Rome Reports about North Korea and how a very small remnant of the Church remains relying on beans to support the praying of the Holy Rosary. When North Korea is liberated (and make no mistake, one day it will be) it is this type of remnant Church that will emerge again and spread the true Faith. When priests are gone and there are no bishops, how will the Catholic Church remain in some form? It will be through the laity who have strong popular devotions, such as the Holy Rosary! Pope Francis knows this and thus he is striving to revive the popular devotions in the Church especially the Marian ones.
Father Z picks up on reports of the extreme Muslim terrorist group Isis leader saying the following about conquering Rome:
(He) saw this at The Telegraph:
Rome will be conquered next, says leader of Islamic State
Muslims have been called to flock to the Islamic State to gather for a battle against non-believers throughout the world
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe.
Baghdadi, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies, said Muslims were being targetted and killed from China to Indonesia. Speaking as the first Caliph,
or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the
Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state.
“Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as
immigration to the house of Islam is a duty,” he said in an audio
recording released on a website used by the group formerly known as the
Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
“Rush O Muslims to your state. It is your state. Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not for Iraqis. The land is for the Muslims, all Muslims.
“This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.”
Having claimed the title of “caliph”, Baghdadi appealed to “judges and those who have military and managerial and service skills, and doctors and engineers in all fields.”
He also called on jihadi fighters to escalate fighting in the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday. “In this virtuous month or in any other month, there is no deed better than jihad in the path of Allah, so take advantage of this opportunity and walk the path of you righteous predecessors,” he said. “So to arms, to arms, soldiers of the Islamic s, fight, fight.”
My final comments: Keep in mind that Constantinople, the Rome of the Eastern Church, was conquered by Muslims and the Cathedral Church the Hagia Sophia was taken over by them and turned into a Mosque. The symbolism of this Muslim take-over would have been as shocking as taking over St. Peter's Basilica in Rome by Muslims. As well the city's name was changed to Istanbul. What would Rome's name become? Islamaroma?