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Title: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 04, 2018 - 10:58:18
Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication................................. ...........
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies........
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

The following quotes are from the link above, all emphasis mine.

Francis visited Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem during his three-day trip to the region from 24 to 26 May. The trip was announced during the Sunday Angelus on 5 January 2014.[5][6] Francis arrived in Jordan on 24 May and after meeting with King Abdullah II, celebrated mass at Amman International Stadium.[7] During his trip, Francis prayed at the Israeli West Bank barrier and also visited the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.[8] Francis concluded his tour by meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I to continue inter-faith dialogue with the Orthodox Church.[9]

Pope Francis arrived in Seoul Air Base on 14 August to start his five-day visit to South Korea on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day.[10] Upon arrival, Francis was greeted by South Korean President Park Geun-hye.[11] Afterwards, Francis held a private meeting with the families of victims of the MV Sewol ferry disaster.[12] He later made a speech in English, his first as Pope. Speaking at the Presidential Office in Seoul he said "I came here thinking of peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula." [13] Francis held the first public mass of his trip on 15 August in front of a 50,000 strong crowd at Daejeon World Cup Stadium where he asked Koreans to "reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers."[14] He beatified the first generation of 124 Korean Martyrs in Gwangwhamun Square on front of an estimated crowd of 800,000 people on 16 August.[15] Francis concluded his five-day visit with a Mass for peace and reconciliation of the divided Korean peninsula in Seoul's Myeongdong Cathedral.[16]

Pope Francis announced in his Angelus address on 15 June 2014 that he would make a one-day visit to the city of Tirana in Albania. He said: "With this brief visit, I want to confirm the Church of Albania in the faith, and bear witness to my encouragement and love for a country that has suffered for so long in consequence of the ideologies of the past".[17] Security concerns were raised in the days before the visit after Iraqi governmental officials warned they had received intelligence reports suggesting Islamic fundamentalists may be planning an attempt on the Pope's life while in Albania.......................[18]

During his stay, he met Albanian President Bujar Nishani, celebrated mass in Mother Teresa square in Tirana, and met with religious leaders, including those of the Muslim, Orthodox, Bektashi, Jewish and Protestant faiths. He also honored those persecuted under the rule of former communist dictator Enver Hoxha. Some 130 Christian clergy died in detention or were executed during the 1944-1985 dictatorship of Hoxha, who declared Albania the world's first atheist state in 1967. Pictures of some of the priests persecuted or executed during the period were hung in Tirana's main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard ahead of the pope's visit. Albania has since seen a revival of Catholicism partly owing to the popularity of Mother Teresa, who had Albanian origins despite being born in what is now Macedonia.[19]

Pope Francis made a four-hour visit, the shortest made by any pope abroad, to Strasbourg on 25 November 2014, where he addressed the European Parliament and the Council of Europe raising issues such as the dignified treatment of immigrants arriving illegally in Europe and better conditions for workers.[20]

Pope Francis accepted an invitation to visit Turkey at the behest of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in September 2014. This invitation also came from Patriarch Bartholomew I in order to commemorate the feast day of Saint Andrew.[21] Francis arrived at Esenboğa International Airport in Ankara on 28 November where he was met by Turkish dignitaries before he traveled to Anıtkabir, laying a wreath in memory of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.[22] Francis then traveled to the Presidential Palace where he met with President Erdoğan and gave a speech urging interfaith dialogue to counter fanaticism and fundamentalism and called for a renewed Middle-East peace push, saying the region had "for too long been a theatre of fratricidal wars".[23] The following day, Francis visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul where he prayed silently alongside senior Islamic clerics.[24] Francis concluded his visit with a liturgy in the Church of St. George alongside Bartholomew I, asking for his blessing "for me and the Church of Rome" and also urging the re-unification between the two Churches, telling the Orthodox faithful gathered in St George's that "I want to assure each one of you gathered here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic Church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith".[25]

In the course of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis met President Rafael Correa, visited with priests and seminarians, paid a private visit to a Jesuit priest friend, visited a home for the elderly in Quito and a shrine in the town of El Quinche. His last Mass in Ecuador drew about 1.5 million people.[39] Arriving in Bolivia on 8 July, Pope Francis was received by President Evo Morales at El Alto International Airport near La Paz. In his speech after arrival the pope said among other: "Bolivia is making important steps towards including broad sectors in the country’s economic, social and political life. Your constitution recognizes the rights of individuals, minorities and the natural environment, and provides for institutions to promote them." Later during the meeting in Government palace Morales awarded Pope Francis with the highest Bolivian state decoration, the Grand Cross of the Order of the Condor of the Andes and with the State decoration of Luís Espinal Camps, named after a Jesuit priest and activist known for his commitment to the disadvantaged people of the country, who was murdered by paramilitary forces in March 1980 for his defense of them.

On 19 September 2015 Pope Francis departed aboard an Alitalia A330 (Shepherd One) from Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, to Havana's José Martí International Airport where he arrived to an official Welcoming Ceremony. The next day, he was the principal celebrant at a Papal Mass at the Plaza de la Revolución in Havana at 9:00, before he paid a courtesy visit to the President of the Council of State and of the Council of Ministers of the Republic at Palacio de la Revolución in Havana. His day ended with celebrations of Vespers with priests, men and women religious, and seminarians, at the Cathedral of Havana, and a greeting to the young people of the "Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela" in Havana during the early evening...........................[52]

On Wednesday, 23 September, the pope met with President Barack Obama at the White House. It was the third visit by a pope to the White House, following meetings between Jimmy Carter and Pope John Paul II in October 1979 and George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008...........................[53]

On Thursday, 24 September, Pope Francis gave an address to a Joint session of the United States Congress, the first Supreme Pontiff to do so. He followed that with a visit to St. Patrick's Church, the oldest parish church in Washington. The church was founded in 1794.[54] He also visited the Washington, D.C. local Catholic Charities office. He then flew from Washington, to New York City. After arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, he took part with New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan in Evening Vespers (part of the Liturgy of the Hours), at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

On Friday, 25 September, Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly. It was the fifth address by a Pope to the U.N. General Assembly, following appearances by Pope Paul VI in October 1965, Pope John Paul II in October 1979 and October 1995, and Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008.

On Saturday, 26 September, Pope Francis traveled from New York to Philadelphia, where he was welcomed by city and state leaders and Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. He celebrated a Papal Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. He visited Independence Mall in the afternoon, and the Festival of Families of the 2015 World Meeting of Families[55] in the early evening. The Pope's visit concluded on Sunday, 27 September, with a Papal Mass in the afternoon. After a departure ceremony, he departed on a jet for Rome and the Vatican.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 04, 2018 - 11:14:22
Continued -

On Wednesday, 25 November, Pope Francis arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi aboard an Alitalia A330 ("Shepherd One") at approximately 4:32 pm EAT, about 30 minutes ahead of schedule, where he was welcomed by members of the Government of Kenya, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, and a number of Catholic bishops, led by Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi. A band of traditional dancers also performed while the pope arrived.[63] Pope Francis and his entourage then headed to the State House, where he was honored with a 21-gun salute and a guard of honour from the Kenya Army, before holding private talks with President Kenyatta and other government officials. There, he also met with former presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki, as well as the Kenyatta family.[64] After the meetings, President Kenyatta and Pope Francis each addressed the nation from the lawn of the State House. During his 11-minute speech, the pope touched on the importance of the youth and the environment, addressing poverty and inequality, reconciliation, and peace.[65][66] After, Pope Francis boarded his popemobile and headed to the Apostolic Nunciature in Westlands, Nairobi, his residence during his visit in Kenya.............................[67]

After his speech, Pope Francis headed to the United Nations Office at Nairobi, where he delivered a speech addressing the staff on climate change ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, saying that "it would be 'catastrophic' if particular interests prevailed over the common good of people and the planet or if the conference were manipulated by business interests" and urging world leaders at the conference to reach an agreement over the limitations of carbon footprint and environmental degradation.[74][75] He also warned Africans on the effects of ivory trade and conflict resource to Africa's natural environment, linking the illegal trafficking activities to organized crime and terrorism.[76][77]

Pope Francis, on 7 June 2014, accepted an invitation to visit Mexico at the behest of the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. In October 2015 it was confirmed by the Vatican spokesman that the pope would travel to Mexico in early 2016. It was also confirmed that Pope Francis would visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.[96][97] On 1 November 2015, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, confirmed the pope's visit and said the pope would arrive on 12 February 2016.[98] It was confirmed that, besides Mexico City, Pope Francis would also visit the cities of Ecatepec, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, San Cristobal de las Casas, Morelia and Ciudad Juárez.[99]

President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia extended an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit Armenia in 2015, which the pontiff readily accepted, expressing his sincere desire to visit the country. No date was given for the visit.[104] It was confirmed in 2015 that the pope would visit Armenia sometime in 2016.[105] The visit was originally believed to take place in April, but in February 2016 was reported to potentially take place in September with corresponding visits to Azerbaijan and Georgia.[106] In March 2016, the Vatican made it clear that a potential visit to Armenia was likely to take place in the latter half of June, though was still in initial planning stages.[107] It was announced in a press bulletin of 9 April 2016 that the pope would visit Armenia from 24 to 26 June after formally accepting the invitations extended to him.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi invited the pope to visit the nation in November 2014, when the pair met; the pope agreed to the visit. Pope Tawadros II also invited the pope to visit. The official ambassador delivered a formal invitation to the pope in June 2015.[111] It was announced on 18 March 2017 that the pope would indeed visit Egypt from 28 to 29 April.

