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Space Weather: The Next Frontier For The Human Race – Susan Joy Rennison

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Good evening from a chilly but beautiful Surrey.

As all of my dear friends in the WordPress World are aware, I keenly follow the work of the respected and ever-amazing Susan Joy Rennison. The incredible Annette of fellow WordPress Blog, 2012 The Awakening, recently posted a link to Susan’s latest presentation ‘Space Weather: The Next Frontier For The Human Race’, given at the Studium Generale in the Netherlands on 5 February 2014.

I am unable to provide a link to the Studium Generale’s webpage at this stage (the University is undertaking maintenance to their website) but the presentation has proven to be one of the most popular ever viewed on the University’s page, with over 50,000 hits registering to date.

I was able to watch the video presentation prior to the downtime for the University’s website. Susan Joy Rennison’s own webpage details a link to the thought-provoking and informative Spaceweather Slideshow, which I believe was used during said presentation. I would recommend viewing of the Slideshow as this provides a solid framework for the information that was unveiled during the evening of 5 February 2014.

The Studium Generale presentation saw Susan Joy Rennison pointing out the issues facing us with the change in spaceweather, what plans global organisations are assessing/undertaking to help predict such changes and how these changes may have been foretold in ancient texts and artwork.

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The main points I enjoyed digesting from the video were:-

Part One:
The awareness of the true relationship between the Sun and the Planets nestled within the heliosphere, specifically the true nature of the relationship between the Sun and Earth;
Magnetars: the strange events surrounding SGR 1900+14 and its possible effects on Earth;
The Van Allen Belt: its three belt system, its ever-increasing dynamic behaviour and the severe blow it received in 2003;
Earth’s weakening magnetosphere, possible consequences and the steps being considered in order to mitigate these potential effects;
The arrival of new material in our Solar System – and NASA’s secret interest in this material;
The IBEX Mission Findings: the shrinking of the heliosphere and effects on the Solar System;
Changes to the outer Solar System’s planets – e.g., sudden ‘shining’ in the Infra-Red range;
The Changing View of Space-Time and Reality Shifts – and effects on human behaviour.

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Part Two
The linking of Metaphysics with contemporary science;
Prophecy in relation to Cosmic Changes;
The relevance of Tom Horne’s meticulous research into why the Elites were tracking events surrounding 21 December 2012;
Astronomical references in the texts of ancient civilisations – and the many similarities between them;
The similarities between the Constellation of Ophiuchus and the symbol for the Medical Caduceus;
The works of Gioacchino da Fiore, a 12th Century Mystic who prophesied the end of the Roman Catholic Church; and Pierre Teilhard of Chard, a 19th/20th Century Jesuit priest cum geologist whose book, ‘The Phenomenon of Man‘ was banned by the Roman Catholic Church;
The implication that early/current astronomical systems derived from one singular source many millions of years ago.

Finally, Susan reaches the apex of her remarkable presentation – the relevance of the Constellation of Ophiuchus. She presents an assortment of images of the Constellation throughout the ages. She discusses the stellar breeze that has been detected coming from the direction of Ophiuchus and whether there is a link with the different energies and ‘anomalous’ microwave emissions also being detected at this time. She also muses over the possibility that these energies may have visited this Planet before…

… as mentioned before, the video is currently unavailable. I would, however, strongly recommend a viewing once the University’s website is available once more. Amazing work by Susan Joy Rennison and much gratitude to her for such an incredible presentation. Thanks to the University for sharing the presentation on the Internet too.

The Next Level with Ace and Aurora (25 January 2014)

Fantastic Landscape Good evening from the waterlogged but still wonderful county of Surrey.

It’s been a busy but enormously enjoyable few weeks. On 25 January 2014, I was honoured and humbled to be invited to join two of my fellow hosts/producers on the second edition of their new FreedomSlips Revolution Radio show. Susan and Aurora Light-Sky host ‘The Next Level‘, which airs each Saturday at Midnight EST on the Station’s Studio B.

We chatted about a variety of topics, ranging from Earth and Solar System changes, The Electric Universe Theory, Near-Death Experiences, my appreciation of the BBC’s time travelling show ‘Doctor Who’ and also my Blogging here on WordPress.

We also discussed my maiden book ‘A Journey Into The Mysteries of Life (Book 1: The End of the Beginning)‘, – which details my early life, paranormal experiences, the lives of my Sister and Grandfather and the genesis of the communications that began from beyond the grave over 18 years ago.

