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Pope says purported visions of Mary can lead people away from God

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Purported visions of Mary, if taken in the wrong spirit, can sow confusion and distance people from the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Curiosities distance people “from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and hope, from God’s glory and God’s beauty,” the pope said Nov. 14, 2013 during a homily at morning Mass in the Vatican guesthouse, where he lives.

“Jesus says that the kingdom of God doesn’t come in a way that attracts attention,” the pope said, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from Luke (17:20-25), in which the Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come.

Jesus answers that the “coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed,” and tells his disciples not to “run in pursuit” of signs of his second coming.

“Curiosity pushes us to want to hear that the Lord is here or over there, or it makes us say, ‘Well, I know a visionary who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady,'” the pope said.  But Mary is “not a postmaster of the post office sending out messages every day.”

“The kingdom of God is among us,” he said. “Don’t look for strange things, don’t seek novelties with this worldly curiosity.

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