Pope Francis visited Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017,[112] as "a messenger of peace".[113] On his first day in Egypt, he arrived in Cairo and met with President Sisi.[114] He later attended a peace conference at Al Azhar University in Cairo and met with various religious leaders,[115][116] including the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Muhammad Ahmed al-Tayeb and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Pope Tawadros II.[117][115] At the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, which was bombed in Palm Sunday 2017 and serves as Tawadoros' Seat, the two popes signed a joint declaration which mutually declaring "not to repeat the baptism that has been administered in either of our churches for any person who wishes to join the other".[118] He also held an ecumenical prayer service with Tawadros and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, which was bombed by terrorists on 11 December 2016.[119][120]

He arrived in Portugal on 12 May 2017 for a two-day visit after landing at Monte Real Portuguese Air Force base and was greeted by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.[124] The Pope then held a private meeting with Sousa before holding a service at the base's chapel.[124] He then traveled by helicopter to the Sanctuary of Fátima,[124] where he prayed in front of a statue of the Madonna and held an evening prayer in front of the tens of thousands of pilgrims at the Sanctuary's Chapel of the Apparitions.[124] He later presided over the traditional Blessing of the Candles in front of the Chapel's Our Lady of Fatima statue.[124] The next day, the Pope met with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and prayed in front of the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta Marto.[125] He then canonized both Francisco and Jacinta Marto as Catholic saints while presiding over a mass for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at the Sanctuary's Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary;[125] more pilgrims attending the mass were located in Basilica's large square.[125]

Pope Francis arrived at Bogota International Airport on 6 September and was greeted by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, First Lady Maria Rodriguez, and the apostolic nuncio to Colombia, Ettore Balestrero, at the airport's adjacent air base.[132] Randoms attendee also greeted him at the airport with many waiving white handkerchiefs to symbolize morale for the peace process.[133] The son of former Vice Presidential candidate Clara Rojas, who was born in 2004 when his mother was still under FARC captivity,[133] gave him a dove.[133] Many reported mobbed the Popemobile as it drove the Pope to the country's Vatican Embassy in Bogota and some tossed Francis flowers and held up children for him to kiss.[133]

On 7 September, Francis traveled from the Vatican Embassy to the Presidential Palace to endorse the peace in a message to President Santos and Colombia's political, cultural and economic elite

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Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 09:14:27

The Holy See Press Office confirmed the visit would take place in a bulletin issued on 28 August 2017. His trip to Myanmar occurred between 27 and 30 November and was followed by a trip to neighboring Bangladesh between 30 November and 2 December.[148] He was also the first Pope to visit Myanmar.[148] The full programme was finalized on 10 October,[149] and included trips to the capital city of Naypyidaw and Yangon[149] while in Myanmar and Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, on the second leg of Pope Francis' trip.[148] He held masses,[149] visited various sites such as the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and the local Mother Teresa House,[149] and met with various government officials of both countries,[149] including Htin Kyaw,[149] Aung San Suu Kyi,[149] and Abdul Hamid,[149] as well as with others such as Catholic clergy,[149] young people,[149] civic society members,[149] and the Supreme Council of Buddhist monks.[149]

On January 15, Francis arrived in Chile in the midst of a tense atmosphere due to the burning of various churches and the takeover of the Apostolic Nunciature by the National Association of Mortage Debtors, who protested the staggering cost of the pope´s visit. As a way to calm the rising tensions and welcome the pope without any major incidents, outgoing Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, asked for calm from pope's detractors.[154]

During the second day of his visit, Pope Francis had lunch with representatives of the various Mapuche communities as a way to calm the anger of the marginalized ethnic group, which called for violent protests upon his arrival. During the lunch meeting, the Mapuche representatives asked Francis to recognize the “Mapuche genocide”, and also asked him to speak to government representatives as a way to obtain reparations for the numerous deaths of their members through history.[154]

Another one of the big challenges that Francis faced in Chile was the low rate of credibility engulfing the Catholic Church due to the accusations of pedophilia. In the middle of this crisis, Fernando Karadima, known as “the lord of hell” came to light, because he is considered the most harmful religious sexual offender in Chile. The pope came to the defense of bishop of Osorno Juan Barros, accused of covering up the sexual abuse allegations against Karadima. The pontiff said “the day someone brings forth proofs against Juan Barros I will speak. There is not one proof against him, it´s all a smear campaign ¿is it clear?”[154][155] These words caused indignation for Karadima's victims.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 09:20:55

The following is a list of planned visits for this year, in which the Pope will no doubt meet with the leaders of said nations.

Ireland (22 to 26 August 2018)

Estonia,  Latvia, and  Lithuania (16 to 18 September 2018)

India (2018)

Romania (2018)

Panama (22 to 27 January 2019)
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 09:46:54

The following is a list of unscheduled visits in the making, in which the Pope will no doubt meet with the leaders of these nations as usual.

South Sudan


Czech Republic
















Dominican Republic


United Kingdom




United Arab Emirates




Cape Verde

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 10:04:52

Notice at the above link, there were no meetings between the Pope and US Presidents until 1919. Then watch the slow rise of such meetings over the last century concurrent to the slow rise of the number of Catholic politicians within this nation as well. Then ponder just how connected this is to the major changes and transformations that have been taking place within this nation at an apparent exponential rate, not to mention or be disconnected from the mass migrations of Catholics to this country during this same time, which continues to this day. Which for some reason, our heavily Catholic occupied and influenced government just can't seem to get a handle of. Who would have thought 50 to a 100 years ago, the Constitution would be viewed so negatively by so many, ignored by so many, and that one of our only two political parties would have become so very socialistic in nature? That our Congress and Presidents would be giving awards to the Pope of Rome, and inviting him to politically advise our entire federal government? We have been and continue to be overthrown from within.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 10:14:14

Once shunned, papal meetings with American presidents now the norm

WASHINGTON — Few relationships in U.S. political history have changed more over time than that between presidents and popes.

Once avoided, meetings with popes are now obligatory for American presidents, the latest being the Sept. 23 sit-down at the White House between President Obama and Pope Francis.

“It’s almost de rigueur that the president go to see the pope,” says Gerald Fogarty, professor of religious studies and history at the University of Virginia. It’s a vivid illustration of how the church and the United States have changed over the past two-plus centuries.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 10:20:49

Pope Francis, Iranian President meet face-to-face at the Vatican
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 18, 2018 - 10:22:46

The above link provides many videos of the Pope visiting with world leaders.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sat Feb 24, 2018 - 06:18:48

The Pope and Ronald Reagan, the President who reestablished diplomatic ties with the Vatican.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sat Feb 24, 2018 - 06:43:07

All emphasis in the following quotes is mine.

Another President, Another Pope

Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II set the standard for presidential-papal collaboration.

RONALD REAGAN AND POPE John Paul II were men of the same moment. They were both horrified by nuclear war, they both hated communism and the Soviet Union, they both had been shot but survived and they both forgave their assailants. They had also both been superior high school athletes and, curiously, both were actors before becoming the most important players on a world stage.

John Paul II was almost an afterthought after his predecessor, John Paul I, died unexpectedly after less than a month in office. Reagan of course had been a long shot all of his life. Both the president and the pope grew up poor, with no connections, but ended up being two of the greatest men of the 20 th century. They both had winning smiles and indomitable personalities. At his first remarks from the balcony of St. Peter's, the pope made clear what he thought of the Soviets. Reagan of course had been railing against communism for years.

