Pope Francis (Source: presidencia.gov.ar)
Russia’s President Putin and Pope Francis both kissed a Marian image today:
November 25, 2013
VATICAN CITY — Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his religious side during a visit Monday to the Vatican, stopping to cross himself and kiss an icon of the Madonna that he gave to Pope Francis…
Francis gave Putin a ceramic mosaic of the Vatican gardens, and Putin presented Francis with an image of the icon of the Madonna of Vladimir, an important religious icon for the Russian Orthodox faithful.
After they exchanged the gifts, Putin asked Francis if he liked the icon, and Francis said he did. Putin then crossed himself and kissed the image, and Francis followed suit.
The Argentine pope is particularly devoted to Marian icons. http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/25/3778477/putin-shows-faith-kisses-madonna.html#storylink=cpy
Pope Francis is a big promoter of Mary as well as the apparition in Fatima. He nearly immediately entrusted his pontificate to ‘Mary’ (see Pope Francis entrusts pontificate to ‘Mary’ and Cardinal hopes for Islamic cooperation), further had his pontificate consecrated to the Lady of Fatima (see Pope Francis’ pontificate consecrated to ‘Lady of Fatima’), and then last month consecrated the world to his version of her ‘immaculate heart’ (see Francis consecrated world to the ‘immaculate heart’ of an alleged ‘Fatima’ statue).
Pope Francis is pushing a Marian agenda.
Vladimir Putin has tended to push a Russian Orthodox agenda that aligns with his political agenda. He also sometimes publicly takes what would be considered moral stands. He, for example, signed a law, which in particular bans advertising abortions (http://rbth.ru/news/2013/11/25/putin_signs_law_banning_advertising_abortions_32015.html).
Increased cooperation between the Church of Rome and the Eastern Orthodox is expected. This Marian veneration today is consistent with that.
Of course, early Christians neither venerated Mary nor kissed, or even had, images of her. As Marian veneration gets more public attention, the time apparently will come when more in the general public will venerate the images themselves than we have seen. Especially if one or more claimed Marian images becomes public.
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The Malachy Prophecies and “Peter the Roman” An Irish bishop allegedly predicted something about 112 popes in the 12th century. Pope Benedict XVI was number 111. Francis would seem to be number 112–if he is that one–and if so, he is to reign until Rome is destroyed. May he be an antipope/final Antichrist?
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