Apr 09

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- Vatican rejects “chosen people” claim, calls on Israel to end “occupation” (RT, Oct 30, 2010):

A high-ranking Israeli official on Sunday slammed a statement from Catholic bishops, who called for international organizations to lead the cause of Palestinian statehood.

Greek-Melchite Archbishop Cyrille Bustros sparked an interreligious firestorm when he suggested that Israel was “using Scripture” to continue its occupation of Palestinian territory.

“The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians,” Bustros said at the close of a two-week conference in Rome, Italy, “to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands.”

The Archbishop then questioned the biblical idea of a “promised land” set aside by a specific group of people.

“We Christians cannot speak of the promised land as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people,” Bustros continued. “This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.”

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Mar 31

- Urgent Public Communique and Update from The International Common Law Court of Justice — Trial of Pope Francis, the Jesuits and the Anglicans to commence April 7 (ICCS, March 29, 2014):

Urgent Public Communique and Update from The International Common Law Court of Justice

Issued under the auspices of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS)

Saturday, March 29, 2014 , 8 am GMT

Enclosed:

1. The Trial of Pope Francis, the Jesuits and the Anglicans to commence April 7 with Opening Presentation by the Prosecutor’s Office – The Court establishes tighter security after a Vatican-sponsored “black ops” disruption team is dispatched to Brussels.

2. A Public Information Agency is established to publicly disclose the Prosecutor’s evidence during the trial – The first report of the Agency follows.

3. Children’s remains and records ordered destroyed by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, acting for Queen Elizabeth – Mass graves of trafficked children are identified in Canada, Holland and the United States, and are linked to the Ninth Circle sacrificial cult.

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Mar 30

- Con men stopped entering Vatican bank with €3 trillion of fake bonds (Telegraph, March 30, 2014):

Police in the Vatican have prevented a pair of fraudsters from trying to enter the Vatican bank with a suitcase stuffed with trillions of euros of fake bond certificates

Two smartly-dressed men armed with forged bond certificates worth trillions of euros have been caught while trying to talk their way into theVatican’s bank, in a spectacularly bungled fraud scheme.

The middle aged men, an American and a Dutch citizen of Malaysian origin, arrived at the main gate of the Vatican on the morning of March 11, telling Swiss guards they had an appointment at the bank, which has been dogged by scandals over the years.

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Mar 24

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Package sent to the Vatican from a South American country contained 14 condoms filled with £33,000 worth of liquid cocaine

- Vatican cocaine-filled condoms parcel seized by German customs officers (Guardian March 23, 2014):

Package sent to the Vatican from a South American country contained 14 condoms filled with £33,000 worth of liquid cocaine

German customs officials have intercepted a package addressed to the Vatican containing 14 condoms filled with cocaine.

A government spokesman said a box packed with 340 grammes of the drug, valued at €40,000 (£33,470), was seized in January at the international airport in the eastern city of Leipzig.

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Feb 06

- Catholic Church ‘systematically’ protected abusive priests, U.N. says (LA Times, Feb 5, 2014):

ROME — The Roman Catholic Church has “systematically” protected predator priests, allowing “tens of thousands” of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis’ honeymoon period as pontiff.

The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open up its confidential archives in order “to hold abusers accountable.”

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Jan 27

Flashback:

- DHS Insider Gives FINAL WARNING!

- Remote Viewing UPDATE: Major Ed Dames On … The ‘Kill-Shot’, Solar Flares, Safe Zones, Fukushima, Gold & Silver, Economic Collapse, Mad Max, ‘Obama Is The Last President’, Martial Law & Chaos


- Stranger Than Fiction: Papal Peace Dove Pounced On By Capitalist Crow & Swooping Seagull (ZeroHedge, Jan 27, 2014):

Amid calls to spread the wealth (among the elites in Davos) and for an end to violence in Ukraine, the Pope released his “peace” doves today to send a message of hope to the world. However, the callous claws of capitalism (in the form of a black crow) and the sullen shape of social unrest (in the form of a seagull) decided to send their own message. As the sad images below show, the peaceful dove had his feathers ruffled following the callous attack by the winged avengers… As one wit noted, rumors that the end is nigh are as yet unconfirmed (although if Nomura loses control of the USDJPY levitation, and it breaches the 102 support, all bets are off).