As Washington this week celebrates the visit of Pope Francis, it's worth remember the first time a pontiff and a president worked together. Together with the daughter of a grocer, John Paul and Reagan defeated the greatest enemy to human freedom and dignity which ever existed..............................

They met many times and Reagan wrote often in his diaries of meeting with the pope to discuss world affairs. The pope, meantime, wrote in his first encyclical that religious freedom was the most important human right, a direct shot across the bow of the Soviets. He also immediately began to demote or ease out church officials who wanted to "accommodate" the Soviets.

Not all presidents and popes get along so well, nor alter history so dramatically. When President John Kennedy visited Pope Paul VI in 1963, he simply shook his hand rather than kissing the ring of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. JFK, the first Catholic president, was hypersensitive to the false charge that he put his loyalty to the church above his loyalty to the Constitution................................

The first president to meet with a pope was Woodrow Wilson, who had an audience with Benedict XV, but it wasn't until the Grand Alliance between John Paul II, Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, that a global strategy to defeat Soviet Communism was enacted which so alter and change the world.

Even during World War II, the concordat signed by Adolph Hitler and the Vatican which simply protected the rights of the church in Germany, opened up the false charge that the Vatican was pro-Nazi. Hence, the Allies and the church never effected a joint agreement against the Axis powers. The concordat was a narrow, self-protecting measure, but was seen by some as limiting the effectiveness of the church in fighting Nazism. The church never got the credit it deserved for being an early critic of Nazi Germany's anti-Semitism.

Though the United States had some sort of relations with the Vatican going back to Washington's time, it was Reagan who formalized diplomatic relations with the Holy See. Reagan sent an ambassador, a move which sparked criticism in some quarters, pleased American Catholics and the head of the Catholic Church, and, more importantly, helped sharpen the alliance.

For Reagan, there was nothing more important that the defeat of the Soviet Union and when it became clear the Vatican was joining in the fight against "Godless Communism," it must have sent shivers up the spines of the old collectivists in the Politburo. Reagan was mounting a counteroffensive against the Kremlin and the addition of the Vatican was crucial.

Reagan entered into an allegiance with Babylon the Great to defeat a common enemy. Only in the judgement will we know if he knew we were also the enemy of the church of Rome who would and has been attacking us from within with greater success since the door was opened by Reagan. Today, the papacy zeros in on defeating Capitalism and our Constitutional government from within by the large number of our politicians they can easily influence to these ends. As the book THE KEYS OF THIS BLOOD by Malachi Martin predicted, the papacy intends to be on top in the end. We are now the last obstacle for them to surmount in their quest for world domination. Thus the crumbling of our nation, its Constitution, and Capitalism as we lean ever increasingly towards socialism under ever increasing papal influence and political power.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 25, 2018 - 09:09:10

The following quotes are from the link above. All emphasis is mine, my comments and or quotes regarding the same in blue.

The Untold Story of John Paul II and Ronald Reagan: “Mary is central”

CWR:The title and subtitle don’t indicate it, but your book is many ways about a Marian apparition. In fact, it begins with an important event that took place 100 years ago. What was it? And why is it so central to your account of Pope John Paul II and President Reagan and their fight against Communism?

Dr. Paul Kengor: Mary is central. In fact, to that end, I have a confession to make. This began as a book about Ronald Reagan and John Paul II and Mikhail Gorbachev. When it was about those three men, with Mary central to the story, my personal-secret working title for the book was “Three Men and a Lady.” I eventually removed Gorbachev as the third man, though he’s still very much a major player. But the Lady, however, always remained—a hovering presence. And yes, she’s the Blessed Mother—or, even more pointedly, she’s Our Lady of Fatima.

I start the book with a dramatic opening: May 13, 1981. It was on that date that Pope John Paul II was shot. Of course, it was the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, dating back to the first Marian apparition in Fatima on May 13, 1917. John Paul II immediately was struck by the irony of those two dates. “Two thirteenths of May!” he said. He would come to see a direct connection, especially once he requested to see and then read the Third Secret of Fatima on July 18, 1981 when recovering in Gemelli Clinic from the shooting. As Father Dziwisz would later put it, “When he was finished [reading the Third Secret], all his remaining doubts were gone.” In Sister Lúcia’s vision, “he recognized his own destiny.” He became convinced that his life had been spared thanks to the intervention of Our Lady.

So, I start the story with May 13, 1981, and thus inevitably must next go back in time to May 13, 1917. The latter is my prologue and the former is chapter one of a 38-chapter book.

Mary’s presence in this story will not surprise Catholics and John Paul II aficionados, but it will surprise non-Catholics and Ronald Reagan aficionados. And all readers, Catholics and non-Catholics, will be a little shocked at the Reagan interest in not only Mary generally but Fatima specifically. I was certainly fascinated by it, and it’s something that I completely missed in Reagan’s faith story when I wrote God and Ronald Reagan in 2004, which was a year before I came into the Catholic Church.

Here we have a picture of the politics of this great nation, the papacy, and communism being affected and or manipulated by communications from the supposed dead. Which is simply to say the Devil, the prince of the powers that be of this world. All brought about through illicit political relations with the Church of Rome, BABYLON THE GREAT.  Global politics engaged in by this nation built upon Protestant principles, in cahoots with the very institution Protestantism protested which has changed none of her false doctrines or political ploys since then, at the behest of her communications with the dead through her false doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and exaltation of Mary. Is this not already the repudiation of all that the Protestant Reformation stood for? Yes it is.

The three fold union predicted at the end of this world has already existed for quite some time now. They just have not yet enforced the mark of the beast upon all. All the elements are already in place, apostate Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and spiritualism. Communications with and from the dead(spiritualism) dictating the policy of the other two. That is to say, Satan dictating the policy of apostate Protestantism and Roman Catholicism on the global political scale.

Rev 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation [the United States] will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.

Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience....

Papists, Protestants, and worldling will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.(MARANATHA, PAGE 190, The Threefold Union of Religion, July 1)

More from the same link in the next post.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Feb 25, 2018 - 09:58:34

I was so engrossed that I neglected to push the button on my handheld audio recorder. And there it began. We spent a lot of time on that issue. The original manuscript of my Clark biography for Ignatius Press included about 3,000 words on Reagan, Clark, and shooting of the Holy Father. To my disappointment, Clark asked that I remove this material from the manuscript. He didn’t know for sure whether the Soviets had ordered the shooting and thus didn’t want to go on the record. “I don’t want the focus of attention to be on a part of the book for which we are not absolutely sure and clear,” he told me.

Surprise surprise, the Jesuits are more than just involved.

Dr. Kengor: I learned that Moscow ordered the hit. It was organized by the Soviet GRU—that is, Soviet military intelligence—and with the approval, knowledge, and go-ahead of Yuri Andropov at the KGB. I’m not the first to report that, but I am the first to report that the CIA, under the careful direction of Bill Casey, launched a super-sensitive investigation and learned and confirmed the role of the Soviet GRU. I also learned that Casey briefed Reagan on this. I even give the exact date and time when I believe Casey briefed Reagan. Further, I was told that Casey briefed the Holy Father, who asked that this information be kept quiet. By this point—it was mid-1985—John Paul II saw no positive value in public affirming what everyone suspected anyway. Gorbachev had just been selected as general secretary, and John Paul II saw far more promising times ahead. I say much, much more on this in the book. That’s the longest chapter, actually. It’s too much to try to summarize here.

Here we see our hard earned tax dollars at work for the Vatican via CIA Director Bill Casey a Roman Catholic and graduate of Fordham University, a Jesuit institution. There is and has been several direct connections between our CIA and the Jesuits. So our politicians and our intelligence agencies have already been serving Rome for quite some time now.

Dr. Kengor: Two words: “Ave Maria.” Ronald Reagan picked that hymn to be sung at his funeral service at Washington National Cathedral in June 2005. He had picked it a decade earlier, before his mind started fading from Alzheimer’s. I found that choice utterly fascinating, as did Bill Clark, who was overwhelmed with tears as he heard it belted out by Ronan Tynan inside the cathedral that afternoon. We tried to figure out why Reagan picked that hymn. I asked Mrs. Reagan, Michael Reagan, even Ronan Tynan. I’ll let you read the book for possible answers to that and other Reagan interests in the Blessed Mother. In fact, get this: Reagan was interested not only in Fatima but even Medjugorje. He and one of the Medjugorje seers even tried to reach one another in 1987.

