The Next Pope?

Steven LeBlanc

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he will retire citing age and declining health becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign from the office. “Before Easter (March 31), we will have the new pope,” Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said at a news conference. The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415.

There are 118 electors eligible to vote for the Pope’s successor according to USA Today. Italy has the most cardinal-electors at 28, and the United States follows with 11.
There are 61 Europeans, 19 Latin Americans, 14 North Americans, 11 Africans, 11 Asians and one from Oceania among the voters. Benedict XVI will not participate in the conclave.

Vatican watchers list some of their favorite picks for the next Pope:

Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, is a favored Italian who would bring Benedict’s enthusiasm for “recapturing Catholic excitement in Europe.” He is a top scholar on Islam and the Christian-Muslim dialog, Scola is 70. He is popular among Cardinals.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada, 68. One of the most powerful men in the Vatican [he is prefect of the Congregation for Bishops], Ouellet spent many years living and teaching in Colombia which makes him an attractive person to Latin American Catholics. He is intelligent and multilingual– One of the top 3 favorites.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana, 64. He is the head of the Council for Justice and Peace and former Archbishop of the Cape Coast. Turkson speaks his native Ghanaian language, Fante, as well as English, French, Italian, German and Hebrew, as well as understanding Latin and Greek. Cardinal Turkson likes to be able to joke with people in their own languages.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa, 69 years of age. He speaks multiple languages, and is decisive on Doctrinal issues. He is two-time president of the Italian bishops conference. Italians hold about a fourth of the seats in the College of Cardinals that will elect the next pope.

Why should you be concerned as to who becomes the next Pope? Because we believe the Bible makes clear that a future European dictator will seek to secure the backing of Rome [see Revelation 13 & 17]. Popes have played a pivotal role in world history.

European history reveals that Papal Rome played a pivotal role in backing secular governments in their attempts to create a unified “Catholic” Europe. This “unholy” alliance is viewed by God as an act of promiscuity—a type of Spiritual fornication. The Catholic Church is described as ”MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” [Revelation 17:5].

Revelation speaks to just how influential the Catholic Church has been: An angel had explained to John that “the waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues [languages]” (verse 15). No other Church in history has exercised so much power! Rome is of course, known throughout the world as “the City of Seven Hills”. This fallen woman who sits on “seven hills” (verse 9) is the great false church whose headquarters is in Rome, Italy—none other than the Church of Rome.

European leaders such as the Emperor Justinian, Charlemagne, Otto the Great, Charles V, Napoleon, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler all tried to revive the Roman Empire in various forms under their leadership. These dictators formed agreements with Rome hoping to profit from the approval of the Catholic Church.

The beasts described in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 were not ridden by the woman. The Beast of Revelation 17 is. In Revelation 17, the ten horns represent ten future rulers who will collectively give their power and authority to “the Beast”—an end-time revival of the old Holy Roman Empire. The time setting is yet ahead of us because these ten will fight against Christ at His return (Revelation 17:12–14, 17).

Watching the Vatican [Roman Catholic Church Headquarters] is important. Too many people underestimate the political power of the Roman Catholic Church.

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