Susan and Aurora are delightful hosts, immensely enjoyable company and two beautiful souls who I am honoured to know as my friends. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting on the Show – and I am delighted to share the show with you today…

(With many thanks to Susan and Aurora, who can also be found on their Blog, ‘The Next Level with Ace and Aurora‘. I would also like to thank Mike Ringley, the founder of FreedomSlips Revolution Radio, for just being his incredible self – and also to all of my friends at the Station. Thank you One and All 🙂 )

Update: ‘A Journey Into the Mysteries of Life (Book One): The End of the Beginning’

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Good evening from a peaceful Surrey.

I announce with heartfelt pride that ‘A Journey Into the Mysteries of Life (Book One): The End of the Beginning’ is now available as a ‘Nook Book‘ from Barnes and Noble.

You can find out more by clicking on the Cover Image or following the link below:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-journey-into-the-mysteries-of-life-willow-andreasson/1114970975?ean=9781291320275

Willow.

The Last Pope: Part Three

Pope Francis I, Image from Wikipedia

Pope Francis I, Image from Wikipedia

On 12 March 2013, 117 Cardinal-Electors – the Papal Conclave – representing every corner of the globe, gathered within the confines of the Vatican’ Sistine Chapel. Their task… to elect the Roman Catholic Church’s new leader, a position vacant since the 28 February 2013 resignation of the erstwhile Pope Benedict XVI.

At 7.06pm on Wednesday 13 March 2013 – after less than 48 hours and three inconclusive ballots – white smoke billowed from the Chapel’s Chimney. A peal of bells accompanied Jorge Mario Bergoglio as he stepped onto St. Peter’s Central Balcony. No longer was he the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He was now Pope Francis I – the 266th Pope. One also wonders whether Pope Francis was acutely aware of Saint Malachy’s ‘Prophecy of the Popes’ as he cast his shocked gaze upon the worshippers who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square to welcome him into his new position…

“The next Pope (after Benedict XVI) will be the final Pope. He will most likely be an Italian and yes, although not the actual antichrist, he will be very close to antichrist-like in stature.“

My Sister’s words from 2-3 years ago. Was she correct? Actually – in a manner of speaking – she was. As soon as the name ‘Bergoglio’ flashed across the monitor, I turned to look at my Partner. ‘Bergoglio is an Italian surname’, said I… ‘teaches me to doubt her…’, I thought, as I flashed an apologetic smile at her beautiful photo on our living room wall!

The surname ‘Bergoglio’ is an unusual surname, not one evenly distributed across Italy. ‘Bergoglio'(*1) is generally restricted to the Turin-None-Collegno area of the North-Western Italian region of Piemonte (Piedmont). This suggested that the Argentine-born Bergoglio’s family most likely hailed from the Turin location of Piemonte.

Pope Francis’ father, Mario, was, indeed, an Italian immigrant, who had been born in the Asti village of Portacomaro, located approx. 40kms SE of Turin. His Buenos Aries-born mother, Regina, was also born into a family of Piemontese-origin. Whilst Pope Francis was Argentine-born, he is resolutely Italian-blooded.

Image by SajoR, Wikipedia

Image by SajoR, Wikipedia

The 76 year old Pope Francis I is an intriguing choice. Born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, he is, technically, the first non-European Pope to have held the position of Pope for 1282 years (that position held by Syrian-born Gregory III in 731). He is the first Pope from the Americas. He is also the first Jesuit to have held the position of Pontiff in the entirety of Papal History. The choice of the name Francis (Franciscus) was, said Vatican representatives, was chosen ‘in honour’ of the 12th Century Saint, Francis of Assisi, who had eschewed a privileged life in favour of a life of impoverished, yet spiritual service to God.

Pope Francis I is known for sharing St. Francis of Assisi’s simple approach to life; upon taking the position of Archbishop of Buenos Aires 13 years ago, Bergoglio rejected the luxurious live-in accommodation and transportation offered with the job, choosing to live in accordance with his beliefs – in a small apartment, cooking his own meals, using trains to reach the Office each day.