Also, I must add that Reagan had immense respect not only for John Paul II but the Roman Catholic Church. He was surrounded by Catholics among his closest staff: Bill Clark, Bill Casey, Al Haig, Dick Allen, speechwriters like Peggy Noonan, Tony Dolan, Peter Robinson, and many more. In his personal life, his father was a lifelong Catholic, though some claim he was an apathetic Catholic (I’m not so sure about that). His brother Neil, became very devout, and, along with Neil’s wife, Bess, was a daily communicant. Reagan’s ex-wife, Jane Wyman, came into the Church on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1954, along with their children, Maureen and Michael. Jane Wyman was converted by Loretta Young and Fulton Sheen. Jane Wyman became so devout that in the 1980s she had a stipulation into her contract for the TV show “Falcon Crest” that a priest be on set every day to give her the Eucharist. Jane Wyman actually became a Third Order Dominican nun, buried in the habit. Imagine that.

So, Ronald Reagan was very pro-Catholic. Robert Reilly, who served as President Reagan’s liaison to the Catholic community, quipped to me, “We considered Reagan an honorary Catholic.” Reilly told me that Neil Reagan, when once asked whether there was anything else he could wish for his brother—given he had been a movie and TV star, governor, and president—responded, “Yes, I wish he would become a Catholic.”

It would not be surprising if we find out in the end, that Reagan was a Jesuit. Some have already drawn this somewhat logical conclusion. Regardless, he served the Roman Catholic Church very well. Firmly establishing the Vatican's power and influence within our government and intelligence agencies. If he wasn't one, he might as well have been one. Yet the "right" are madly in love with him. This is because of what he spoke, claimed to stand for, and did actually somewhat establish in office. Nevertheless, a good Jesuit accomplishes all of the same on the face of it, while accomplishing much more behind the scenes for the Vatican. This, Ronald Regean most certainly did accomplish.

Reagan had coveted that idea as early as June 1979, when the pope visited Poland. He estimated then and there that the pope was “the key” to Poland’s fate and to the potential fate of the wider Communist Bloc. Among his earliest goals as president was to officially recognize the Vatican as a state, reach out to the Holy Father, and (as he put it) “make them an ally.”

In June 1982, the two men talked alone for 50 minutes in the Vatican Library. The attempted assassinations against them were raised right away. Both referred to the “miraculous” fact they had survived. They believed their lives had been spared for a special purpose, which they translated into a joint effort to take down atheistic Soviet communism. And their dagger to make that happen would be Poland—the wedge that both men believed could pierce and ultimately split the Soviet empire.

Bill Clark was there. He described that day to me as a “wonderful day” and a transformative one. He said that that day “gave the president and pope the ability to form a very personal relationship from then on.” The meeting led to real action. Reagan and John Paul II translated their lofty divine mission into a practical policy mission to sustain the Solidarity movement in Poland as the potential wedge that could split the USSR’s empire.

Factual history, or convoluted Jesuits scheming and arrangement? All will be revealed in the end. This is all history though, the subjugation of this nation and the surrender of it's citizens Constitutional rights and protections are the present goals of the Vatican. Not to mention the trashing of Capitalism and the establishment of her global agenda unto this worlds final end.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Fri Mar 02, 2018 - 09:34:21

Against The Catholic Grain: Pope Francis Trumpets Socialism Over Capitalism

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ well-known admiration for Pope Francis should surprise few. A self-proclaimed democratic socialist, the Vermont Senator has much to admire in the Holy Father (though obviously disagreeing with him on such issues as abortion and same-sex marriage). The two are in many ways kindred spirits.

Pope Francis has made his social and economic tendencies clear since the early days of his pontificate. In his 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis criticizes the notion that reducing the disproportionately-high income tax burden on high-income earners can stimulate investment and economic growth as a “crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” For the Holy Father, inequality is the “root of social ills,” though he fails to explain precisely why a society of unequal wealth but a relatively high standard of living would somehow be less reflective of Gospel values than a society that shares equally in poverty.

Going further still, Evangelii Gaudium calls for structural transformation that would “restore to the poor what belongs to them.” If, as Pope Francis suggests, property is possessed not by its owners, then, truly, “property is theft,” to quote 19th-century French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s famous phrase.

The Pope’s bold message

But it is his message to the Popular Movements in Bolivia last summer that is the most direct. Although chastising “abstract theorizing or eloquent indignation,” he fell victim to just this. And, as has become the Pope’s regrettable practice, he created strawman arguments that he then attacked, such as the “mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature,” and an “idolatrous system which excludes, debases and kills.” His urging of “global answers to local problems” seemed to pay no heed to democratic self-determination at the level of the nation-State, the notion that local populations are best-placed to address their own concerns. Pope John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus, captures this in the notion that “needs are best understood and satisfied by people who are closest to them and who act as neighbors to those in need.”The Pope’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, proceeds along similar lines, protesting the pursuit of profit and implying that the intentional creation of wealth of necessity oppresses and debases.

Further counseling the Popular Movements, Pope Francis demanded rights to land, labor and lodging—one can only imagine how expansive a State’s apparatus would have to be to guarantee all of these, certainly one that would leave precious little space to individual initiative; criticized corporations, banks, free trade agreements and austerity measures as part of an “anonymous influence of mammon”; and rushed to the defense of “Mother Earth” (others might use the phrase “Gaia”), which he saw as “being pillaged, laid waste and harmed with impunity.” Phrased as it is, the Pope’s call for a “truly communitarian economy” tempts socialist revolution.

So, what political effect and influence does the present Pope have in mind, when continually meeting with world leaders unto a desired outcome?
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sat Mar 03, 2018 - 06:46:56

A picture is worth a thousand words.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sat Mar 03, 2018 - 06:57:51

If a "picture is worth a thousand words", what about a video?
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 08:35:26
Good video about Reagan's major mistake.
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Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:01:33

The Vatican Connection: How the Roman Catholic Church Influences the Republican Party.


“The Vatican wants to extend its authority over civil law, not only in countries with Catholic majorities but in others with religiously diverse populations. The Catholic bishops have decided to try to impose papal authority in the United States through the abortion issue.” From: CHISTIAN ETHICS TODAY, APIRL 1997............................

It was the Vatican’s program that dominated the Republican Party platform and presidential campaign in 1996, although Ralph Reed and the Christian coalition claimed the credit.

After winning the Republican primaries, candidate Robert Dole made a major speech to the Catholic Press Association’s annual convention in Philadelphia on May 23, in which he endorsed “school choice,” which involves the funding of parochial schools through tuition tax vouchers. He also attacked President Clinton’s late term or “partial birth” abortion veto and, in the context of abortion, said, “Though not a Catholic, I would listen to Pope John Paul II.”................

However, although Dole’s endorsement of the Catholic political agenda, along with a similar endorsement by the Republican Party platform, made the Republican Party in effect a religious or sectarian party, it is even more significant that the Catholic bishops took action to aid the Republican Party. The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, departed from custom to tell the 250 bishops that, although they should not engage in partisan politics, they could address political issues that might be closer to the views of one party. Then, after a “stinging attack on President Clinton’s veto of a measure that banned a type of late-term abortion,” the bishops, according to the June 24 New York Times, “unanimously endorsed [Dole’s] appeal to Congress to overturn the veto.”....................................

In an accompanying article in the same issue of Time, there is a report of Reagan’s first meeting with the pope in 1982 and of other meetings between the Vatican’s U.S. representative, Pio Laghi, and Reagan officials. According to that article, “the key administration players were all devout Roman Catholics”: CIA director William Casey, National Security Advisor Richard Allen, National Security Advisor William Clark, Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and Ambassador-at-Large Vernon Walters, as well as Wilson...................................... .

In short, the Reagan-Bush-Dole policy of collaborating with the Vatican has had serious effects on U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

Catholic Lay Elites Pressed into Political Service for the Vatican’s Agenda

The Time articles also revealed that the Vatican works in various countries through lay people who function politically without apparent connection to the Vatican. The major study of the Vatican’s use of Catholic laity throughout Europe was made by Catholic Professor Jean-Guy Villaincourt of the University of Montreal in his book, Papal Power: A Study of Vatican Control Over Law Catholic Elites. Villaincourt in his concluding summary said in part, “The Catholic lay militant has been pressed into service as an.. .intermediary between the Papacy and the modern state.” In Europe, it is Catholic Action and the Christian Democratic Party which assume “direct political responsibilities” that the Hierarchy must shun. In the Untied States, it is the Catholic Campaign for America, which was organized in 1991. Its “ecclesiastical adviser” is the ubiquitous Cardinal O’Connor, but the laity on the CCA board and national committee function without publicizing their role in the organization...........................

