In a meeting with children and young people from Saint Crispin’s parish in Viterbo, the pope said that the devil is “the ruler of the pagan spirit” and “the lord of evil,” while urging them to resist his wiles through prayer and recourse to Jesus.
In a spirited dialogue with the group, Francis asked question after question regarding the devil and how he attempts to separate us from God. “The devil! But the devil is a fantasy, he does not exist, right?” the pope asked teasingly. “Isn’t he just an old wives’ tale?” “Yes, he exists, it’s true, and he is our biggest enemy,” he agreed with them. “He is the one who tries to make us slip up in life. He is the one who puts bad desires and bad thoughts in our hearts and leads us to do bad things, many bad things in life, ending with war.”
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