Pope talks peace and prosperity…

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and his little helpers release two white “peace” doves…

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When the unthinkable happened…

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What’s the opposite of eating crow?

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And a seagull!?

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As CTV reports,

Via AP,

Two white doves that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture have been attacked by other birds.

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.

One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove.

It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

A message from above (or below) that wealth is better off in the hands of the 1%? You decide…

Caption Contest…

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Jan 17

- Pope Francis fires all but one cardinals who run Vatican bank just 11 months into their five-year term (Daily Mail, Jan 16, 2014):

  • The cardinals were appointed by Benedict XVI shortly before he resigned
  • The Vatican bank was caught in a money-laundering row in 2010

All but one of a five-member panel that oversees the controversial Vatican bank has been fired by Pope Francis.

Four cardinals were given their marching orders by Francis on Wednesday.

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Dec 31

Related info:

- World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World (Video)

FYI.


- The Real Powers Behind President Barack Obama By Karen Hudes (Before It’s News, Dec 31, 2013)

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Nov 28

- Obama Administration to CLOSE EMBASSY AT VATICAN – Says It’s Unsafe (Gateway Pundit Nov 25, 2013):

The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.

The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe.

Of course, this hasn’t stopped them before. The administration received several warnings that the Benghazi consulate was unsafe.

But they kept that consulate open – until it was destroyed by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

But for some reason, the Obama administration wants to close the embassy doors at The Vatican.

Catholic Vote reported:

The Obama administration has decided that the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See will soon be closed, and the offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved inside of our Italian Embassy.

As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.

If their assessement is correct, then why not bolster security or simply move the Embassy to a new location instead of shutting it down? Are all ‘unsafe’ embassies being shut down too?

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Nov 02

- NSA Spied on World Bank, IMF, UN, Pope, World Leaders, and American Politicians and Military Officers (ZeroHedge, Nov 2, 2013):

It came out this week that the NSA spied on the headquarters of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and United Nations.

It was also alleged that the NSA spied on the Vatican and the Pope.

Congressman Rand Paul asks whether the NSA might be spying on President Obama as well.

Congressman Devin Nunes said in that the Department of Justice was tapping phones in the Congressional cloak room.

Sounds crazy …

But it is well-documented that the NSA was already spying on American Senators more than 40 years ago.

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Oct 10

FYI.

(Infinite Unknown’s diet = raw vegan + honey – salt.)

Emphasis mine.


Books …

@Amazon.com:

- The Essene Gospel of Peace: Book One

- Essene Gospel of Peace, Book 2: The Unknown Books of the Essenes

- Essene Gospel of Peace, Bk 3: Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood

- Essene Gospel of Peace: Book 4, The Teachings of the Elect

@Amazon.de:

- Schriften der Essener: Das Friedensevangelium der Essener: Schriften der Essener 1: BD 1

- Die unbekannten Schriften der Essener: BD 2

- Schriften der Essener: Die verlorenen Schriftrollen der Essener: BD 3

- Schriften der Essener: Das geheime Evangelium der Essener: Schriften der Essener – Buch 4: BD 4

- Schriften der Essener: Die Lehren der Essener: Essener Meditationen: BD 5

From book 4:

Preface

It was in 1928 that Edmond Bordeaux Szekely first published his translation of Book One of The Essene Gospel of Peace, an ancient manuscript he had found in the Secret Archives of the Vatican as the result of limitless patience, faultless scholarship, and unerring intuition, a story told in his book, The Discovery of the Essene Gospel of Peace. The English version of this ancient manuscript appeared in 1937, and ever since, the little volume has traveled all over the world, appearing in different languages, and gaining every year more and more readers, until now, still with no commercial advertisement, over a million copies have been sold in the United States alone. It was not until almost fifty years after the first French translation that Book Two and Book Three appeared, and these also have now become classics of the Essene literature.