The overall mission of the Catholic Campaign for America is “to activate Catholic citizens, increase the Catholic electorate’s influence in formulating public policy, and focus the public’s attention on the richness and beauty of Catholic teaching.” A 1992 newsletter of the Catholic Campaign declared that “separation of church and state is a false premise that must finally be cast aside............................

Dole’s other major Catholic obligation was aid to parochial schools through “school choice.” The Second Vatican Council’s decree on Christian education states:

“Parents, who have a primary and inalienable duty and right in regard to the education of their children, should enjoy the fullest liberty in their choice of school. The public authority therefore, whose duty is to protect and defend the liberty of the citizen, is bound, according to the principles of distributive justice, to ensure that public subsidies to schools are so allocated that the parents are truly free to select schools for their children in accordance with their conscience.”....................

What this means in America is taking money from the public school system and giving it to the largest private-school system - Catholic schools - using parents as conduits. A comparatively smaller group of other religious schools would also benefit, as would private schools in the South and North to which whites have fled integrated public schools......

Another motivation for school choice is the desire to enroll minority students of other religions. Jesuit priest Thomas J. Reese notes:

“Catholic schools are the most successful evangelizing tool available to the church in the black community... .Most schools teach the Catholic faith to both Catholic and non-Catholic students.”

One illustration of this is Chicago’s Holy Angels School, which President Reagan visited to propose tuition financial aid for parents to send their children to nonpublic schools. Reagan called it “the nation’s largest black Catholic school.” The Washington Post reported that in order to attend that school both the children and their parents had to be instructed in Catholicism, which resulted in about 80 to 150 Catholic converts a year.

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Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:14:02

Vatican helps the Catholic Left elect Democrats by creating a new ‘non-negotiable’: climate change

Each presidential campaign since the 1980s has pitted the pro-abortion Democratic Party against the pro-life Republicans, giving the GOP a much-needed boost with Catholic voters, who historically have leaned toward the Democrats.  This boost proved decisive in 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2004, and 2016, but was a consistent thorn in the flesh for the Democrats, and remains so. The Catholic Left, therefore, has long needed a non-negotiable issue of its own to regain the legitimacy it has lost since Roe vs. Wade and Bill Clinton’s veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in 1996. The effort to create a non-negotiable issue began with “the poor,” as sacralized in Cardinal Bernadin’s 1983 speech on the so-called “seamless garment.”............................

After the failure of seamless garment reasoning to take a firm hold among lay Catholics, the next opportunity for claiming a non-negotiable for the Catholic Left was provided by the USCCB with its “Justice for Immigrants” program. It’s fair to say, in my opinion, the US bishops have made this their first priority since the ugly immigration reform debates of 2006.  (Their pastoral letter, “Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity In Diversity” had been published in 2001.) No doubt the collective effort of the bishops regarding “diversity” was an aid in the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

However, when the Catholic Left used immigration as a full court press against Donald Trump in the past election it failed miserably. During the campaign many bishops, priests, and Catholic pundits pounded Donald Trump for his vow to “build a WALL” along the Mexican border. Such an intention was cruel and racist, an arrow in the heart of Catholic social teaching. The Catholic Left, including its bishops and priests, felt Pope Francis had given them permission to pummel Trump. In February 2016, just as Trump was gaining momentum, Pope Francis said of him, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” The US bishops, with some notable exceptions, kept harrassing Trump about his “WALL” while remaining silent on the aggressively pro-abortion record of Hillary Clinton.

But Catholic voters in 2016 did not fall in line with the bishops immigration mantra, rather the results — 52% for Trump, 45% for Clinton, demonstrated that Catholic voters were more concerned about other matters, namely, the Supreme Court, national security, fighting terrorism, Obamacare, and abortion. Most of the bishops, like the mainstream media, were left in shock by the election outcome, but the simple fact is this: The bishops were not of the same mind of most Catholic voters on any of these issues, not merely on immigration.

Immigration failed to win Catholic voters for the Clinton/Kaine ticket in 2016, and will fail again the future, given the growing alarm in European countries such as France, Sweden, and Germany over their open borders policy. Thus, the Catholic Left, once again, has to look elsewhere for a non-negotiable they can call their own. They are in the process of appropriating an issue that had already become an arrow in the quiver of leftwing politicians — climate change.  After all, the 2014 encyclical Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis provided the perfect cover, at least in ecclesial circles. Pope Francis explains why the “ecological crisis” is the purpose of his encyclical.

“It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter, which is now added to the body of the Church’s social teaching, can help us to acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face. I will begin by briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today, letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows. I will then consider some principles drawn from the Judaeo-Christian tradition which can render our commitment to the environment more coherent…” (Laudato Si’ 15).

Readers may remember that forty years earlier TIME announced in 1974 that the “Earth” was headed for another “Ice Age.” With this apocalyptic warning, “global warming” was introduced to the public mind. The notion didn’t gain much popularity until the cause was taken up by former Vice President Al Gore in his 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” What Gore proclaimed as “inconvenient” has become extremely convenient for the Catholic Left because it represents a “life issue” they can embrace.  After all, this was a matter of life and death, not merely of an unborn child, but of the entire human race and the whole planet. What could be more pro-life than that!

What was called global warming, however, had to be discarded for “climate change” when the bogus content of Gore’s film, and the science backing it, was disclosed. Under the brand of “climate change,” the apocalyptic message of total annihilation was given new life, and millions of dollars in grant monies flowed to university scientists willing and able to read the data in conformity with a pre-determined outcome.  To be labeled a climate change “denier” not only meant no grant money, or academic future, it became a moral stigma. (Because, after all, the only previously operative use of the term “denier” was connected with the Holocaust, making it obvious to anyone that the extermination of Jews and disputing the findings of scientists are morally equivalent.)....................................

Regardless of the truth or falsity of the science behind climate change, it remains a prudential matter in Catholic moral teaching, with varying viewpoints informing the judgment of each individual. But the difference between this attempt to construct a non-negotiable out of a prudential matter and those of the past is this: If the Apocalypticism of climate change ideology takes root, it will take on a life vs. death character. Under this disguise, climate change could take on a non-negotiable appearance, especially when wedded to the authority of the Church.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:22:08
If one plans on taking over this nation, they shall have to completely change our political system, or successfully hijack the agendas of both of our political parties. As is obvious Rome has been, is, and will continue to pursue and apparently be successful Accomplishing the same.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:25:42
CIA, an American or Catholic institution?

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:28:48
Those who understand biblical prophecy and the Church of Rome's roll in the same, understand her support of global institutions and politics.
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Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:33:07

The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe – review
David Kertzer's nuanced book investigates an unholy alliance between fascism and the Catholic church

n 1938, Pope Pius XI addressed a group of visitors to the Vatican. There were some people, he said, who argued that the state should be all-powerful – "totalitarian". Such an idea, he went on, was absurd, not because individual liberty was too precious to be surrendered, but because "if there is a totalitarian regime – in fact and by right – it is the regime of the church, because man belongs totally to the church".

As David Kertzer demonstrates repeatedly in this nuanced book, to be critical of fascism in Italy in the 30s was not necessarily to be liberal or a lover of democracy. And to be antisemitic was not to be unchristian. The Pope told Mussolini that the church had long seen the need to "rein in the children of Israel" and to take "protective measures against their evil-doing". The Vatican and the fascist regime had many differences, but this they had in common.

Kertzer announces that the Catholic church is generally portrayed as the courageous opponent of fascism, but this is an exaggeration. There is a counter-tradition, John Cornwell's fine book, Hitler's Pope, on Pius XII (who succeeded Pius XI in 1939) exposed the Vatican's culpable passivity in the face of the wartime persecution of Italian Jews. But Kertzer describes something more fundamental than a church leader's strategic decision to protect his own flock rather than to speak up in defence of others. His argument, presented not as polemic but as gripping storytelling, is that much of fascist ideology was inspired by Catholic tradition – the authoritarianism, the intolerance of opposition and the profound suspicion of the Jews.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Mar 11, 2018 - 10:55:19

How the Catholic Church Sheltered Nazi War Criminals


While it would be consoling to suppose this act of episcopal benevolence was an isolated incident, in fact, the deliverance of ex-Nazis, SS men, and known war criminals was repeated hundreds of times by Catholic prelates and priests. Their actions were not only known to diplomats in the highest echelons of the Vatican hierarchy, they were morally and financially supported by them—and, horrifyingly, supported by unknowing American Catholics and some of their all-too-knowing leaders as well.................................

