Pope Francis Is The Last Pope

Is Francis the last Pope? A rare interview with Archbishop Gänswein


Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Benedict XVI’s own view of his historical resignation? What has the fall-out been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s controversial remark on an “expanded petrine office”? What about the “Prophesy of Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pontiff?

In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions.
The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Papal Household, and has also maintained his duties as secretary for retired pontiff Benedict XVI.

‘Nature had spoken’

When a massive lightning strike lit up the top of Saint Peter’s dome on the evening of Feb. 11, 2013, many observers chose to interpret this as a divine reaction to the historical announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation, made that very morning. As his personal secretary, Archbishop Gänswein, reminisced about how both he and Benedict only found out about the lightning strike after the event. “The impression was one of a sign from above, a reaction,” he told Badde. When he showed Benedict images of the spectacular incident a few days later, the pope asked whether this was some kind of digital montage, Gänswein said, adding: “however, nature had spoken.”

How Pope Benedict sees his decision to resign today

Archbishop Gänswein spoke about the painful emotional impact of Benedict’s farewell from the papal office and household. “Indeed, I found myself compelled to openly cry,” he said. However, with three years having passed since, “there has been a lot of reflection, personal reflection included.”
He affirmed that “Pope Benedict was – and to this day all the more is – very much at peace with his decision to resign, and that it was the right step to take. That helped me personally to overcome my initial resistance and accept what Pope Benedict truly realized after much struggle and prayer, what he found to be the right thing and then decided on.”

Benedict’s greatest joys since retiring, Gänswein said, are “to have time for prayer, for reflection and reading – but also for personal encounters,” despite also living “the life of a monk” in the monastery he now resides in.

An ‘Expanded Petrine Office?’

There are a number of cardinals, Paul Badde said during the interview, that are “upset when hearing that the Church currently has two living successors to Peter. Recently you spoke about an expanded petrine office, that Pope Benedict is said to have introduced. Could you explain that a bit further?”
“I saw from among the reactions that I was imputed to have said a number of things that I did not say. Of course, Pope Francis is the legitimate and legitimately elected pope,” Archbishop Gänswein said.
“Any talk of two popes, one legitimate, one illegitimate, is therefore incorrect.” What he did in fact say, Archbishop Gänswein added, was that Benedict continues to be present in prayer and sacrifice, which bears spiritual fruit.

The archbishop also dismissed any talk of problems or even some form of rivalry. “When applying common sense, faith and a little theology, that should be clear.”

The ‘Prophecy of the Popes’

During the interview, Paul Badde referenced an old alleged prophecy that has recently gained traction in some clerical discussions: The “Prophesy of the Popes.” Also known as the “Prophesy of Malachy,” the prediction is attributed to Saint Philipp Neri – according to which, Pope Francis may be considered to be the last pope.

“Indeed, when looking at the prophecy, and considering how there was always a sound reference to popes mentioned in its history – that gives me the shivers,” Archbishop Gänswein admitted.
Although Catholics aren’t required to accept the prophecy, “speaking from historical experience, one has to say: Yes, it is a wake-up call.”

Even Pope Francis Knows The End Is Near

Last pope’ prophecy gives Francis’ prefect ‘shivers’
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Sees lightning strike on St. Peter’s dome as ‘sign from above’
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Many don’t take St. Malachy’s controversial prophecy suggesting Pope Francis will be the “last pope,” but his prefect says, along with a spectacular lightning strike atop St. Peter’s dome on the day his predecessor resigned, it gives him “the shivers.”

In an interview with the Catholic News Agency and EWTN News, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said about the lightning strike Feb. 11, 2013, that “nature had spoken.”

Gänswein, who served Pope Benedict as well, revealed he felt “compelled to cry” at his decision to retire. However, with three years having passed, he added, “there has been a lot of reflection, personal reflection included.”

“Pope Benedict was – and to this day all the more is – very much at peace with his decision to resign, and that it was the right step to take,” he said. “That helped me personally to overcome my initial resistance and accept what Pope Benedict truly realized after much struggle and prayer, what he found to be the right thing and then decided on.”

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While some inside the Vatican were concerned with the precedent of having “two living popes,” Gänswein said: “Of course, Pope Francis is the legitimate and legitimately elected pope.”

“Any talk of two popes, one legitimate, one illegitimate, is therefore incorrect,” he added, dismissing any form of rivalry. “When applying common sense, faith and a little theology, that should be clear.”
The interviewer asked about an old prophecy that has recently gained traction in some clerical discussions: The “Prophecy of the Popes” – also known as the “Prophecy of Malachy,” which would suggest Pope Francis may be considered to be the last pope.

