Will The Next Pope Be European?

Steven LeBlanc

There is growing pressure within the Catholic Church to elect a non-European Pope, something that has not happened for more than 1500 years. European cardinals now make up 52 percent of the Conclave [Catholic Church summit to elect the next Pope].

Philip Jenkins, a professor of history at Baylor says, “One figure I find very powerful is that by 2030, there will be more Catholics in Africa than in Europe”.

Latin America, meanwhile, has 41 per cent of the world’s Catholics, yet Latin Americans claim only 19 Cardinals. Brazil is the largest Catholic country in the world, and Mexico is the second largest. Nearly three-quarters of Latin Americans identify as Catholic, only a quarter of Europeans do.

The chances are still slim that the successor to Pope Benedict will come from Latin America or Africa. Such a change would mean a major power shift in the direction of third world countries—something many European Cardinals do not want to see take place.

Many believe Canadian Cardinal Marc Quellet may be the best choice. He is well-known in European circles, he speaks five languages, he also spent time in Colombia [Latin American nation]; and would make the ideal compromise candidate as both third world and European cardinals respect him.

Revelation 13:11-14 describe a “beast” who looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon, one who will perform stunning signs. We believe this is a reference to a future charismatic, religious leader who will sway much of the world to his way of thinking. But this man will be strongly influenced by Satan himself. We believe this man will be the leader of the Roman Catholic Church [a leader who is alive when Christ returns].

The office of Pope is still highly respected in political circles. We watch carefully to see who the next Pope is and what his agenda will be.

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