Pope Pleased that Europeans Want Defenders in the Middle East

Pope Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict made the news:

Pope Lauds Call to Defend Mideast Christians
Rome’s Zenit News – Jan 10, 2011
VATICAN CITY – Benedict XVI is expressing appreciation to the European countries that have taken up the call to defend Mideast Christians under violent attack.
The Pope stated this today in an annual New Year address to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. http://www.catholic.net/index.php?option=zenit&id=31405

His comments were apparently in response to the following items:

Foreign minister calls on EU to protect Christians
AKI – Jan 7, 2011

Rome (AKI) – Italy’s foreign minister Franco Frattini on Friday sent a letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urging the bloc to take steps to protect Christians around the world, according to unnamed sources at the Italian foreign ministry. The letter, signed by the Italian, French, Polish and Hungarian foreign ministers asks for the persecution of Christians to be discussed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on 31 January, the sources said. It calls for concrete action to be taken to uphold respect for religious freedom and freedom of expression, said the sources.

France calls for European response to attacks on Christians
AFP – Jan 4, 2011

French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie on Tuesday called on Europe to come up with a coordinated response to attacks on the Middle East’s Christians after this week’s deadly bombing in Egypt.

Alliot-Marie told Europe 1 radio that she would send a letter to European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton asking that “not only France but all of Europe takes up… this problem in its entirety.”  http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/french-news/france-calls-for-european-response-to-attacks-on-christians_121199.html

Notice that this seems to suggest that the Europeans, not the Americans, are the ones getting involved in protecting the primarily Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant victims/terror targets.  Ultimately the Europeans will decide to also go into Jerusalem.

Jesus taught:

20 But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.  (Luke 21:20, NKJV)

And while this has not happened yet, steps are being taken to fulfill that prophecy.  Pope Benedict’s comments may be referred to by others in the future as partial justification to put enough European troops in the Jerusalem area.

We in the Living Church of God believe that many world events are currently lining up with Bible prophecy.  And while the end is not yet here, it is getting closer than most seem to think.

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