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The FRANCISCO POPE PRAISES GOD’S WITNESSES WORLDWIDE

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Moving – Pascom Porto Feliz: Catholic Conference discusses increasing Witnesses … What drives so many people to become Jehovah’s Witnesses? This was the question asked by some clerics, as shown by the following quotations. For example, in Bologna, Italy, the ecclesiastical authorities, with the approval of the pope, held a conference to discuss ways to combat the success of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Catholic Church raised a “cry of alarm”, the newspaper La Republica, because every year ten thousand Catholics become Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Jesuit Giuseppe De Rosa said that “the religious point of view the most dangerous are Jehovah’s Witnesses. They come fully trained, and always have the Bible in hand.”

In an article that deals specifically with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica said:

“The first reason for the spread of this movement are the propaganda techniques [ie, in preaching]. On the one hand, the work is thorough, carried from house to house by people who are strictly trained in this work, and are deeply convinced [ …] ”

“The second reason for the success of TJs is the force of attraction of Jehovah’s message, because it can meet the needs, demands and expectations of the people of our time. First, answers the need for certainty, which is much appreciated at a time where everything is uncertain and unstable. […] Above all, it is an absolutely safe revelation of the future and, therefore, all who accepted, experience freedom from fear and anxiety and can face the future with joy, with ensuring that survive the destruction that will come the great day of God’s judgment on a wicked world, to live in eternal happiness on earth. Second, Jehovah’s message helps to overcome the concern of the individual against the woes of this world, announces that soon will end the unbearable situation of today, and soon, so there will be a new era will be born a new world in which all the wicked will be removed now triumph. […] ”

“The third reason for the success of TJs is that this movement gives its members a precise identity and strong, and is a place where they were greeted with warmth and a sense of brotherhood and solidarity.”

The Vatican document analyzed the needs of people today, and the quote above the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica showed that the message of Jehovah’s Witnesses meet those needs. This also showed Vittorio Messori Catholic writer in his recent book Scommesse sulla morte (a bet on death), who writes: “It makes us think that Jehovah’s Witnesses, is one of the religious denominations of the fastest growing in the world. It is among the religions that are practiced in many countries and perhaps […] is first in terms of fervor, zeal, activism, the ability to make proselytes. ” “And his presence, increasingly pronounced, is not limited to Christian tradition countries, but reaching the whole world, where in the name of Jehovah, and before long, they get results that are superior to those of Catholic missionaries, Protestants and Orthodox, who have worked for centuries. ”

“This stunning expansive force is incomprehensible only to those who simply do not want to admit that […] course in how to understand the Bible, Jehovah’s Witnesses meet the real needs that other theologies do not meet.” “You can not get around the issue suggesting that the growth of witnesses is because they scare people is precisely the opposite:. Unlike the churches” official “, deny the existence of hell and preach the destruction, disappearance after death to the wicked and unbelieving. This may be an unpleasant prospect, but certainly less frightening than the threat of a terrible pain for all eternity. “Yes, the God of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a loving God, and not one that terrorizes the people .

The following quote is the Catholic magazine Mondo ERRE March 1986: “It must be said that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the first to live the faith they preach: Do not IRAM, do not smoke, do not accumulate wealth, remain outside the political discussions […] pay taxes. They live a virtuous and honest life, they are happy and helpful. All this has made people appreciate the ”
I’m glad to know that they have had success in evangelizing them my family is Catholic more from small learn to admire their work in all the earth ….

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This is not new. See the Awake of March 22, 1987, page 5.

When did Pope Francis do this? Which Catholic conference was it? As will become apparent, Pope Francis did no such thing.  Alan Murdock has pointed out that this is old news. The catholicsay ar

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"The God of Jehovah's Witnesses" hahaha............pity they do not realize it is the same God that is mentioned in the Douay, or any other version of the Bible...........just because the chose to remove Jehovah's name from the versions that "imitation Christians" use......how true are the words of Jesus recorded at Matthew 15:9 (these religious leaders have not changed since that 1st Century.) It also brings to mind the words of the apostle Paul at 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Colossians 2:8

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10 hours ago, John Lindsay Barltrop said:

"The God of Jehovah's Witnesses" hahaha............pity they do not realize it is the same God that is mentioned in the Douay, or any other version of the Bible...........just because the chose to remove Jehovah's name from the versions that "imitation Christians" use......how true are the words of Jesus recorded at Matthew 15:9 (these religious leaders have not changed since that 1st Century.) It also brings to mind the words of the apostle Paul at 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Colossians 2:8

Just wondering. Do you feel that the King James, Byington's, and the American Standard are Bible's for "imitation Christians?"

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Byington and American standard versions use Jehovah's name in the Hebrew Scriptures, however the King James Version used to have the Divine name in four places, but this has been discontinued for many years, it also contains several spurious passages e.g. Matthew 17:21; 18:11; 23:14; Mark 7:16; 9:44, 46; 11:26; 15:28; Luke 17:36; 23:17; John 5:4; Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29; and Romans 16:24. (The American Standard Version also includes these verses)

Whilst I do not know of many (personally none - apart from JW's as a comparison text) who use the Byington translation of the Bible..........most people that I have managed to get to produce their Bible have either King James, Douay or New Jerusalem Bibles with a smattering of Bibles in modern English and they do not contain the Divine name. Of course we always use the New World Translation and we also encourage any studies that we may have to use it as well. Not forgetting of course that on electronic devices we can show an interested person not only how the NWT renders a particular verse , but, how selected other translations render the same verse........also handy for personal Bible study.
 

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On 9/27/2016 at 9:54 AM, Kurt said:

The FRANCISCO POPE PRAISES GOD’S WITNESSES WORLDWIDE ... 

...  Catholic Conference discusses increasing Witnesses

When did Pope Francis do this? Which Catholic conference was it? As will become apparent, Pope Francis did no such thing. 

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The Catholic Church raised a “cry of alarm”, the newspaper La Republica, because every year ten thousand Catholics become Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Alan Murdock has pointed out that this is old news. The catholicsay article goes on to copy much of the March 22, 1987 Awake! article verbatim.

Given how old the information is, the 10,000 figure attributed to La Republica will reflect peak numbers of converts in the 1970s and '80s. If anyone's that interested, they can access Yearbooks from that period online to check the numbers being baptized. But it has to be said that firstly, not all who were baptized would have been Catholics (e.g. what about all the homegrown JW children?) and secondly, there have only been about 4,000 or 5,000 baptisms per year in more recent times.

On 9/27/2016 at 9:54 AM, Kurt said:

In an article that deals specifically with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica said: ...

The Awake! provides a more specific reference ...

In an editorial dealing specifically with Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Jesuit magazine La Civiltá Cattolica of February 18, 1984, wrote: [etc.]

[bold emphasis mine]
 

... and here is the original online, for any Italian speakers here - scroll to pp. 313f.

La Civiltà cattolica, Issues 3205-3210, 1984, 'I Testimoni di Geova'

 

 

 

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