Internet communities speculate, however, that St. Francis of Assisi may not have been the inspiration of the Papal name, with St. Francis of Xavier and St. Francis de Sales also being proffered as amenable possibilities. Francis of Assisi, Francis of Xavier and Francis de Sales share a common bond – eschewing privileged lives in favour of lives of simplistic poverty in service to God. Francis of Xavier and Francis de Sales, unlike Francis of Assisi, were educated within Jesuit-founded environments.

My knowledge of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) is woefully inadequate. I am, however, aware that the Order, founded in Montmartre in August 1534 by Ignatius of Loyola, is regarded with a healthy degree of suspicion. They are frequently referenced as ‘God’s Marines’. Indeed, Ignatius of Loyola, along with co-founder Francis of Xavier, enjoyed militaristic careers prior to their decisions to follow lives of devotion and service to God. Noted astrophysicist and researcher, Susan Rennison (*2), describes the Jesuits as ‘the Roman Catholic Church’s ‘Elite Taskforce’‘. The Guardian‘s Sam Jones addresses the question ‘Who Are The Jesuits?‘ in an eponymous article, found on their website today. I recommend this as a good starting point for any investigations into establishing the Society’s raison d’être.

Upper half of Page 311, detailing the final part of the "Prophetia S. Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus"

Upper half of Page 311, detailing the final part of the “Prophetia S. Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus”

FULFILMENT OF ST. MALACHY’S PROPHECY…?
I include myself amongst those who suspected that either incumbent Camerlengo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone or current Archbishop of Ghana, Peter Turkson, were the likeliest candidates for the Papal Seat. Common interpretations of St. Malachy’s description of the final Pope included the following:

  1. He was to be an Italian;
  2. He was to be an Italian born in Rome;
  3. He was to be a Cardinal with the actual name of Peter (e.g. Cardinal Peter Turkson).

The final description states ‘In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will reign Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman) who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people‘.

There is something we need to remember about the name ‘Petrus Romanus’. According to Roman Catholic teachings, Saint Peter, one of the original Disciples of Jesus Christ, was the Bishop of Rome, Chief Pastor of the Roman Catholic Church. Whilst Saint Peter was never actually an elected Pope, the Roman Catholic Church widely recognises him as their First Pontiff. Every single Pope since Saint Peter, therefore, could be regarded as ‘Petrus Romanus’.

As Wikipedia states, the name Peter is a derivative of the Latin word ‘petrus’, which loosely translates to ‘rock’. The literal translation of ‘Petrus Romanus’, therefore, is ‘The Roman Rock’ or ‘The Rock of Rome’. Again, a title which can easily apply to every Pope from Saint Peter to Pope Francis.

Perhaps we have been taking the translation too literally. Perhaps we should really be concentrating on the substance of the Prophecy as opposed to the identity of the Pope concerned? My Sister’s message concentrated more on the management style and public perception of the Last Pontiff. What does translate clearly is that the Roman Catholic Church is facing a potential battle for survival – and 117 Cardinal-Electors have potentially placed a Crown of Thorns upon the head of its first Jesuit Pope…

Further Interest
(*1) Meaning of the surname Bergoglio: http://www.cognomiitaliani.org/cognomi/cognomi0002er.htm
(*2) Susan Joy Rennison – News of the Imbalance: http://www.susanrennison.com/News_oftheimbalance.php#Latest_News1

The Roman Catholic Church: In the Name of God?

Image by George Hodan, publicdomainpictures.net

Image by George Hodan, publicdomainpictures.net

The following is a variation of the opening paragraphs of Chapter 25, from the original complete (unpublished) book of ‘A Journey Into The Mysteries of Life’ and was written circa July/August 2012. The messages from my Sister that aided the construct of the paragraphs occurred at varying points between June 2005 and November 2011. At the time of writing, the Roman Catholic Church is not only rudderless – preparing itself for the secretive Papal Conclave elections for a new Pope – but is also attempting to deflect media attention on revelations that threaten its very existence‘.

Religion has always provided plentiful material for healthy debates (or disputes) in our family, depending upon the viewpoints and/or beliefs of the family members involved at the time; a colourful combination of atheists, agnostics and believers in a Higher Intelligence indeed.

