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Church is faced with 'Messianic' temptations, pope says

'Success, power, dominion not the way of the cross'

22 February, 14:21
Church is faced with 'Messianic' temptations, pope says (ANSA) - Vatican City, February 22 - Even the Catholic Church is faced with Messianic temptations of power just as Jesus was in the desert, Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday. "Jesus found himself exposed to danger and faced with the temptation of the evil one who offered him a Messianism far afield from God's plan, through success and power and dominion, and not the way of the cross," said the pontiff in a reference to the Gospels. The same is faced "by the Church and us believers," he added. According to the New Testament Book of Luke, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness, at which point the Devil offered him all the kingdoms of the world in exchange for his allegiance, but Christ refused.

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