Ecumenical Marian message of dual papal canonizations

Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II


The Vatican ‘canonized’ the late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII today. Here is some information about it:

April 27, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people today filled St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for a historic day involving four popes.

In the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI, Francis declared John XXIII and John Paul II saints – in the first canonisation of two pontiffs.

Benedict, now aged 87, was sitting off to the side with other cardinals in the square during the rite at the start of Sunday’s Mass. 

Italian officials predicted 1million were watching the Mass from the square, the streets surrounding it and nearby piazzas where TV screens were set up.

April 27, 2014

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church celebrated the canonization John XXIII and John Paul II, two of the most influential figures of the 20th century…

Pope Francis noted…John XXIII and John Paul II, he said, were “priests, bishops and popes of the twentieth century”: they “lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful – faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother”…

“In convening the Council, John XXIII showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant-leader. This was his great service to the Church”.

For his part, the Holy Father continued, “John Paul II was the pope of the family,”

April 27, 2014

Here is the translation of the Pope’s homily at the Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II today in St. Peter’s Square…

Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the Church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries. Let us not forget that it is the saints who give direction and growth to the Church. In convening the Council, Saint John XXIII showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant-leader. This was his great service to the Church; he was the pope of openness to the Holy Spirit.

Because it involved two popes being ‘canonized’ together, as well as having two living one-time pontiffs present, this was a unique canonization.

This canonization, as I warned, was also highly ecumenical.  Pope Francis again pushed his version of ‘Mary.’  According to Catholic prophecy female-appearing figure they call Virgin Mary will help lead to the rise of Roman Catholicism throughout the world and essentially eliminate Protestants and the Eastern Orthodox.  Bible prophecy itself warns about a “virgin,” “lady of the kingdoms” (Isaiah 47), who is also called a harlot in Revelation 17, which is a compromised false church.  Pope Francis, who looks like a lamb to many, is speaking like a dragon (Revelation 13:11)–what he is trying to do is biblically warned against (Revelation 16:1-3; 18:4).

As far as Pope Francis’ comments about the claimed “openness to the Holy Spirit,” this is a ecumenical speak for accepting baptisms and ordinations of people of different religious backgrounds.  As reported here yesterday, more and more ecumenical acceptance of baptisms, etc. has been occurring between the Greco-Roman faiths, including Protestants (see WCC and ecumenical baptismal acceptance between Catholics and Protestants).  Of course, the Continuing Church of God is not a GrecoRomanProtestant religion, so we are not involved in accepting this ecumenical movement’s theology.  The Bible teaches against the type of ecumenical movement that is happening now (Zechariah 2:6-7; Revelation 13:4-9; 16:1-3; 18:4) and does not show that true unity of faith will occur until after the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God (Zechariah 2:10-11; Revelation 20:4-6).

As far as the ‘canonized’ pontiffs themselves go, Pope John XXIII set the ground work for the current ecumenical movement.  John XXIII called for an ecumenical council, known as Vatican II fewer than ninety years after the First Vatican Council (Vatican I’s predecessor, the Council of Trent, had been held in the 16th century. This decision was announced on January 29, 1959.  It had many repercussions and was a major impetus to the current ecumenical movement.

John Paul II did his part for the ecumenical movement in many ways.  He once declared that the Roman and Eastern Orthodox churches were the “two lungs” of the body.  Hence Pope John-Paul II has acknowledged that the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches are two parts of the same body. They apparently make up the two legs and somewhat the two feet (with ten toes) of the image of the Beast warned against in Daniel 2:33.

Furthermore, on 11 December 1983, John Paul II participated in an ecumenical service in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rome, the first papal visit ever to a Lutheran church. The visit took place 500 years after the birth of Martin Luther, the German priest, who initiated the Lutheran reformation.  In 1983, there was a joint statement on the doctrine of Justification by Faith between the Vatican and the Lutherans.  And that was later followed with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) on October 31, 1999.  The Lutherans and Catholics are now on ecumenically-friendly terms, and according to Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, true unity between those groups was agreed to in writing with the JDDJ in 1999.  And this happened under the pontificate of John Paul II.

Pope Francis is ecumenical and is pushing his ecumenical agenda, and this is one more step in his plan.  The fact that he also included ‘Mary’ is consistent with previous pronouncements and steps he has taken.

Some items of related interest may include:

Why Should American Catholics Fear Unity with the Orthodox? Are the current ecumenical meetings a good thing or will they result in disaster? Is doctrinal compromise good? Here is a link to a related video Should you be concerned about the ecumenical movement?
Beware: Protestants Going Towards Ecumenical Destruction! What is going on in the Protestant world? Are Protestants turning back to their ‘mother church’ in Rome? Does the Bible warn about this? What are Catholic plans and prophecies related to this? Is Protestantism doomed?
Could Pope Francis be the Last Pope and Antichrist? According to some interpretations of the prophecies of the popes by the Catholic saint and Bishop Malachy, Pope Francis I is in the position of “Peter the Roman,” the pontiff who reigns during tribulations until around the time of the destruction of Rome. Do biblical prophecies warn of someone that sounds like Peter the Roman? Could Francis I be the heretical antipope of Catholic private prophecies and the final Antichrist of Bible prophecy? This is a YouTube video.
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?
Some Doctrines of Antichrist Are there any doctrines taught outside the Churches of God which can be considered as doctrines of antichrist? This article suggests at least three. It also provides information on 666 and the identity of “the false prophet.” Plus it shows that several Catholic writers seem to warn about an ecumenical antipope that will support heresy. You can also watch a video titled What Does the Bible teach about the Antichrist?
Catholic Prophecies: Do They Mirror, Highlight, or Contradict Biblical Prophecies? People of all faiths may be surprised to see what various Roman and Orthodox Catholic prophets have been predicting as many of their predictions will be looked to in the 21st century.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions Do you know much about Mary? Are the apparitions real? What happened at Fatima? What might they mean for the rise of the ecumenical religion of Antichrist? Are Protestants moving towards Mary? How do the Eastern/Greek Orthodox view Mary? How might Mary view her adorers? See also the video Marian Apparitions May Fulfill Prophecy.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception? Did early Christians teach Mary had an immaculate conception and led a sinless life?
Origin of the Marian Dogmas: Where Do Catholic Scholars Say The Four Dogmas of Mary Came From?
Assumption of Mary Did Mary die? Was she taken to heaven on August 15th? What is known? What does the Bible show?
Will You Be Deceived by Antichrist? 1964 article by David Jon Hill, originally published in the old Good News magazine.
Two Horned Beast of Revelation and 666 Who is 666? This article explains how the COG views this, and compares this to Ellen White.
Pope Francis: Could this Marian Focused Pontiff be Fulfilling Prophecy? Pope Francis has taken many steps to turn people more towards his version of ‘Mary.’ Could this be consistent with biblical and Catholic prophecies? This article documents what has been happening. There is also a video version titled Pope Francis: Could this Marian Focused Pontiff be Fulfilling Prophecy?

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