One particular religion, however, has dominated our family to a greater degree, particularly during the lifetimes of my Grandmother and my Sister – Roman Catholicism. Having been born in Italy during the early 1920s, the Church was omnipresent during my Grandmother’s early lifetime. My Grandmother believed in God; her faith in His/Her existence remained predominantly steady throughout most of her lifetime. She did, however, question the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on a fairly regular basis, which invariably exposed my Grandmother to what she considered the gross hypocrisies of the control structure itself. However, such were the dramatic effects of the dogmatic teachings imposed upon her during childhood, she became visibly distraught upon forgetting the Hail Mary during one shared trip to her homeland during the 1980s.

My late Sister had, for the greater majority of her childhood academia, been educated within the Roman Catholic Comprehensive School system. Whilst my Sister had always enthused about the excellent quality of the education and the fantastic social opportunities provided to the students during her time at the School, the deeply negative aspects of the religious dogma and intimidation she had witnessed during her time within the System, left her with a jaded view of not only Roman Catholicism but organised religions as a whole. Her view can be summed up best in one sentence, which she had expressed during her lifetime – “so-called Christian schools are the least Christian places in the world.

Image by by Petr Kratochvil, publicdomainpictures.net

Image by by Petr Kratochvil, publicdomainpictures.net

Prior to commencing the next section of this chapter, I would like to make myself absolutely clear that I appreciate there are many good workers within organisations either directly connected to, or affiliated with, the Roman Catholic Church. There are those who have a genuine faith in God, imbued with a deep love of humanity. Their vocation in life is to help their fellow man and serve God whilst living a holy life. Sadly, the murkier aspects of organised religions have begun to see the light of day, especially over the past couple of decades – specifically those of the Christian Religions. In particular, it would appear that, far from being God’s chosen representatives of Christian teachings, the Roman Catholic Church is merely a replacement of the Roman Empire. The Empire never fragmented – it mutated – arguably into a form that ultimately became more grotesque than the Roman Empire itself.

The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked by a number of deeply disturbing scandals over the past decade. Horrifying revelations of systemic child abuse within schools, convents and children’s homes have been revealed in many newspaper reports and television documentaries, along with the terrifyingly massive scale of the Church’s deliberate obfuscation of the abuses, which have frequently been linked to the higher echelons of the Vatican Establishment itself. The Church is currently undertaking a mass ‘damage-limitation’ exercise, attempting to restore its battered reputation. I feel this exercise is a futile undertaking, especially as my Sister had suggested that a grimmer stench will ooze from beneath the faux holy veneer of the Vatican’s golden halls…

… they are corrupt to the core and carry out unspeakable things in The Creator’s name.

As acknowledged a couple of paragraphs above, there are true workers of God in any organised religion – and I know that to be the case. My Sister is undeniably correct when she states that many atrocities are carried out in the name of the Creator of any organised religion. One only has to pore through numerous history books to verify the accuracy of her statement. However, it would be wholly incorrect to state that religious persecution commenced with the birth of the Roman Catholic Church. Earlier established religious organisational structures, some still dominant in the World today, are equally as guilty of this charge; in some cases, different offshoots under the one particular ‘religious umbrella’ go to war with each other solely because of the different interpretations of the written word within their shared belief structure!

And talking of history books, who can forget their school days? History and R.E. teachers salivating as they described the barbaric acts undertaken thousands of years ago in the name of God – with Romans throwing Christians to the lions in the Colosseum being one example. Another example is the first of The Crusades, which was first instigated by the Roman Catholic Church during the 11th Century in order to restore Christian superiority in the Holy Lands of the Middle East. My knowledge of The Crusades is, admittedly, very rusty. That said, I can recollect that many countries became embroiled in the long-standing religious battle. A thought has come to my mind – although the scope of the war was predominantly restricted to the Northern Hemisphere, one wonders whether these wars could be considered global in nature – a World War, perhaps?

The Spanish Inquisition was another notable gruesome chapter in the Roman Catholic Church’s long and bloody history. Nowadays associated with the eponymous classic skit performed by the amazing Monty Python’s Flying Circus crew, the actual events of the Inquisition were far from humorous. This particular Inquisition was just one of several similar Inquisitions taking place on the European mainland during the Middle Ages. Once more, my historical knowledge of the Inquisitions is hazy at best. I do recall that The Inquisitions also served as examples of an unholy alliance between Church and Political States, with each supporting the other’s agenda, albeit surreptitiously. Yet more periods of bloodshed in the name of God – and yes, this applies to many organised religions. And the sad reality remains that these needless wars and disputes in the so-called name of God continue unabated to this day.