“Indeed, when looking at the prophecy, and considering how there was always a sound reference to popes mentioned in its history – that gives me the shivers,” Gänswein admitted. Although Catholics aren’t required to accept the prophecy, “speaking from historical experience, one has to say: Yes, it is a wake-up call.”

Christmas Is Preparing For Chist’s Second Coming (Isaiah 11)

Mac Slavo December 22, 2015

In their book Petrus Romanus, authors Tom Horn and Cris Putnam made two startling predictions. In 2012, while Pope Benedict was still in office, they predicted the occurrence of an event that had not happened for over 600 years – Benedict’s abdication of the Papacy. When Pope Benedict resigned early the following year it came as a total shock to the one billion Catholics worldwide. The two researchers, who jokingly say their inspiration was the Holy Spirit, have remained tight-lipped about how they were able to forecast an almost unprecedented event so accurately.

But as incredible of a prediction as it was, it is nothing compared to the second one Horn and Putnam put forth. The two cite a 600-year old prophecy by Saint Malachy who, through inspiration from God reportedly penned the names of the next 112 Popes in succession. As it turns out, Benedict’s resignation would lead to the eventual election of Pope Francis, the 112th person on the list. Where things get scary is that the Prophecy ends with Francis – after him Malachy listed no more successors. The prophecy itself refers to this final pope as “Petrus Romanus,” or Peter the Roman.
According to Malachy’s prophecy the world is headed into dark times:

“In extreme persecution the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman.”
“Who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible or fearsome judge will judge his people.
The End.”

Prophecy of the Popes – Attributed to St. Malachy circa 1139 A.D.

Whatever your thoughts on prophecy or prediction, Pope Francis holds incredible influence over some one billion Catholics worldwide. He is after all, the successor to Peter, the first Pope and direct disciple of Jesus Christ. So when the Pope speaks his words have serious ramifications for the Church. Within the last couple years he has already caused controversy both within the Church and the broader Christian public surrounding his thoughts on climate change, homosexual rights, and wealth distribution, with many saying that his changes to long-held doctrine could lead to the end of the Catholic Church as we know it today.

But his latest warnings could spell the literal End of Days

“It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war,” he said grimly.
We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war,” he said earlier in December.
The Pontiff, who turned 79 on Thursday, elaborated on his views this weekend, telling a crowd, “While the world starves, burns, and descends further into chaos, we should realise that this year’s Christmas celebrations for those who choose to celebrate it may be their last“.
Is Pope Francis simply assessing, like many have, the dire situation around the world as it relates to economic and geo-political strife? Or is he aware that he is, in fact, destined to be the Final Pope who oversees not just the destruction of the Church, but the entire planet?

Christ Will Return Within 5 Years (Malachy Prophecy)

Pope Francis predicts his tenure will be ‘brief’

From selfies to kids stealing his spotlight, we take a look at some funny and controversial moments during Pope Francis’ past two years. Junius Randolph

Hearing confessions to mark his second anniversary as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis offered a confession of his own Friday: He doubts he’ll be pontiff for long.

“I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief, four or five years; I do not know, even two or three,” the 78-year-old Francis said during an interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

“Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat vague sensation,” he said, according to a Vatican translation from Spanish. “I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more.”

He compared the feeling to “a gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed. And if he wins, he’s happy.”

Does he like being pope?

“I do not mind!” he replied. But Francis said he’d like the job better if he had a little more freedom and anonymity, particularly for one purpose.

“The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza,” he told the interviewer.

Francis had previously said he thought his reign would be only two to three years. He pointed to Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation in 2013.

“I share the idea of what Benedict did,” he said. “In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution.”

He does not, however, think there should be an age — 80, for instance — at which popes should be forced to retire.

The Argentine-born Francis remains enormously popular worldwide. A recent poll showed that 90% of American Catholics approve of him, as well as 70% of all Americans, regardless of their religion or beliefs.

“He’s changed my faith,” Rossella Devivo, who described herself as a lapsed Catholic, told CBS News. “I had absolutely no intention of entering a church, but since he’s been pope, I have grown more religious. This is absolutely incredible for me. He has brought me closer to the church.”

At Mass Friday, Francis announced a special Jubilee Year, only the 27th such declaration in church history. Starting Dec. 8, the church will focus on forgiveness and mercy.

St. John Paul II declared the last Holy Year in 2000 to mark the start of the third millennium.