Book Four, The Teachings of the Elect, will come as a surprise to those readers who are aware of Dr. Szekely’s death in 1979. if I were also a philologist, or scholar, or archeologist, I might be able to provide some explanation. But I am only his faithful famulus amanuensis, and the instructions he left me were clear and explicit: “Two years after my death, you shall publish Book Four of The Essene Gospel of Peace. ” That was all, and I am now carrying out his wish.

This Book Four, The Teachings of the Elect, represents yet another fragment of the complete manuscript which exists in Aramaic in the Secret Archives of the Vatican and in old Slavonic in the Royal Library of the Habsburgs (now the property of the Austrian government). As to the reason for the delay in its publication, I can only surmise that Dr. Szekely wanted the vivid reality of these ageless truths to stand alone, unobscured even by the presence of the translator. He did say in his Preface to the first London edition of Book One in 1937 that “we have issued this part before the rest, because it is the part of which suffering humanity has most need today.” Perhaps, in the same way, the troubled world of forty-four years later needs this fourth volume of The Essene Gospel of Peace.

Again the words of Dr. Szekely: “We have nothing to add to this text. It speaks for itself. The reader who studies the pages that follow with concentration, will feel the eternal vitality and powerful evidence of these profound truths which mankind needs today more urgently than ever before.”

“And the truth shall bear witness of itself.”

Essene Gospels Of Peace

The Essene Gospel of Peace Book 1 “The Essene Gospel of Peace”
The Essene Gospel of Peace Book 2 “The Unknown Books of the Essenes”
The Essene Gospel of Peace Book 3 “Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood”
The Essene Gospel of Peace Book 4 “The Teachings of the Elect”

- The Essene Gosel Of Peace Book 1 “The Essene Gospel of Peace” (Excerpt):

The Original Hebrew and Aramaic Texts translated and edited by

Dr. EDMOND BORDEAUX SZEKELY

And then many sick and maimed came to Jesus, asking him. “if you know all things, tell us, why do we suffer with these grievous plagues? Why are we not whole like other men? Master, heal us, that we too may be made strong, and need abide no longer in our misery. We know that you have it in your power to heal all manner of disease. Free us from Satan and from all his great afflictions. Master, have compassion on us.”

And Jesus answered- “Happy are you that you hunger for the truth, for I will satisfy you with the bread of wisdom. Happy are you, that you knock, for I will open to you the door of life. Happy are you, that you would cast off the power of Satan, for I will lead you into the kincdom of our Mother’s angels, where the power of Satan cannot enter.”

And they asked him in amazement: “Who is our Mother and which her angels? And where is her kingdom?”

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Oct 02

Karen Hudes: We’re Running Out of Time! We’re Dealing with Whether We Can Continue as Humanity

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- World Bank Whistleblower Karen Hudes Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World (Economic Collapse, Sep 30, 2013):

Karen Hudes is a graduate of Yale Law School and she worked in the legal department of the World Bank for more than 20 years.  In fact, when she was fired for blowing the whistle on corruption inside the World Bank, she held the position of Senior Counsel.  She was in a unique position to see exactly how the global elite rule the world, and the information that she is now revealing to the public is absolutely stunning.  According to Hudes, the elite use a very tight core of financial institutions and mega-corporations to dominate the planet.  The goal is control.  They want all of us enslaved to debt, they want all of our governments enslaved to debt, and they want all of our politicians addicted to the huge financial contributions that they funnel into their campaigns.  Since the elite also own all of the big media companies, the mainstream media never lets us in on the secret that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that our system works.Remember, this is not some “conspiracy theorist” that is saying these things.  This is a Yale-educated attorney that worked inside the World Bank for more than two decades.  The following summary of her credentials comes directly from her website: Continue reading »

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Jul 09

- Vatican Bank facilitated money laundering, report says (PressTV, July 8, 2013):

Italian investigators have said the Vatican Bank operated in a way that facilitated money laundering, according to a leaked inquiry.

The disclosed report followed a three-year inquiry into the bank, officially known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and was recently quoted by two Italian newspapers, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica.

According to the report, IOR did not carry out enough checks on its clients and the bank allowed account holders to transfer large sums on behalf of others.

