Pope Francis’ 1 Year Anniversary


On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became the Bishop of Rome.  He took the name Pope Francis. Today marks the one-year anniversary of his pontificate.  Here is some information from a related interview:

The Holy Father, who was interviewed by editor in chief Ferruccio de Bortoli, reflected on several themes of his pontificate which will celebrate its first anniversary on March 13th…The Holy Father says that while he doesn’t miss his homeland, he would like to visit his sister who has been sick. However, he noted, that it does not justify an apostolic trip just yet. The Pope confirmed that he doesn’t plan to visit Latin America before 2016. “Now I must go to the Holy Land, Asia and then Africa,” he said.

The Holy Father once again addressed accusations that his views were Marxist. Upon the release of Evangelii Gaudium, American conservative media figure Rush Limbaugh said his views on capitalism and the plight of the poor were “pure Marxism”.

But the Pope told Corriere della Sera that he has “never shared the Marxist ideology because it is not true, but I know many good people who have professed Marxism.”…

Referring to the Pope’s upcoming visit to the Holy Land, Bortoli wondered if it would bring about an agreement on intercommunion with the Orthodox Church. While acknowledging that everyone is anxious to obtain results, Pope Francis said the path to unity means to walk and work together.

“I’m not sure if the story is true, where it is said that Athenagoras suggested to Paul VI that they should walk together and send all theologians to an island to argue amongst themselves,” the Pope said. “It’s a joke but it is important to walk together. Orthodox theology is very rich. And I believe that they have at this moment great theologians. Their vision of the Church and of sinodality (collegiality) is wonderful.” http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-says-ideological-perceptions-of-him-are-offensive

Upon his election, I finalized a book titled The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? In it, I warned about his ecumenical tendencies and warned that the final pontiff would be an antipope/Antichrist according to prophecy and would not truly be Roman Catholic.  Francis has taken steps to get many to wonder about that.

Here is a piece about Francis and his first anniversary:

Francis is a shock, a surprise, a delight to some and a disaster to others.

Catholic traditionalists often feel that Francis has let them down, broken the line of orthodoxy initiated by John Paul and solidified by Benedict and opened up the doors to the liberalism that they believe did so much damage in the 1960s and 70s. They believe the pope reserves the harshest words and tones for conservatives and is confusing followers with too many interviews, too many contradictions and too little thought and reflection.

The conservative Catholicism – and in particular the Latin Mass – that was rekindled by Pope Benedict is being jettisoned, they claim, and this will end in disaster. Some of these Catholics say all this only privately, others are beginning to articulate their complaints loudly and publicly.

Not so, respond those more in the mainstream or on the liberal wing of the church. This is the pope of the people, the poor and those who have left the church or feel betrayed by it. Francis, they insist, is making Catholicism relevant again and opening up the conversation to those who had assumed the papacy had stopped speaking long ago.

So where is the truth? Somewhere in the middle I would think.  http://www.torontosun.com/2014/03/06/too-soon-to-write-pope-francis-legacy

Many like Francis and others severely distrust him.

Francis often will look like a lamb, yet he often speaks as a dragon (cf. Revelation 13:11), especially his Marian focus.

His economic views suggest that he, at least, has socialist leanings.  It is important to realize that the Bible does mention that the final King of the North (the Beast of the sea of Revelation 13) will end up with a lot of gold, silver, and precious stones (Daniel 11:38,43) and that a seven-hilled/mountain-based power will have “gold and precious stones and pearls” (Revelation 17:4).  Because of this, I have wondered if is it possible that before the Beast rises up that the Antichrist will use material items for bait? The more Pope Francis proposes wealth distribution, the closer the time may come when the Vatican takes concrete action (he established an economic council last month that is scheduled to hold meetings this May, and they may ultimately figure in to all of this).  Remember, in addition to broad statements on wealth disparities, Pope Francis stated he wanted his church poor and for the poor right after beginning his pontificate, and has made some similar statements since.  He may also consider that the Ukrainians and/or the European Union is poor enough at some time to offer significant financial assistance.