The Catholic priests and prelates who helped spring the Nazi bolt-hole were part of an organization called the Vatican Relief Commission (Pontificia Commissione di Assistenza, or PCA). They supplied invaluable, indeed crucial aid in sheltering Nazi war criminals, SS men, and ordinary Nazis. Steinacher tells us that the PCA viewed itself as a sort of papal mercy program for National Socialists and Fascists. The most stunning, and well-supported, claim in Steinacher’s book is that enthusiasm for the general mission of the PCA went to the very top of the Vatican hierarchy. “Pope Pius XII supported this aid organization wholeheartedly,” Steinacher reports, adding that it became “something like the Pope’s pet project,” though he is cautious about saying exactly how much the pope knew regarding the illicit activities of the PCA. We should be similarly cautious. Paris lawyer and Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld and his wife admitted that “the Pope definitely didn’t give an order, ‘we’ve got to help German criminals’” but “probably had a place in his heart for the enemies of Communists.”...................................

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sat Jun 09, 2018 - 20:10:11
Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Pope summons oil execs to Vatican to talk climate change

Pope Francis Met With Instagram CEO to Discuss Power of Images

Google’s Eric Schmidt Meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican


Apple's Tim Cook meets with Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets with YouTube creators to 'promote empathy'

Pope Francis has met with 11 young YouTube personalities to have a discussion about spreading peace and understanding through videos.

Pope meets with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Pope Francis to address gathering of world’s wealthiest and most famous

The Fortune CEO Initiative 2018 Annual Meeting
WHEN June 25-26, 2018 WHERE San Francisco, CA

Business as a Platform for Change

The FORTUNE CEO Initiative is a forum for corporate leaders who are committed to addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategies. The Initiative grew out of an historic meeting of 100 CEOs with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December 2016, and is based on a belief that infusing broader purpose into corporate strategies has become increasingly important in attracting and motivating talent, deepening bonds with consumers, steadying corporate reputation in an era of declining trust, and preserving a well-functioning society in a time of political tumult.

Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Thu Feb 07, 2019 - 08:00:07

View entire article quoted below at link above.

Pope Francis meets Muslim leaders in Abu Dhabi on historic UAE visit

ABU DHABI: Pope Francis met with Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the imam of Al-Azhar, and Emirati leaders on Monday during his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates.

In a trip laden with interfaith symbolism and messages of religious tolerance, the Pope began his day at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi and ended with the signing of an agreement pledging to make efforts to strive for peace.

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Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sat Jul 06, 2019 - 10:55:43
I forgot about this thread.

Pope Francis Meets Russian President Putin

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Pope Francis Meets with Putin on July 4th

Today’s 55-minute private discussion was the Russian leader’s third meeting with Pope Francis, and fifth visit to the Vatican.

Courtney Grogan/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis at the Vatican July 4 for a 55-minute private discussion.

“Thank you for the time you have devoted to me,” Putin said after his audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

It was Putin’s third meeting with Pope Francis and fifth visit to the Vatican. The Russian leader arrived nearly an hour late for his meeting with the pope, as he did for both of his prior meetings with Francis.

The day before Putin’s visit Pope Francis expressed his condolences and closeness to the families of the 14 Russian sailors who died when a deep-sea submarine caught fire in an Artic port July 2. Russian officials confirmed that the top-secret submarine was nuclear-powered less than one hour before the papal audience was scheduled.

“The Holy Father was informed of the Russian submarine tragedy. It expresses its condolences and its closeness to the victims' families and those affected by this disaster,” Holy See press office interim director Alessandro Gisotti said July 3.

The Russian Ambassador to the Holy See Aleksandr Avdeev said ahead of the meeting that he expected Putin and the Pope to discuss “the instability of international relations, the crisis in the Middle East, the fate of Syria, the problem of nuclear disarmament, the situation in Iran.”

“The time has come when Catholics can no longer solve many problems and open challenges, without taking into account the political logic of Russia and the experience of our Orthodoxy,” Avdeev said in an interview with Ogonek, a Russian magazine.

Putin was also expected to discuss the situation in Ukraine after the Ukrainian Orthodox Church split with the Russian Orthodox Church last year. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople formally recognized the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in January.

Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Svyatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev, along with other leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, are expected to meet with Pope Francis and Vatican officials later this week.

At Putin and Pope Francis’ previous meeting in June 2015, Pope Francis asked Putin for “sincere and comprehensive effort to achieve peace” in Ukraine after Russia annexed Crimea one year prior. Their first meeting in November 2013 focused on the Syrian civil war.

After his visit to the Vatican, Putin will meet the Italian president and prime minister during his one-day trip to Rome.

Is it just a coincidence, that the Pope meets with the Russian leader on America's Independents day? I think not.
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Jul 07, 2019 - 09:41:30

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THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS DEDICATED A NEW TEMPLE IN ROME. On March 9, Pope Francis met with President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , marking the first meeting between the Catholic head and the leader of the LDS Church. The visit occurred a day before President Nelson dedicated the first temple of the Latter-day Saints in Rome. Nelson was accompanied by President M. Russell Ballard of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

President Nelson flew to Rome along with the 14 elders who comprise the Latter-day Saints leadership to dedicate their new temple on March 10. The complex has an oval-shaped house of worship with an external marble facade. The building was constructed on the top of a hill. There is also a visitor center with the centerpiece being bigger than the actual representation of Christ encircled by smaller apostle statues. According to the Mormon leadership, this was the first time all apostles gathered together outside the United States. The Vatican declined to provide any details about what the pope discussed with President Nelson and other Latter-day church leaders. The Mormon leadership were more forthcoming on this issue, with Nelson making use of Twitter to state that both the churches have many common doctrines. He then went on to say that although the doctrinal differences between the two churches are essential and real, “they’re not nearly as important as the things we have in common.” The two leaders discussed many mutual concerns, especially for the youth attending their respective churches and matters regarding secularization. The two religious leaders have a common belief that faith in the almighty imparts stability and morality to human society. As per President Nelson, a society without a god is like a rudderless ship.

The meeting between Pope Francis and President Nelson lasted for 33 minutes. Nelson, along with President Ballard met the media afterward, describing his meeting with the pontiff as a memorable and cordial experience. He said the pope was warm and welcoming and a gracious man. President Nelson observed how Catholics are lucky to be led by a capable, gracious, loving, and concerned leader. Other attendees in the meeting included President Ballard, along with General Authority Seventy Elder Massimo De Feo, a local Seventy Elder Alessandro Dini Ciacci, and Mark Woodruff, the executive secretary to President Nelson. The religious leaders exchanged gifts, with the pope giving Nelson his declarations on Islamic faith and the family. The president gifted the pontiff a Lladro figurine of the Christus Statue along with a copy of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

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Post by: Amo on Sun Jul 07, 2019 - 09:49:53

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Pope Francis meets with Romanian president, religious leaders

May 31 (UPI) -- Pope Francis made his first visit to Romania on Friday, aiming to mend ties with the Orthodox Church, meet with Romanian leaders and visit medieval sites.

Francis was greeted with a large crowd of leaders, Catholics and children when he arrived in Bucharest about 11:30 a.m.

"It is a great pleasure to have you here, on Romanian soil," Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said.

Francis gave a speech after meeting with Iohannis at the Cotroceni Palace on the strides the country has made since the fall of communism.

"I am happy to be in your beautiful country 20 years after the visit of St. John Paul II, at a time when Romania, for the first time since joining the European Union, holds the presidency of the council of the EU," Francis said. "This is a good time to have an overview of the 30 years since Romania liberated itself from a regime that suppressed civil and religious liberty and isolated it from other European countries, and which, in addition, led to the stagnation of the economy and the exhaustion of its creative forces."

Francis addressed the migration of Romanians west to other European countries.

"I pay tribute to the sacrifices made by so many sons and daughters of Romania who, with their culture and their patrimony, enrich the culture of other countries," Francis said.

The pontiff was also expected to meet with the Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church at the new Orthodox church in Bucharest. The pope was to finish the day celebrating mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral.