“There is a high risk that the way the IOR operates, without specifying its real clients, can be used as a screen to hide illegal operations,” the report read.

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Jul 02

- Vatican Bank Scandal Widens Following Resignations Of Director, Deputy (ZeroHedge, July 1, 2013)

The story of the Vatican Bank’s priest, the Italian secret service spook, and their “fiduciary” banker gripped the world’s attention over the weekend when the latest iteration in the Vatican Bank’s money laundering series were revealed. Now, comes the resignations: the first of many. AP reports that the Vatican Bank director, and his deputy have both resigned “following the latest developments in the broadening finance scandal.”

From AP:

The Vatican said Monday that Paolo Cipriani and his deputy, Massimo Tulli, offered to step down “in the best interest of the institute and the Holy See.”

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Jul 02

- Pope’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks stir up new storm of Vatican gossip (Guardian, June 30, 2013):

Pontiff’s comments spark flurry of speculation about alleged ‘bunga bunga’ scene in the Holy See

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis’s claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See’s walls.

The new pope’s private comments to a group of visiting South American churchmen, which caused a sensation when they appeared on a religious website last week, prompted blushes in the Vatican and unleashed feverish gossip in Rome regarding the contents of a report on Vatican infighting prepared last year for Francis’s predecessor, Joseph Ratzinger.

On his retirement in February, Ratzinger handed his Argentine successor the dossier, which reportedly describes a lobby of gay, senior churchmen inside the Vatican, running a network of patronage while fighting off blackmailers.

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Jun 30

- Paedophile Priest ‘Exposes Satanic Vatican Rent-Boy Sex Ring’ (Huffington Post, June 28, 2013):

A convicted paedophile priest has claimed a gay prostitution ring has been operating within the Holy Roman Church, with clergymen hiring underage rent-boys for sex.

Don Patrizio Poggi, who served a five-year prison sentence for abusing teenage boys at his Rome parish, also told Italian authorities a former Carabinieri police officer recruited boys for nine clergymen, IBTimes reports.

Poggi told the police: “I decided to file this complaint and cooperate with the law after long reflection and after a painful history of abuse and misuse of power that I have overcome thanks to the faith that guides me.”

The 46-year-old, who has complained that the Vatican refused to reinstate him after he completed his prison sentence, added: “I feel obliged to protect the Holy Church and the Christian community since I am aware of grave facts that undermine their integrity and break canon and penal law.”

Poggi has reportedly handed the names of 20 alleged child abusers in the Roman clergy – including four serving priests and a Monsignor – to the authorities.

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Jun 28

- Monsignor Nunzio Scarano held in Vatican bank inquiry (BBC News, June 28, 2013):

A senior Italian cleric has been arrested in connection with an inquiry into a Vatican bank scandal over allegations of corruption and fraud.

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano works in the Vatican’s financial administration. A secret service agent and a financial broker have also been arrested.

They are suspected of trying to move 20m euros ($26m; £17m) illegally.

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Mar 21


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Related info:

- Pope Francis Is ‘Petrus Romanus’ – ‘Fantastic Fulfillment Of Prophecy’

- Malachy Prophecy Update: Pope Francis Is ‘Petrus Romanus’

A book published last year entitled “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here,” by authors Cris Putnam and Tom Horn, detailed the Malachy prophecy and predicted that the current Pope would abdicate for health reasons, paving the way for the final Pope.

@Amazon.com: Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here

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Mar 21

Related info:

- Malachy Prophecy Fulfilled: Pope Francis Is ‘Petrus Romanus’ (Video)

- Malachy Prophecy Update: Pope Francis Is ‘Petrus Romanus’

A book published last year entitled “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here,” by authors Cris Putnam and Tom Horn, detailed the Malachy prophecy and predicted that the current Pope would abdicate for health reasons, paving the way for the final Pope.

@Amazon.com: Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here


Analyst sees election as ‘fantastic fulfillment of prophecy’

- Pope Francis history’s ‘final’ pontiff? (WND, March 13, 2013):

An author who predicted Pope Benedict XVI would be the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign believes the election today of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff lines up with a medieval prophecy that would make him the “final pope” before the End Times.