Image by Francisco Farias Jr, publicdomainpictures.net

Image by Francisco Farias Jr, publicdomainpictures.net

As I write this book, the tension in the Middle East is rising every day. Millennia-old tensions of religious origin are simmering beneath the surface, actively encouraged by those with nefarious power agendas. The Roman Catholic Church, once more, has declared that a strong Christian presence is a ‘necessity’ in modern-day Jerusalem. Perhaps the expansionist aims of the Roman Catholic Church is an act of self-preservation in a time strongly correlated to be the Biblical End Times… an End Times which may relate to prophecies concerning their own demise as opposed to any global apocalypse. It may even be questionable as to whether these ambitions were ever really abandoned in the first place.

Political interference cannot be ignored and, once more, it is also questionable as to whether there was ever a true parting of the ways. Is it possible that the acrimonious divorce between Church and State was only a PR exercise, one to fool people into believing that the two entities did not share the same goals and vested interests – vested interests which lay not in achieving peace, solidarity and unity for humanity, but in supporting acts of destruction, domination, control of the masses using fear as the optimum tool – and the unquenchable desire to accrue wealth for the sake of accruing it?

The good news is that people are waking up, seeing the real antagonists for who they really are. After centuries of terror-induced obfuscation, humanity is beginning to realise that the name of God is being sullied as a means of deflecting the attention away from the true front of these operations. God is certainly not the focus of worship of the so-called houses of God; money, which in and of itself has no vibrational power, has become the new God.

The Last Pope – Part Two

Upper half of Page 311, detailing the final part of the "Prophetia S. Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus"

Upper half of Page 311 of Arnold Wyon’s 1595 ‘Lignum Vitae’, detailing the final part of the “Prophetia S. Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus

The following has been taken from Chapter 25 of my original complete (unpublished) book of ‘A Journey Into The Mysteries of Life’. It was written circa July/August 2012. The messages from my Sister occurred during December 2010, January-March and November 2011. At the time of writing, Vatican sources insisted that the Pope would remain in his position. Yesterday’s events, however, changed everything.’

As I write this book, I had noted rumours detailed in certain sections of the Italian media that were speculating the possibility of Benedict XVI considering retirement from his position in April 2012. 78 years of age upon his election to the Papacy in 2005, the Pope is now fast approaching 85 years of age. However, such rumours have been vehemently denied by the Vatican, who announced that Benedict XVI was expected to be undertaking tours of Mexico and Cuba before Easter 2012 (which did, indeed, take place). Proposed tours of the Lebanon and the Ukraine are also close to organisational finalisation (note: a three day tour of the Lebanon occurred in September 2012). In their 19th December 2011 article, ‘The Irish Times‘(*1) explained that, although the Pope’s travelling commitments have been ‘scaled back’ for next year (note: 2012), those commitments already confirmed are/were strenuous for a man of his advanced years.

Whilst one feels slightly uneasy about speculating the identity of the future Petrus Romanus (uneasy because the current Pope is alive), one cannot help but feel curious about the topic. Bearing fully in mind that curiosity can occasionally fell a feline, I have decided to follow the scant leads provided by my Sister and undertake some detective work.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (Image from Wikipedia)

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (Image from Wikipedia)

An afternoon’s research has drawn me to two particular names, one of whom is very much considered papabile (suitable for service as Pope).  The first notable name to leap out of the screen is that of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (*2).   Born in Romano Caravese, Piedmont, Italy in December 1934, the Cardinal’s full birth name is Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone.  He is a Prelate, Diplomat and Cardinal Secretary of State and Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. He is also the current Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati. He has strong links to the current and previous Popes and is considered conservative in theological outlook, reflecting the views of the Incumbent Pope.   Cardinal Bertone certainly seems an intriguing candidate to me.  One of his middle names – Pietro – is Italian for Peter.   Cardinal Bertone holds the next highest position in the Vatican after the Pope.  Intriguingly, one of the roles of the Camerlengo (Chamberlain) of the Holy Roman Church is to oversee the affairs of the Church in the absence of either an elected or incapacitated Pope.  As mentioned earlier in the chapter, it has been strongly rumoured that Malachy’s prediction may imply that the final Pope may not be elected but merely act as caretaker.   The Camerlengo could justifiably fulfil the prophecy.  Add my Sister’s assertion that the next Pope was likely to be an Italian – and we potentially have a perfect candidate. However, I feel there must be another candidate who may potentially fill the potentially tarnished seat in St. Peter’s… and there is another likely candidate for the position of the Last Pope – Petrus Romanus….