Francis is scheduled to travel to other areas of Romania, including the Marian Shrine of Sumuleu-Ciuc. On Sunday, he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and beatify seven Greek Catholic bishops who were martyred during the communist regime.

The pope will return to the Vatican on Sunday evening.

Strange, if things are going so well in Romania, then why so much migration out of it?
Title: Re: Kings of the earth
Post by: Amo on Sun Jul 07, 2019 - 10:37:56

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Pope Francis Signs Agreement with Imam, Heading Closer to One-World Religion


[Micael Snyder | Charisma News] A historic interfaith covenant was signed in the Middle East on Monday, and the mainstream media in the United States has been almost entirely silent about it. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is considered to be the most important imam in Sunni Islam, and he arrived at the signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi with Pope Francis “hand in hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood.” But this wasn’t just a ceremony for Catholics and Muslims. According to a British news source, the signing of this covenant was done “in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths”:

The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths. Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Catholics, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, arrived at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood.

In other words, there was a concerted effort to make sure that all of the religions of the world were represented at this gathering.

According to the official Vatican website, a tremendous amount of preparation went into the drafting of this document, and it encourages believers from all religions “to shake hands, embrace one another, kiss one another and even pray” with one another:

The document, signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, was prepared “with much reflection and prayer”, the Pope said. The one great danger at this moment, he continued, is “destruction, war, hatred between us.”

“If we believers are not able to shake hands, embrace one another, kiss one another, and even pray, our faith will be defeated,” he said. The Pope explained that the document “is born of faith in God who is the Father of all and the Father of peace; it condemns all destruction, all terrorism, from the first terrorism in history, that of Cain.”

There is a lot of language about peace in this document, but it goes way beyond just advocating for peace.

Over and over again, the word “God” is used to simultaneously identify Allah and the God of Christianity. Here is just one example…

We, who believe in God and in the final meeting with Him and His judgment, on the basis of our religious and moral responsibility, and through this Document, call upon ourselves, upon the leaders of the world as well as the architects of international policy and world economy, to work strenuously to spread the culture of tolerance and of living together in peace; to intervene at the earliest opportunity to stop the shedding of innocent blood and bring an end to wars, conflicts, environmental decay and the moral and cultural decline that the world is presently experiencing.

On top of that, the document also boldly declares that “the diversity of religions” that we see in the world was “willed by God”:

Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept;

In essence, this is saying that it is the will of God that there are hundreds of different religions in the world and that they are all acceptable in His sight.

We know that the elite want a one-world religion, but to see the most important clerics from both Catholicism and Islam make such a dramatic public push for it is absolutely stunning.

You can find the full text of the covenant that they signed on the official Vatican website. I have also reproduced the entire document below:


Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.

This transcendental value served as the starting point for several meetings characterized by a friendly and fraternal atmosphere where we shared the joys, sorrows and problems of our contemporary world. We did this by considering scientific and technical progress, therapeutic achievements, the digital era, the mass media and communications. We reflected also on the level of poverty, conflict and suffering of so many brothers and sisters in different parts of the world as a consequence of the arms race, social injustice, corruption, inequality, moral decline, terrorism, discrimination, extremism and many other causes.

From our fraternal and open discussions, and from the meeting that expressed profound hope in a bright future for all human beings, the idea of this document on Human Fraternity was conceived. It is a text that has been given honest and serious thought so as to be a joint declaration of good and heartfelt aspirations. It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and sisters.


In the name of God who has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and who has called them to live together as brothers and sisters, to fill the earth and make known the values of goodness, love and peace;

In the name of innocent human life that God has forbidden to kill, affirming that whoever kills a person is like one who kills the whole of humanity, and that whoever saves a person is like one who saves the whole of humanity;

In the name of the poor, the destitute, the marginalized and those most in need whom God has commanded us to help as a duty required of all persons, especially the wealthy and of means;

In the name of orphans, widows, refugees and those exiled from their homes and their countries; in the name of all victims of wars, persecution and injustice; in the name of the weak, those who live in fear, prisoners of war and those tortured in any part of the world, without distinction;

In the name of peoples who have lost their security, peace and the possibility of living together, becoming victims of destruction, calamity and war;

In the name of human fraternity that embraces all human beings, unites them and renders them equal;

In the name of this fraternity torn apart by policies of extremism and division, by systems of unrestrained profit or by hateful ideological tendencies that manipulate the actions and the future of men and women;

In the name of freedom, that God has given to all human beings creating them free and distinguishing them by this gift;

In the name of justice and mercy, the foundations of prosperity and the cornerstone of faith;

In the name of all persons of good will present in every part of the world;

In the name of God and of everything stated thus far, Al-Azhar al-Sharif and the Muslims of the East and West, together with the Catholic Church and the Catholics of the East and West, declare the adoption of a culture of dialogue as the path, mutual cooperation as the code of conduct, reciprocal understanding as the method and standard.

We, who believe in God and in the final meeting with Him and His judgment, on the basis of our religious and moral responsibility, and through this document, call upon ourselves, upon the leaders of the world as well as the architects of international policy and world economy, to work strenuously to spread the culture of tolerance and of living together in peace; to intervene at the earliest opportunity to stop the shedding of innocent blood and bring an end to wars, conflicts, environmental decay and the moral and cultural decline that the world is presently experiencing.

What do you suppose will happen to those who cannot go along with this agenda, and are therefore labeled a danger to it? They will of course have to be dealt with at the "earliest opportunity" to stop the "possible" spread of their ideas that could "possibly" lead to violence. This is nothing short of a call to politically stifle and silence all who appose the agenda of the unification of this worlds major religions. It will end in persecution of the saints as all of Rome's political aspirations do, when they are supported by the "leaders" of the world. So be it. Bring it. Let's end this game. As soon as they succeed, they will meet the true and only God, King of kings, and Lord of lords whom they have persecuted through His followers. Come Lord Jesus.
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Post by: Amo on Sat Oct 26, 2019 - 15:00:49

Haven't visited this thread in a while. Could have put this video in Roman Politics, since it is a call for all world leaders to come together and sign a pact I will put it here. The Pope wants all world leaders and people of influence to sign a pact concerning the re-education of the world according to his globalist vision.
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Post by: Amo on Sat Nov 23, 2019 - 04:47:16

Pope Meets With LGBTQ-Affirming Priest

The Pope's private meeting with Father James Martin is being called an endorsement.
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Post by: Amo on Sat Nov 23, 2019 - 04:50:16

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Post by: Amo on Sat Nov 23, 2019 - 04:55:48

Pope Francis meets with Penal Law experts

Pope Francis will meet with participants in the World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law. The conference began Nov. 13 and will conclude Nov. 16.

It is the oldest scientific association of Penal Law experts. It includes university professors, lawyers, magistrates, researchers, students and penal law experts.

The meeting will be in the “Sala Regia” of the Apostolic Palace at 12 p.m., Rome time.
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Post by: Amo on Sat Nov 23, 2019 - 05:30:37

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity Meets with Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar for the First Time to Present the Abrahamic Family House
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Post by: Amo on Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 21:28:57

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Pope, Pence meet at the Vatican

Jan 24, 2020

VATICAN CITY — After Pope Francis and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met privately for nearly an hour at the Vatican, Pence told the pope that his Roman Catholic mother will be pleased with the visit.

"Thank you, Your Holiness. You have made me a hero," said Pence, who was raised Catholic but became an evangelical Christian.

The vice president, along with his wife Karen and daughter-in-law Sarah, arrived 10 minutes early for the meeting with the pope Jan. 24. They were welcomed by Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household.

As the pope and Pence sat down in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, the vice president relayed greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump, who met with the pope in 2017.

"I wanted to extend the warmest greeting on behalf of President Donald Trump who so enjoyed his visit here," Pence told the pope before reporters were ushered from the room.

After speaking with Pence for 59 minutes, with interpreters present, the pope greeted those accompanying the vice president on his visit, including Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See; her husband, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; and Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence's national security adviser.

Pence then presented the pope with a wooden cross "made from a tree at the vice president's residence."

"Every other vice president since Walter Mondale has lived" at the residence, he told the pope.

The pope then presented a medallion, describing it as "angel of peace" conquering "the demon of war."

Additionally, he gave Pence copies of several of his documents, which he jokingly called "a Vatican library." The documents included "The Joy of the Gospel" on evangelization, "Amoris Laetitia" on the family, and "Laudato Si,'" on the environment.

Francis also gave the vice president a copy of his message for World Peace Day 2020.