This From The Leader Of Islam That Says “GOD BEGETS NO SON” (Quran 23)

By Salma Abdelaziz, CNN
December 30, 2014 — Updated 1514 GMT (2314 HKT)
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Khamenei’s Iron Fist
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei compares U.S. protests to Middle East conflicts
  • One tweet included #BlackLivesMatter, a hashtag popularized by supporters of Eric Garner

Abu Dhabi (CNN) — In a series of blunt tweets over the holiday weekend, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei entered America’s debate on race and police violence — comparing unrest in states like New York and Missouri to conflicts in the Middle East.

On Sunday he tweeted: “#Jesus endured sufferings to oppose tyrants who had put humans in hell in this world& the hereafter while he backed the oppressed. #Ferguson”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s chief political and religious authority, acknowledged the role of Jesus in Islamic theology and compared the biblical prophet’s struggle to that of black people in the United States.
The tweet included #BlackLivesMatter, a hashtag popularized in recent weeks by supporters of Eric Garner, a 43-year old African-American man that died after being put in a chokehold by a NYPD officer.
It read: “It’s expected that followers of #Jesus follow him in his fight against arrogants and in his support for the oppressed. #BlackLivesMatter”
On Christmas Eve, the Ayatollah lumped the struggle of Palestinians in the Gaza strip with protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police, and called on members of all three monotheistic faiths to stand-up against oppression.
The tweet said: “#Jesus like all prophets was herald of monotheism& human dignity; nowadays humanity needs this message more than ever.#Ferguson #Gaza 1/1/93″
The unverified Twitter account, widely accepted as the mouthpiece of the Ayatollah’s social media campaign, often posts diatribes against the West and Israel to its more than 91,000 followers.
In August of this year, the leader published a poignant image that criticized President Barack Obama’s support for Israel during the country’s military operation to debilitate Hamas, a group many Western nations including the U.S. designate as a terrorist organization.
“US govt has subjugated a great nation w/ massive resources to a criminal regime like #Israel.10/31/12 #Ferguson #Gaza,” it said.
In response, some Twitter users accused the Ayatollah of hypocrisy, and tweeted him with hashtags such as #AllLivesMatter, #GayLivesMatter and #KurdishLivesMatter.
In its 2013 report on Iran, Human Rights Watch said: “Many civil society activists remained in prison on political charges. Authorities regularly subjected prisoners, especially those convicted on politically motivated charges, to abuse and deprive them of necessary medical treatment.
“Iranian women continued to face discrimination in many areas including personal status matters. Authorities restricted political participation and employment of minority groups, who account for about 10% of the population.”

Christ Has Nothing To Do With Political Agendas, But Mohammed’s Allah Does

Dueling Christmas Messages from Tehran and Iranian Resistance
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Iran News Update
25 December 2014

Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and National Council of Resistance of Iran President Maryam Rajavi have each marked this year’s Christmas holiday with their own messages to Christians and others, invoking the memory of Jesus to support contrasting narratives.
Khamenei used Jesus’ name in a series of tweets on Christmas Eve, describing the Christian savior and Muslim prophet as a would-be ally in conflicts against Israel and Iran’s adversaries. Rajavi, on the other hand, quoted the Jesus of the Quran as saying, “I shall bring blessing and dignity to all people wherever I may be.”

In her Christmas letter to friends and supporters of the Iranian resistance, Rajavi went on to call renewed attention to human rights abuses and the denial of dignity to ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, including Christians. In her one-page message she cited Tehran-backed attacks on Iranian exile communities in Iraq, as well as a series of acid attacks on improperly veiled women as examples of these human rights abuses.

Khamenei’s Christmas Even tweets appeared to be broader in scope but less specific and repeatedly used “Jesus” as a hashtag to criticize Israel and the “arrogant” powers that Tehran has long identified as its lifelong enemies.

“It’s time for all caring Muslims, Christians & Jews to obey the prophets & truly honor #Jesus’ birthday by standing up agnst Israeli crimes,” said one tweet.

Others linked the Christmas holiday to ongoing protests in the United States over the deaths of several African Americans at the hands of police officers. “Unconcerned abt the teachings of #Jesus, arrogants have tightened the living sphere for nations and oppressed ppl,” said another tweet, concluding with the trending hashtag “BlackLivesMatter.”

It is not the first time that Khamenei has co-opted Western activists social media campaigns to advance an Iranian agenda. In May, his official Twitter account used the American feminist hashtag “YesAllWomen” in order to tweet criticism of the “sexual sins” of Western nations and it their effect on families.

Khamenei’s English-language tweets on these and other topics consistently avoid addressing obvious contradictions between his remarks about foreign governments and his own country’s domestic policies, which include policies banning men and women from co-mingling in public places and barring members of ethnic and religious minorities from education and other government services.