Tom Horn, co-author with Cris Putman of the book Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here,”told WND today Bergoglio’s selection was a “fantastic fulfillment of prophecy.”

His book examines St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” said to be based on a prophetic vision of the 112 popes following Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144.

Malachy’s prophecies, first published in 1595, culminate with the “final pope,” “Petrus Romanus,” or “Peter the Roman,” whose reign ends with the destruction of Rome and the judgment of Christ.

Horn has said a pope of Italian descent would fulfill the prophecy, noting Bergoglio is the son of Italian parents and a Jesuit.

“Being a Jesuit is a very important aspect of our prediction in our book,” Horn told WND in an email.Citing his book, Horn said the name “Petrus Romanus” in the prophecy “implies this pope will reaffirm the authority of the Roman Pontiff over the Church and will emphasize the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Faith and the Roman Catholic Church above all other religions and denominations, and its authority over all Christians and all peoples of the world.”

Horn pointed out the Jesuits order was organized “to stop Protestantism from spreading and to preserve communion with Rome and the successor of Peter.”

He also sees significance in Bergoglio naming himself after Francis of Assisi, an Italian, or Roman, priest whose original name was Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone, “literally, Peter the Roman.”

As WND reported, Horn and his co-author, Cris Putnam, predicted in their book Benedict would step down, making way for history’s “final pope.”

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Mar 21

- Pope Francis pushed civil unions for gays in 2010 as cardinal (Washington Times, March 20, 2013):

Gay rights supporters may have found a friend in Pope Francis.

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — came out in support of civil unions for gay couples in 2010, Newser reports. It was during a time of spiritual chaos in Argentina, as the church there was battling attempts to legalize gay marriage. And Cardinal Bergoglio came forward with what he described as the “lesser of two evils” solution, Newser reports.

“He wagered on a position of greater dialogue with society,” his authorized biographer says, in the Newser report. He publicly criticized the gay marriage bill winding through Argentina’s legislature, but quietly supported same-sex union rights.“He listened to my views with a great deal of respect,” one gay activist leader said, the biographer recounted. “He told me that homosexuals need to have recognized rights and that he supported civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.”

His same-sex union proposal was ultimately shot down during a heated gathering of bishops, Newser says. But some religion watchers say those 2010 discussions may indicate a new and more modern direction of the Catholic Church.

Related info:

- St. Malachy Prophecy Fulfilled: Pope Francis Is ‘Petrus Romanus’ (Video)

- Pope Francis Is ‘Petrus Romanus’ – ‘Fantastic Fulfillment Of Prophecy’

- Malachy Prophecy: Next Pope Will Be Last – Update: Pope Francis I Is ‘Petrus Romanus’

- JESUIT Pope Francis Has Blood On His Hands

- The First JESUIT Pope: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Of Argentina Takes Name Pope Francis I

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Mar 21

Nobody really knows, because religious groups don’t need to follow regular accounting and disclosure rules.


Pope Francis puts flowers on the altar inside St. Mary Major Basilica

- How Rich Is the Catholic Church? (Slate, March 14, 2013):

Pope Francis is not just the spiritual leader of one of the world’s major religions: He’s also the head of what’s probably the wealthiest institution in the entire world. The Catholic Church’s global spending matches the annual revenues of the planet’s largest firms, and its assets—huge amounts of real estate, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Vatican City, some of the world’s greatest art—surely exceed those of any corporation by an order of magnitude.*

But it turns out to be surprisingly difficult to understand exactly how rich the church is. That’s in part because church finances are complicated. But it’s also because, in the United States at least, churches in general are exempted from the financial reporting and disclosure requirements that otherwise apply to nonprofit groups. And it turns out, that exemption may have undesirable consequences.

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Mar 19

Read the update here:

- Malachy Prophecy: Next Pope Will Be Last – Update: Pope Francis I Is ‘Petrus Romanus’

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Mar 14

Related info:

- The First JESUIT Pope: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Of Argentina Takes Name Pope Francis I


- Pope Francis Has Blood On His Hands (Zen-Haven, March 13, 2013):

Google Translated:

Cardinals in the conclave may have thought that they made an uncontroversial choice, and that they have found a transitional figure by selecting the 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to new pope.