As alluded to earlier, one of the most obvious things about his pontificate is how ‘Marian’ focused he is.  Notice the first place that Pope Francis visited after being elected pontiff:

In his first outing from the Vatican, Pope Francis went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pray before the image of the patroness of Rome…

Cardinal Abril y Castelló:… he told me he wanted to visit Saint Mary Major. I told him I was delighted, of course, and that I would accompany him if he so wished. He answered, “Yes, of course.”

So we accompanied him. Cardinal Agostino Vallini also came. There was no one was in the Basilica for security reasons. It was a lovely moment of prayer to the Virgin, after offering her the bouquet of flowers. He stayed a while praying in silence. Then we all sang the Salve Regina.

Yesterday he said to me specifically, I want to go to pray to the Virgin to entrust my whole pontificate to her, so that she will bless it and help me. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/welcoming-the-pope-to-mary-s-house

So, Pope Francis did not entrust his pontificate to the God of the Bible, but instead to a version of Mary that is contrary to scripture.  This is something that a real man of God simply would not do.  I would state that Catholic traditions teach that ‘Mary’ will be key to getting a universal ecumenical unity with Rome.

The Marian focus has continued throughout his pontificate.  This has also been combined with his quest for ecumenical unity.  And he has been trying to pave the way for that. (He even sent a ‘selfie’ video to be played by Charistmatic Kenneth Copeland, that various Protestants seem to have accepted ‘hook, line, and sinker,’ watch the video Charismatic Kenneth Copeland and Anglican Tony Palmer: Protestants Beware!)

The Bible tells of two kinds of ecumenical unity.  The first of which is the end time Babylonian form, which is warned against in scriptural prophecy (Revelation 18:1-4). The second time is the correct one, and it happens is AFTER Jesus returns, not before as the ecumenicalists advocate–check out Zechariah 2:10-11.  Pope Francis and others should heed what the Bible says and not seek a unity that the Bible warns against.  But that is what this pontiff has been working on doing in his first year–and he has plans to continue with that agenda.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Should you be concerned about the ecumenical movement? Are you aware of the ecumenical movement? Do you understand the biblical dangers of it? Do you know what the World Council of Churches is supposed to be all about? Are you aware what has been happening recently with the Eastern Orthodox? Did you know that in December 2013, Pope Francis’ representative essentially eliminated a ‘conservative order’ and said that they needed to abide by Vatican II? Will there be signs and wonders that will help bring about ecumenical unity? Is compromise away from the Bible what must occur for the type of unity that many Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic leaders want?
Why Should American Catholics Should Fear Unity with the Orthodox? Are the current ecumenical meetings a good thing or will they result in disaster? Is doctrinal compromise good?
Orthodox Must Reject Unity with the Roman Catholics Unity between these groups will put them in position to be part of the final end time Babylon that the Bible warns against as well as require improper compromise.
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?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States? In the Spanish language check out ¿Quién es el Rey del Norte? Here is a link to a video titled: The Future King of the North.
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?
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.
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? Here is a link to a YouTube video Marian Apparitions May Fulfill Prophecy.
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?
The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Amazon Book What does the Bible say about a pope near this time? Is the final pope to be an antipope and antichrist? Does Catholic prophecy point to Pope Francis as being the dreaded “Peter the Roman”? This 186 page book provides information and answers.
The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Kindle This electronic version of the printed book which is available for only US$2.99. And you do not need an actual Kindle device to read it. Why? Amazon will allow you to download it to almost any device: Please click HERE to download one of Amazon s Free Reader Apps. After you go to for your free Kindle reader and then go to The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Kindle.
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?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. [Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja do deus?]
The History of Early Christianity Are you aware that what most people believe is not what truly happened to the true Christian church? Do you know where the early church was based? Do you know what were the doctrines of the early church? Is your faith really based upon the truth or compromise?

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