the following link.  http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2010648


If we hope to really please God, then we should know first and foremost that he wants US to come to him FIRST, in order to be reconciled to him. James 4:8 - Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.  


*Hmmn, I have a twitter account......I should go post this there...*





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Sorry about the source thingy. I know you gots my back.

If that's not crazy enough. He is planning a trip to Brazil and WILL NOT USE THE POPEMOBILE. The Popemobile is bullet proof and it cost the chuch a pretty penny to make it like that. The reason for no vehicle? The pontiff said he wants to be close to the masses. I see a black cloud over this guy.

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