Rajavi’s Christmas message of course addressed these issues in Khamenei’s stead. “We shall not forget all those jailed, tortured and executed simply for believing in a cause greater than themselves: Freedom,” she wrote before going on to look ahead to the future of the nation from which her group has been exiled since the 1980s: “In 2015, we will renew our commitment to a free, non-nuclear and democratic Iran.”

The Abominations of the Islamic State

Steven Stoloff Beheaded By ISIS

Steven Stoloff Beheaded By ISIS

(Reuters) – The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.

A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State”, the SITE monitoring service said.

The purported executioner appeared to be the same British-accented man who appeared in an Aug. 19 video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley, and it showed a similar desert setting. In both videos, the captives wore orange jumpsuits.

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and … on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings,” the man said.

“So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

In the video, Sotloff describes himself as “paying the price” for the U.S. intervention in Iraq with his life.

APPEAL

Sotloff, a freelance journalist, was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. Sotloff’s mother Shirley appealed on Aug. 27 in a videotaped message to Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for her son’s release.

In the video it released last month, Islamic State said Foley’s death was in retaliation for U.S. air strikes on its insurgents who have overrun wide areas of northern Iraq.

The United States resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011.

The raids followed major gains by Islamic State, which has declared an Islamic Caliphate in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

In Washington, the White House said it could not immediately confirm that Islamic State had released a video of Sotloff’s beheading.

“We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.  We will provide more information when it is available.”

VIDEO APPEARS AUTHENTIC

A source familiar with the matter said that while U.S. officials have yet to formally confirm the validity of the video, it appeared to be authentic.

Iraq’s outgoing foreign minister Hoshiyar Zebari, condemned what he called “this savage killing…an example of savagery and evil.” and said this was evidence of the need for Iraq and the West to defeat the Islamic State.

“We have a common enemy and the whole world is moving in the right direction to stop this savagery and brutality,” Zebari said. “The whole world is standing united against IS. They must be defeated so these horrid scenes will not be repeated.”

Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim politician Sami Askari, who is close to outgoing Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said: “They are trying to scare the Americans not to intervene. I don’t think Washington will be scared and stop …

“This is evil. Every human being has to fight this phenomenon. Like cancer, there is no cure. You have to fight it.”

A person with ties to the Islamic State in Diyala province said the group had suffered badly in northern Iraq since U.S. air strikes began last month, ahead of the filmed execution of Foley and grisly video of the beheading of a Kurdish soldier.

“The defeat of the Islamic State in the battle of Mosul Dam contributed to a deflating of the morale of its fighters and the American strikes have also succeeded in restricting their field operations,” the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

“The initiative is not with Islamic State anymore, it’s with their enemy now.”

The United States is taking the Islamic State insurgents far more seriously now than it did six months ago, when Obama told the New Yorker magazine that they were the “JV team,” which is short for “junior varsity” and means they are not the best players on the field.

On Aug. 24, al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants in Syria freed an American writer, Peter Theo Curtis, who had been missing since 2012, following what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar to secure his release.

(Additional reporting by Noah Browning, Mark Hosenball and Ned Parker; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Mark Heinrich)

Why Christ Is Pi: The Narrow Gate

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

What does π look like? π is a gate, the design upon which the temples were built. And π is an infinite and transcendental number, a number not understood in finite mortal terms. And Einstein said that if he could comprehend π, then he could comprehend God, for π is the number of God. And it truly is. And what does π look like? It is the narrow gate, for it represents Christ who is the Gate. And do you remember what He said on the Mount? “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:12-13) For we all were created by the Father, and we all have fallen away from the Father. But Christ interceded on our behalf, and gave us the gateway to return to the Father. But to complete the circle back to the Father, we must go through Christ who is the narrow Gate. And what is the formula to complete the circle? The formula of circumference = π · diameter. Circumference is the path to return to the Father, and diameter is the distance you are away from the Father. And Solomon was told when he constructed the temple, that value of π was equal to 3, “ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was completely round… and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.” (1 Kings 7:23). And obviously that answer was far from complete. For many have come close, but no one on their own has returned to the Father. For this is humanly impossible, for π is an infinite number. Until Christ the Son came down to mankind, for He is the Gate “the way, the truth, and the life. No one can go to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Christ is π. When we go through Him, then we return to the Father.But no one can return to the Father except through Him!

Christ = π = The Narrow Gate
Circumference = π · diameter
Circumference = path back to the Father
diameter = distance between you & the Father
π = 3.1415926535897923847274338327950288…

Christ is Pi the Narrow Gate

Christ is Pi the Narrow Gate

And the circular pattern above is a symbol commonly used in India. For the pattern represents karma, “what goes around, comes around”! All have come from the Father, and all will return to the Father.

Amen. All men.