But they have chosen a pope who has blood on his hands.

Jorge Bergoglio defended throughout the military junta in Argentina, which was notorious for its murder squads that eliminated opposition politicians from their homes and executed them. Mothers of Buenos Aires created international awareness of the junta’s assassination.

As an international commission came to Argentina to investigate the murders, saved Bergoglio in his holiday home on the island of El Silencio in the River Plate.

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Mar 13

- Vatican department shares Rome palazzo with gay sauna (BBC News, March 12, 2013):

A historic palazzo in Rome that houses a key Vatican department is also the home of a well-known gay sauna.

The Holy See paid 20m euros (£17.5m) in 2008 for around 20 apartments in the building for the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

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Mar 13

13.03.2013: 13 + 0 + 3 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 13


- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope, takes name Pope Francis I (Washington Post, March 13, 2013):

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope Wednesday, becoming the first pontiff from the Americas and taking the name Pope Francis I.Appearing on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica a short time later, the new pope greeted a vast crowd gathered below in St. Peter’s Square with salutations in Italian and led a prayer for his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

“As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome, and it seems to me that my brother cardinals went to fetch him at the end of the world,” he said. “But here I am.”

Moments earlier, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the church’s most senior cardinal in the order of deacons, or the proto-deacon, announced “habemus papam” and spoke the name of the new pope, chosen on the second day of deliberations by the assembled cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church. But his words were barely audible to the throng in the square, and there was initial confusion over the identity of the new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Bergoglio, 76, the first Jesuit pope, spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests, the Associated Press reported. He reportedly received the second-most votes after Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — who became Benedict XVI — in the 2005 papal election, and he has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work considered an essential skill for the next pope.

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Mar 12

- Black Smoke Over Sistine Chapel – No Pope Elected On First Day Of Conclave (ZeroHedge, March 12, 2013)

See also:

- Conclave Begins: Meet The Papal Candidates

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Mar 12

The rise of ‘Petrus Romanus’?


- Conclave Begins: Meet The Papal Candidates (ZeroHedge, March 12, 2013):

Today is the day all Robert Langdon fans have been feverishly waiting for: the 115 voting cardinals of the Catholic church begin today their secret conclave to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Continue reading »

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Feb 17

- Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican (Reuters, Feb 15, 2013):

Pope Benedict’s decision to live in the Vatican after he resigns will provide him with security and privacy. It will also offer legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources and legal experts say.

“His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless. He wouldn’t have his immunity, his prerogatives, his security, if he is anywhere else,” said one Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It is absolutely necessary” that he stays in the Vatican, said the source, adding that Benedict should have a “dignified existence” in his remaining years.

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Feb 16

- Vatican’s new bank chief has military ship links (AP, Feb 15, 2013):

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican was drawn into a new controversy Friday after acknowledging that its bank’s new president is also chairman of a shipbuilder making warships — a significant conflict for an institution that has long shunned ties to military manufacturing.

The Vatican announced to great fanfare that Pope Benedict XVI had signed off on one of the last major appointments of his papacy, approving Ernst von Freyberg as president of the Vatican’s bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works.

The Vatican spokesman was caught off-guard, though, when a journalist noted that the German shipbuilder von Freyberg chairs, Blohm + Voss, is known for its military ship construction.

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Jan 23

Papacy used offshore tax havens to create £500m international portfolio, featuring real estate in UK, France and Switzerland


Behind Pope Benedict XVI is a porfolio of property that includes commercial premises on London’s New Bond Street. Photograph: Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis

- How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolini’s millions (Guardian, Jan 21, 2013):

Few passing London tourists would ever guess that the premises of Bulgari, the upmarket jewellers in New Bond Street, had anything to do with the pope. Nor indeed the nearby headquarters of the wealthy investment bank Altium Capital, on the corner of St James’s Square and Pall Mall.

But these office blocks in one of London’s most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican.

Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church’s international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929.

Since then the international value of Mussolini’s nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James’s Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland.

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