Thursday, August 28, 2014

POPE FRANCIS A TARGET OF ISIS?

I was at this outdoor Mass in October when Pope Francis consecrated the world to our Lady of Fatima. I was fortunate enough to distribute Holy Communion at this Mass and was seated on the front row with other priests directly opposite to where the "Our Lady of Fatima" statue was placed on the top step of St. Peter's Basilica. With what is happening in the world with ISIS, I continue to wonder about the third secret of Fatima and to just what pope it refers:
Fatima and Islam
       A Muslim Princess is linked to the place where Blessed Virgin appeared in Portugal in 1917.   Long before these heavenly events, a place near where the apparitions would occur, was named after this Princess named Fatima.  In the unfolding of time, Mary manifested herself on earth, and the place called Fatima would become attached to her, as Our Lady of Fatima. 

       Fatima was the favorite daughter of Muhammad, so we associate the name with Islam. In this way the namesake in Portugal is connected to the Muslims.  But it seems to go deeper than this. 
      
       The name Fatima may be thought of as a bridge between Christendom to Islam.  As such, it's not a bridge to nowhere, that we hear about today, but a bridge to somewhere: to a much better world, where we may hope for a better understanding between Christians and Muslims. Read more HERE.

Vatican Addresses Report Saying Pope Francis Is An ISIS Target

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The Vatican is speaking out against a claim that Pope Francis is a target of the Islamic State militant group, otherwise known as ISIS.

In an article published Monday, Italy's Il Tempo newspaper reported that the pope is a target of ISIS. The paper, citing an unnamed Italian intelligence source, states the pope -- who is considered the "bearer of false truths" by the group -- is "in the crosshairs of ISIS" and that the extremist group plans to "raise the level of confrontation" by attacking Italy and greater Europe.

However, the Vatican has dismissed the report.

“There is nothing serious to this," spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi S.J. told Catholic News Agency. "There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation."
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is behind the group's offense to overtake large regions of Iraq and Syria in an effort to establish its own Islamic State, issued a threat against Rome earlier this summer, near the start of Ramadan.

"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," he said in an audio recording posted online and reported by the Telegraph. "This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills."

Earlier this month, ISIS took control of Iraq's largest Christian city, CNN reported. At the time, the pontiff expressed concern for Christians in the region.

While he has not endorsed American airstrikes against the group, Pope Francis has said ISIS must be stopped.

"I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means," he said during a press conference last week, according to CNN. Adding: "It is there that this should be discussed. Is there an unjust aggressor? It would seem there is. How do we stop him?

And then there is this from Rorate Caeli about a new Fatima Secret? READ ON.

1 comment:

JusadBellum said...

China is expanding its armed forces and establishing forward based positions in the Spratley islands thus allowing it to encroach on or disrupt the sea lanes running past Vietnam to Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Philippines. There's a regional arms race going on (not that any 'peace and justice' American seems to realize).

Russia is reforming the USSR. There are more Russian tanks in the region than all of NATO combined (thanks to the US pulling our tanks out of Germany). Europe has never been more vulnerable than it is now.

Africa - on fire from east to west. Middle East coming unglued with at least 4 groups vying for pole position as Caliphate (Turkey, Iran, Isis, Saudis). Of course the US has been fighting in Africa for 13 years (again, not that anyone has cared much about that conflict).

Venezuela...when was the last time anyone heard about them? Yeah, it's terrible. Imagine not hearing horror stories about socialist failed states. How about Argentina or even Mexico...complete US media blackout. It's as if nothing is going on.

Thus Russian tanks can roll into Ukraine and it's not sudden 9/11 level coverage. We're lulled to sleep and distraction. The world has never been so close to WW3 and we can't even generate a 'meh' response.