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Pope Benedict XVI, reaching out to disillusioned Catholics across Europe, ended a three-day Austria pilgrimage Sunday with a Mass in Vienna and a stop at a medieval abbey that drew tens of thousands of cheering faithful.
Driving rain that had drenched pilgrims and Benedict's entourage since his arrival on Friday fell intermittently, forcing about 20,000 believers in throwaway plastic raincoats to huddle beneath umbrellas as they packed the square outside Vienna's downtown St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Benedict pressed believers to cling to their faith. "We need a relationship that sustains us, that gives direction and content to our lives," he said.
In his homily, the pope also urged the faithful to set aside Sundays to devote themselves to Christ's teachings and "create oases of selfless love in a world where so often only power and wealth seem to count for anything."...
Jim I believe it is safe to say that we ought to pray that our Roman Catholic friends, family and neighbors become utterly disillusioned with this false Religion that has so lied to them about Jesus Christ and the Great Salvation they could know and have in Him alone, that God might grant them godly sorrow unto repentance and bring His Holy Written Word into their lives with such understanding and conviction that they cannot help but renounce totally the false religion of Catholicism and call upon the Name of the Lord to save them, even if the Roman Catholic Church would turn on them and persecute them as it has other believers in the past and probably is still doing in various places even now.