Pope Francis has said that human intelligence is no match for the Devil.

“One must never converse with Satan – if you do that, you’ll be lost,” the Pope told an Italian television channel, in remarks translated by the Daily Telegraph.

The Devil, Francis said, is “more intelligent than us. He always pretends to be polite, that’s how he enters your mind, but it ends badly if you don’t realise what is happening in time. [We should tell him] go away!”

The Pope has given several similar warnings. His first homily as Pope quoted Léon Bloy: “He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the Devil.”

In another homily, during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, he said: “The Devil is intelligent: he knows more theology than all the theologians together.”

Pope Francis has also argued that the Devil can tempt humans down a path of materialism. On a 2015 trip to Paraguay, he said in a homily: “Friends, the Devil is a con artist. He makes promise after promise, but he never delivers…

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