Jorge Bergoglio became the 266th pope on March 13, 2013. With the utterance of his unforgettable first words as pontiff — “buona sera” — as he waved from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis instantly became a star. His style, language and leadership have rebranded Catholicism, plagued by scandals, starting from the Vatican itself. Three years later, he can still walk St. Peter’s Square on Wednesdays amidst a cheering crowd, tweet to now over 27 million followers and enjoy large media attention. Yet the Curia grumbles against what is perceived from the inside as an authoritarian and unpredictable boss. A large array of conservative bishops, notably from Africa and Eastern Europe, fear that Francis’ openness and pastoral outreach towards those out of the Catholic Church may lead him to bypass its doctrine. And some priests feel he has too often been harsh on them and on the church as a whole […] Those who fear Francis has already gone too far prefer African Cardinal Robert Sarah, a 70-year-old native of Guinea, while others may bet on the Holy See’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin (Peter the Roman). (READ MORE)
SPECIAL NOTE FROM TOM HORN:
Will Pope Francis be the one to play the role of the Last Roman Emperor, a subject Cris Putnam and I are investigating for our next book? Or will it be another pontiff? We have reasons to believe Pope Francis may retire or be taken out of the way (more on that in the new book). But was there something strange about the conclave from which Pope Francis emerged to the pontificate? Something suggesting he was not actually “canonically elected?” Even some Catholics think “illegitimate” activity may have gone on behind closed doors during the last conclave [i] and that, for reasons we do not yet understand, Francis was put in as a temporary “placeholder” until the real Pope #112 (Petrus Romanus) could be installed. This too might echo the choice of St. Francis of Assisi as a namesake, as the ancient friar did predict, “…a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the pontificate.” The mysterious reasons surrounding a “placeholder” pope—a false pope—is largely unknown to the public, but was foresaw by such mystics as Father Herman Bernard Kramer in his work, “The Book of Destiny.” During an unusual interpretation he made of the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation concerning “the great wonder” mentioned in verse one, Father Kramer wrote:
The ‘sign’ in heaven is that of a woman with child crying out in her travail and anguish of delivery. In that travail, she gives birth to some definite ‘person’ who is to RULE the Church with a rod of iron (verse 5). It then points to a conflict waged within the Church to elect one who was to ‘rule all nations’ in the manner clearly stated. In accord with the text this is unmistakably a PAPAL ELECTION, for only Christ and his Vicar have the divine right to rule ALL NATIONS… But at this time the great powers may take a menacing attitude to hinder the election of the logical and expected candidate by threats of a general apostasy, assassination or imprisonment of this candidate if elected.” [ii]
Although we disagree with Kramer’s interpretation of the book of Revelation, his fear that “great powers may take a menacing attitude to hinder the election of the logical and expected candidate” echoes the sentiment of priests mentioned elsewhere in our book Petrus Romanus, who see a crises for the Church coming, and the Final Roman Emperor (Antichrist) rising as a result. As we move through 2016, Pope Francis is publicly looking for a global political authority (such as the UN) to come alongside him to implement his religious and social agenda, President Obama has just set his eyes on becoming the UN Secretary General following the US Presidential election, [iii] and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu is very concerned about the ramifications of both. Will the Pope or ex-president step forward to fulfill the Cumaean Sibyl’s prophecy… or are there others waiting in the wings? Either way, I predict that an ISIS WMD and a call by Rome to sanction war will soon result in both Muslims and Romans engaging in their own apocalyptica.
Oh… and as you will learn more extensively later in the new book from me and putnam (coming in May and the FINAL installment on the subject with our biggest prediction yet), nearly a decade ago a major Islamic website set the date on which this war and it’s Mahdi would unfold: “Based on our numerical analysis of the Quran and Hadith,” they concluded, “the official beginning of the End of Time and the coming of the Imam Mahdi will most likely be in… 2016.” [iv]
[ii] Rev. Herman Bernard Kramer, The Book of Destiny (Belleville, IL: Buechler Publishing Company, 1955), 277.