Pope Francis scolded people who consider themselves practising Christians, but who turn to fortune telling, psychic readings and tarot cards.
True faith means abandoning oneself to God “who makes himself known not through occult practices but through revelation and with gratuitous love,” the pope said during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square.
Departing from his prepared remarks, the pope called out Christians who seek reassurance from practitioners of magic.
“How is it possible, if you believe in Jesus Christ, you go to a sorcerer, a fortune teller, these types of people?” he asked. “Magic is not Christian! These things that are done to predict the future or predict many things or change situations in life are not Christian. The grace of Christ can bring you everything! Pray and trust in the Lord.”
At the audience, the pope resumed his series of talks on the Acts of the Apostles, reflecting on St Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, a “famous centre for the practice of magic.” In the city, St Paul baptised many people, and drew the ire of the silversmiths who made a business of crafting idols.
Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 4th December 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).