Image from Wikipedia

Cardinal Peter Turkson (Image from Wikipedia)

A well-known search engine led me to a fascinating article on the website of ‘The Independent‘. Dated August 2010, the article, ‘The Young Tearaway Who’s in the Running to be next Pope?‘(*3) tells the reader about the Incumbent Cardinal of Ghana, Peter Turkson. Cardinal Turkson, born in the former British Colony of the Gold Coast in October 1948, could easily be considered the young tearaway of the Vatican – 63 years of age (note, now 64 years of age) in comparison to his septuagenarian colleagues sitting around the table of the Roman Curia (the administrative core and central governing body of the Church). In fact, the tearaway reference relates to the young Turkson’s exasperating adolescent behaviour prior to his calling to his vocation within the Roman Catholic Church.

The article states that the Cardinal was not particularly ambitious in nature. However, he has achieved a rapid ascent into the higher echelons of the Vatican’s organisation. Cardinal Turkson does not only hold the position of the Cardinal of Ghana; Benedict XVI appointed him as the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009. The main responsibility Cardinal Turkson has been tasked with is – as I see it – to mould Catholic social teachings into an attractive, more palatable offering for the modern-day Global Community. His secretary, or second-in-command at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is Bishop Mario Tosa, who was handpicked for the position by the aforementioned Camerlengo, Cardinal Bertone.

The rapid ascent into the Vatican’s inner sanctum that is the Roman Curia is not the main factor leading me to believe that Cardinal Turkson may have already been potentially lined up as Peter the Roman: the already-intended successor to Benedict XVI. The main clue (for me at least) was Turkson’s involvement in a report entitled ‘Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority‘ (*4). The 41-page report, co-authored with Bishop Tosa, was released by the Department for Justice and Peace in October 2011 – calling for the ‘establishment of a Global Public Authority‘ and the ‘formation of a Central World Bank‘. Whilst the work has been considered a novel approach, my Sister has assured me that the Vatican has never abandoned its expansionist ambitions – and that centralisation of such functions was, indeed, desirable to them. “Of course,” says my Sister, “guess what the centralised religion would be?

Image by Tilen Hrovatic,  Public Domain Pictures

Image by Tilen Hrovatic, Public Domain Pictures

I really cannot state with absolute certainty that Cardinal Turkson is destined to become Peter the Roman. It is mere conjecture on my part and one felt the need to offer an alternative suggestion. However, with St. Malachy’s ominous prophecy echoing from centuries past – and bearing in mind the recent self-inflicted travails of the Church – it would appear that the next Pope will have many challenges on his hands. The ultimate crowning glory of ecumenical success would seem to converge neatly with many End Times prophecies – Peter the Roman may be forced to drink from his own poisoned chalice. I am also leaning towards the belief that the Last Pope’s own influence may be restricted by the backroom staff – a mere figurehead, so to speak. Perhaps Peter the Roman’s only role will be that of the proverbial sacrificial lamb… only realising at the last moment that he, too, has been deceived by the true powers behind his throne. The Roman Catholic Church’s public Jesus to the Curia’s Judas Iscariot…

… or it may be that Peter the Roman could be considered the Church’s saviour – charming, erudite, superficially holy in approach – but could then horrify the faithful flock with far-reaching changes either controversial or draconian in measure. Perhaps he will either be ultra-conservative in his approach – or liberal to the point of total lassitude. Or worse…”

Sources:
(*1) ‘Pope Unlikely to Visit Ireland for Eurcharistic Congress in June’, Paddy Agrew, The Irish Times (Monday December 19, 2011);
(*2) Tarcisio Bertone, Wikipedia;
(*3) ‘The Young Tearaway Who’s In the Running to be Next Pope‘, Hugh O’Shaughnessy, The Independent (Sunday 29 August 2010);
(*4) ‘Vatican Council Proposes A Global Financial Authority‘, David Kerr, Vatican City, Catholic News Agency (October 24, 2011).

LiveLeak.com – Lightning strikes Vatican hours after Pope’s Resignation

LiveLeak.com – Lightning strikes Vatican hours after Pope’s Resignation.

Absolutely amazing photograph…