Argentina’s Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now officially the new leader of the Catholic (universal) Church. The term “catholic” is derived from the Greek word meaning “universal” and was first used to describe the Church in the early 2nd century. Bergoglio was elected the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years. However, he is of Italian heritage and lineage.
The Catholic hierarchy is led by the Pope and includes cardinals, patriarchs and bishops. The Church teaches that it is the one true Church divinely founded by Jesus the Christ and that the Pope is the sole successor to Saint Peter, the follower of Jesus.
This new pope was introduced from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, where he renamed himself after the humble Catholic friar, St. Francis of Assisi.
Francis of Assisi was one of seven children born to Pietro (Peter), his father’s name. Francis was actually christened with the Name: Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone by his Italian parents which literally means “Peter, the Roman.”
Main stream media news covered the event of naming the new Pope on 3-13-13, referring to him as the man who rides the bus and pays for his own hotel room.
However, according to an ancient prophecy, there is much more to this story than a new pope being “a humble man of the people.” This prophecy goes all the way back to the 12th century, at which time Archbishop Malachy was given a vision of the future.
According to the ancient prophecy, Latin verses predicted each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, “Peter, the Roman,” whose reign will end with the destruction of Rome.
The final segment of Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes” reads: “In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations; when they are over, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible or fearsome Judge will judge his people. The End.”
To me this sounds like the End of Days and the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord; GREAT because of the return of Jesus and TERRIBLE for those who will have to stand in the days of God’s judgment.
President Barack Obama hailed the new leader of the world’s Church with a membership of 1.2 billion Catholics, as a “champion of the poor.”
The Cardinals who voted for the new Pope, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said, “We toasted him (Pope Francis) and when he toasted us he said: ‘May God forgive you.’”
The statement by the Pope was meant in jest.