"Here, I prepared for you the message for peace," the pope said. "I signed it personally for you."

Neither the Vatican nor the vice president's office were expected to issue a statement on the issues discussed in their private meeting.
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Post by: Amo on Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 21:54:48

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Pope Francis meets with Congolese president

January 17, 2020

Pope Francis received the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi, in a private audience on Jan. 17 and discussed the current situation in this conflict-ridden, mineral-rich country and, in particular, the “persistent armed conflict and the spread of the Ebola virus” in the eastern provinces, the Vatican said in a statement.

The two spoke in the private library of the Vatican’s apostolic palace with the aid of a translator. Afterward, the president presented his wife, Denise Nyakéru Tshisekedi, and a high-level delegation to the pope. During an exchange of gifts, the president gave Pope Francis a painting from the North Kivu region, which is highly affected by the violence caused by militias fighting for control of its rich natural resources. The pope gave Mr. Tshisekedi an engraving of an angel of peace, as well as his message for this year’s World Day of Peace.

As the president bade the pope farewell, Mr. Tshisekedi invited him to visit the D.R.C. “I hope so,” Francis replied with a smile.

It was their second meeting. They met briefly in St. Peter’s Basilica last October when Pope Francis gave the cardinal’s red hat to Friedolin Ambongo Besungu, the archbishop of Kinshasa. Mr. Tshisekedi came for the consistory together with a high-level government delegation in recognition of the major contribution the Catholic Church has made in recent decades to the democratic process in this land of 87 million people, some 50 percent of whom are Catholic.

Earlier this week, before coming to the Vatican, the president had a private meeting with the Cardinal Ambongo in Kinshasa. The cardinal had just returned from North Kivu and told the president he had encountered a people “traumatized by conflict” and in urgent need of protection by the government. The president promised to counteract what he called “the negative forces” in the region.

After his meeting with Pope Francis, the president, accompanied by the country’s foreign minister, Marie Tumba Nzeza, and other government officials, held talks with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states.

In a statement issued after the visit, the Vatican revealed that the pope and president discussed “the good existing bilateral relations” between the Holy See and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and expressed “satisfaction” at the ratification of the framework agreement between the two countries on matters of mutual interest.

Afterward, the president and Cardinal Parolin exchanged the instruments of ratification of the agreement that was signed on May 20, 2016. The agreement established the juridical framework for reciprocal relations between the two sides.

It recognized the freedom of the church in pastoral activity and, among other things, set out rules governing Catholic educational institutions, the teaching of religion in schools, the church’s charitable and assistance work, pastoral care in the armed forces, prisons and hospitals, the patrimonial and tax regime and the granting of visas for religious personnel to enter and work in the country.

The Vatican statement said the Congolese president, Pope Francis and the senior Vatican officials also spoke about “the contribution of the Catholic Church” to the democratic process in the country and in the promotion of “the common good and integral development of the nation, especially in the fields of education and health care.”

The Catholic Church has numerous schools and other educational institutes as well as hospitals and health care centers across the D.R.C., the second largest country in Africa—a quarter of the size of the United States.

In their respective conversations, the pope, the president and senior Vatican officials discussed “the country’s current situation, with particular reference to the sufferings of the population in the eastern provinces, due to persistent armed conflict and the spread of the Ebola virus.”

They also spoke about the urgent need for “collaboration and cooperation at national and international level, to protect human dignity and to promote civil coexistence, starting from the many refugees and displaced persons who are facing a grave humanitarian crisis.”

Mr. Tshisekedi took over as president in January 2019 from Joseph Kabila, who ruled for 18 years and delayed elections multiple times. It marked the first peaceful transfer of power in the D.R.C.’s history. But, according to the Council of Foreign Relations’ “Global Conflict Tracker,” the new president inherited a number of crises, including an Ebola outbreak in the east and ongoing violence across the country, particularly in the Ituri, Kasi and Kivu regions.

More than 100 armed groups are believed to operate in the eastern region of the D.R.C., where many rare minerals are found. Despite the presence of more than 16,000 U.N. peacekeepers, these groups continue to terrorize communities and control weakly governed areas. Millions of civilians have been forced to flee the fighting: The United Nations estimates there are currently four to five million displaced people in the D.R.C. and more than 800,000 refugees in other countries.

Over the past 20 years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been afflicted by what has been called the biggest conflict since World War II. It has involved armed groups from nine nations and many ethnic groups, within the borders of a land that is rich in rare minerals but with a poverty-stricken population. Over three million people have been killed, and human rights violations and rape have been rampant.

The World Health Organization reports that as of Jan. 12, 2020, there have been a total of 3,398 Ebola virus cases, including 2,235 fatalities. Of the total confirmed and probable cases, 56 percent were female, 28 percent were children aged less than 18 years, and 5 percent were health care workers.

While Pope Francis would be keen to visit and express his closeness to the suffering people of the D.R.C., he already has plans to go to South Sudan, and a second visit to Africa is unlikely in the same year.
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Post by: Amo on Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 22:15:55

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a one-on-one meeting at the Vatican Friday with the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

Garcetti’s office announced the private audience, and included photos of the mayor with the Pope with whom he talked climate change, youth, poverty and immigration.

Garcetti, who is Jewish, said he was “grateful to Pope Francis for the deep and humbling honor of meeting with me at the Vatican today.”

He said was moved by Francis’s “inspired words about matters that will shape the future of our world, and to have the chance to speak to him about our mutual work to save this planet and serve our fellow human beings.”

Pope Francis released an encyclical in 2015 calling for action on fighting climate change, and describing it as a moral duty.

Garcetti added that the Pope “shared greetings for the people of Los Angeles — and we are grateful for his grace, his prayers, and a message of faith, love, understanding, and cooperation that brings peace and comfort to people everywhere.”

According to a mayoral aide, Garcetti is traveling in Europe to attend meetings related to his participation on the C40 steering committee, which is made up of mayors from cities around the world working on the climate change issue.

The Pope and his lefty progressive minions will not save this planet. They will only bring about the global government or cooperation of governments guided by BABYLON THE GREAT, that will form the final beast of biblical prophecy and bring this present world to its end by the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. None will be saved but those saved in Christ alone. All other false claims of salvation for the inhabitants of this world are deception.
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Post by: Amo on Sat Apr 11, 2020 - 12:34:56

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Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

VILNIUS (Reuters) - The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government.

The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on a four-day trip to the Baltic countries.

It gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in a country whose around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.

The Vatican said the accord, a breakthrough after years of negotiations, was “not political but pastoral”.

A Holy See statement did not mention Taiwan, which the Vatican recognizes diplomatically and which China sees as a renegade province.

However, diplomats have said the accord was a possible precursor to a resumption in diplomatic relations with Beijing after 70 years. Beijing does not allow countries to have diplomatic relations with both China and Taiwan.

Taiwan now has formal relations with only 17 states and the Vatican is the only one in Europe.

The Vatican said the pope hoped “a new process may begin that will allow the wounds of the past to be overcome, leading to the full communion of all Chinese Catholics”.

But prospects of such an agreement had divided communities of Catholics across China, some of whom fear greater suppression should the Vatican cede more control to Beijing. Others want to see rapprochement and avoid a potential schism.

“They’re giving the flock into the mouths of the wolves. It’s an incredible betrayal,” said Cardinal Joseph Zen, the feisty, 86-year-old former archbishop of Hong Kong who has led the opposition to the deal.

“The consequences will be tragic and long lasting, not only for the Church in China but for the whole Church because it damages the credibility. Maybe that’s why they might keep the agreement secret,” Zen told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

Vatican sources have said the deal will not be published and can be reviewed and fine-tuned in the future.


The Vatican said that as part of the deal, Pope Francis had recognized the legitimacy of the seven remaining state-appointed Chinese bishops who had been named without papal approval and had re-admitted them into the Church.

“Today, for the first time all the bishops in China are in communion with the Bishop of Rome (the pope),” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State and one of the chief architects of the deal, said in a statement.

Vatican sources have said that a few bishops appointed by Rome will cede their places to bishops who had been appointed by Beijing.

In future, new bishops first will be proposed by members of local Catholic communities together with Chinese authorities. The names of candidates will be sent to the Vatican and the pope will make a final decision, the sources said.
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Post by: Amo on Sat Apr 11, 2020 - 12:49:34

Vatican Signs First Accord with 'Palestine'
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Post by: Amo on Sat Apr 11, 2020 - 12:52:26

Vatican signs legal accord with Angola