And So It Begins…
Benedict Bids Goodbye…
Outgoing Pope Benedict has met with his cardinals ahead of boarding a helicopter and flying to the papal retreat south of Rome Thursday, where he will officially end his reign.
In remarks Thursday to the cardinals, broadcast on Vatican television, the pope pledged to show “unconditional reverence and obedience” to the next pope. The vow could lay to rest fears that the presence of a living, retired pope in the Vatican would reduce the power of the next elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict’s resignation officially goes into effect at 8 p.m. local time. At that hour, the doors of Castel Gandolfo will close and the Swiss Guards charged with guarding the reigning pope will go off duty.
In the coming days, Roman Catholic cardinals under the age of 80 will gather in the Sistine Chapel for a conclave, the ceremonial selection of a new pope.
On Wednesday, Benedict gave an emotional final audience in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. He told thousands of onlookers that despite troubles and “stormy waters” weathered by the church during his tenure, God will not let the institution sink.
…church authorities insist the transition will be a peaceful one and that Benedict’s presence will not cast a shadow over the new leader. Benedict has said his goal after stepping down is to live quietly in prayer and meditation , in his words “hidden to the world.”
aNNa’S NoTe: Brian said he heard something about the pope retiring because of a cross-dressing priest, but I think that’s too remotely unrelated to be true. Personally my speculation is that he has the onset of Alzhiemers or some other form of dementia, and that he wants to step down with dignity while he can. Besides, a pope that’s mentally incapacitated could be a problem for the RCC.
In other news, my friend Ellen/GidgetPeke shared with me this photo this morning:
I’m not convinced it’s going to be a pope. I’m actually (personally) watching for someone NOT a pope to take the reins, next. …this is the only Malachay prediction that has an actual person’s name, it sets him apart from the popes preceeding him. But that’s just me. And I don’t believe he’ll be the anti-christ, either – I’m betting whoever this guy is, he could potentially be the false prophet as easily as the A/C.
… Besides, people are freaking out about ‘Peter the Roman’… there’s a scare thing involved. To avoid that, they might just ‘skip’ the last pope and ‘unite’ Catholicism with other faiths by way of this non-pope guy. It makes some serious sense, and would be so ironic – that Malachay’s prophecy of the last pope would actually be the reason someone NOT a pope gets in to fulfill the misunderstood prophecy.
We don’t know at the moment what’s going to happen, but by April, something is seriously going to go down. Either:
a) a new pope with the name (given or chosen) of Peter,
b) a new unifying move with a non-pope leader
c) an earthquake that will stall the election process
d) a financial collapse that will send Europe into chaos and delay the process.
It should be fun to watch, whatever happens. As far as I’m concerned, though, we’re on the cusp of the Trump judgments. We’re historically in the right place for Peter the Roman.
Nic Cage and a Contentious
‘Left Behind’ Remake
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/nic-cage-and-a-contentious-left-behind-remake-90625/#U0yg2m0vti3FXHOf.99
Methinks it might come out after the fact… LoL!!! But for the record, it has Ashley Tisdale and Chad Michael Murray in it. I’m just cracking up, partly because LaHaye hates the script (yet sold the rights out for cash, so shut up, already), and party because Hollywood will probably get closer to the true end times story than La Haye ever did. Seriously… you can’t have gotten much further from the truth, anyhow. And as I was telling my friend Trent, if you want to get a message out globally…? Hollywood is your best option. Maybe Balaam is about to be called in, again…? The guy writing the script has written ‘chrischun’ movie scripts for 24 years… so my hope is that he’s abandoned LaHay’s retarded (and very wrong) pre-Trib stance and is going for a more pre-Wrath stance, this time. Of course, it’s likely neither has ANY idea where we are. And who knows, they might not even get the movie out in time.
It’s definitely interesting times we’re living in…!!