Government Official, And The Israeli Government Say That Pope Francis Is Being Targeted For Assassination

By Theodore Shoebat

Pope Francis is being targeted for assassination, said The Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See, Habeeb Al-Sadr. The ambassador said,

What has been declared by the self-proclaimed Islamic State is clear – they want to kill the Pope… The threats against the Pope are credible.

He continued to say:

I believe they could try to kill him during one of his overseas trips or even in Rome. There are members of ISIL who are not Arabs but Canadian, American, French, British, also Italians.

The Israeli government is also saying that ISIS is targeting Pope Francis, as we read from one report:

…Israeli officials warned that the Pope’s censure of Isis had led the militants to target him.

Another report informs:

According to Il Tempo, Israeli sources reportedly told the Italian newspaper that the pope is “in the crosshairs of ISIS.”

This goes in accordance and adds to what I have been saying recently, that it is quite possible that the Pope will be assassinated by Muslims, and it may just happen in his visit in Turkey this coming November, as I wrote in my latest article regarding this issue….

Pope Francis is planning on visiting Turkey in November, and it is a possibility that he will be assassinated there.

The visit was announced after the Pope being invited by both Erdogan and the Orthodox Church’ Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. As an embassy representative said

The pope has been invited by both the Orthodox Church and the government and he is expected to meet the president during his visit

Lets not forget that in Turkey there is intense presence of anti-Catholicism, especially after the controversy that Pope Benedict XVI made when he made his comments on not killing to enforce religion.

Subsequent to the comments made by Benedict, a book was written called Who will kill Benedict XVI in Istanbul?

Cover of the book, “Who will kill Benedict XVI in Istanbul?” It just screams of anti-Catholic slander

Cover of the book, “Who will kill Benedict XVI in Istanbul?” It just screams of anti-Catholic slander

The publication became a bestseller, amidst anti-Catholic violence that sprung in Turkey, with three Catholic priests being violently attacked. One of the priests, Fr. Andrea Santoro, was shot dead from behind while kneeling in prayer. The murderer, a 16 year old Muslim named Oğuzhan Akdin, screamed “Allahu Akbar!” when he made this holy man a martyr.

As we read from a report that was written in 2006, when the prospect of Benedict being assassinated was lingering in people’s minds:

Benedict XVI is set to visit Turkey in November, for those looking to descry omens, here’s one that’s not terribly encouraging: A potboiler novel currently on bestseller lists in Turkey titled Papa’ya suikast (“Attack on the Pope”) predicts that Benedict will be assassinated.

Written by novelist Yücel Kaya, the book is subtitled, “Who will kill Benedict XVI in Istanbul?”

In a little more than 300 pages, Kaya manages to weave the Turkish Secret Service, the infamous Masonic lodge P2, and (of course) Opus Dei into his plot line. Inevitably, Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, also makes an appearance.

All this might seem comical were it not for the fact that in the last seven months, three Catholic priests have been attacked in Turkey, beginning with the murder of Italian missionary Fr. Andrea Santoro on February 5.

The same anti-Catholic spirit is very high in the Middle East, and it is in fact increasing as fervent calls for a universal caliphate and mahdi escalate.

The Italian government has affirmed that the Vatican is an extremely primary target for ISIS, since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the jihadist group, has stated that to conquer Rome is to rule the world:

This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world

Italian Interior Minister Angelino just said a few days ago that we should not ignore the words of al-Baghdadi and the fervency with which ISIS desires to conquer Rome because of the Vatican’s religious significance as the head of Western Christianity, describing the city as:

the cradle of Christianity and of which it is envisioned the conquest [by ISIS], is invoked for its symbolic value. It would not be correct to minimize the words of Al-Baghdadi

ISIS is targeting Pope Francis, calling him the “bearer of false truth.” According to an Italian source, ISIS is not only setting their sites on the Vatican, but more specifically, on Pope Francis himself.

Italian authorities have already issued an alert giving warnings on places that our potential targets to terrorist, and one on the list, being very significant, was “places of worship,” which would include the Vatican.

It has been reported that at least 50 people from Italy are now fighting for ISIS, 80% of whom are native Italians who converted to Islam. One of the reasons for their conversion, according to one Italian newspaper, was “distrust in the Catholic Church,” indicating the connection between Islam and anti-Catholicism.

Most interestingly, the goal to force the Vatican to become Muslim was recently stated by an ISIS agent in Italy named Imam Ismar Mesinovic, a Bosnian Muslim who stationed himself in the country to recruit Italian converts to fight for ISIS. He said:

We Muslims believe that one day the whole world will be an Islamic state. Our goal is to make sure that even the Vatican will be Muslim. Maybe I will not be able to see it, but that time will come.

Turkey is working heavily with ISIS, training them and providing them weapons. One ISIS fighter said:

Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large number of our mujahedeen [jihadis] received medical treatment in Turkey

Moreover, we know for a fact that there is a major ISIS training center in Turkey, as revealed a leaked video of it:

With anti-Catholicism being heavy in Turkey, and with ISIS, who wants to kill the Pope and conquer the Vatican, having a heavy presence in, and very significant support from Turkey, it is a possibility that an ISIS member in that country, or a Muslim jihadist, will kill the Pope during his visit in Turkey.

Turkey is so anti-Christian that it was behind the attack by ISIS on the Armenian Christian village of Kessab, in which 80 Christians were slaughtered.

There is actually a prophecy in the Catholic Church, called the prophecy of Fatima, in which the death of a pope is foretold:

And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.

The pope here is killed, and then after him clergy and laymen are slaughtered, which signifies a mass persecution of Catholics after the pope’s martyrdom.

It is very possible that the Pope will be killed in Albania, the country he will be visiting the weekend. Albania is a very Muslim country, and “Francis has said he wanted to visit Albania to highlight the rebirth of Christianity that was brutally wiped out during communist rule”, which goes in line with what the prophecy of Fatima foretold, that before the Pope is killed “he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way”, meaning that he is praying for Christian martyrs.

The Vatican has made it clear that will not even be taking extra security steps to protect the Pope when he is in Albania, regardless of the fact that there is an ISIS presence in the country, and they definitely want to see a dead Pope. As a report says:

The Vatican says it’s not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend trip to majority Muslim Albania despite reports of Islamic militants returning from the Mideast.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Monday that Francis would use the same open-topped vehicle he uses in St. Peter’s Square when he greets crowds in the poor Balkan nation Sunday. Vatican security officials are “calm” ahead of the 11-hour visit, he said.



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  • Julie LaBrecque

    If this how his life is ended, I pray the Holy Spirit comfort him through his martyrdom.

    • gloria royal

      Me to me to

      • Julie LaBrecque

        I pray and fear for the life of the Patriarch Bartholomew I as well. If the worst does happen, which I pray not, whatsoever be God’s will be done, would this not be a foreshadowing of the ultimate 2 witnesses?

  • Marco Vincent

    The prophecies of Fatima is always terrifyingly correct.

  • gloria royal

    I am blown away I was just watching tv out one eye and one ear …and reading the homosexuals article and heard that the Pope just gave his okay to kill Isis , he must know that he’s targeted for assassination the islamic state are doing just like the movie day of the seaige (.its all so on Netflix) they want the west Rome and the Basilica

  • AnthonyM

    We must pray for the Pope’s safety during these dangerous times.

  • richinnameonly

    He must feel he has to go and not be intimidated, and this takes courage and spirit.

  • Julie LaBrecque

    God bless you for public opposition to the brutal slaughter of the innocents. I have wanted to make a bumper sticker (not creative so no chance) that states something like ‘Thank you Mary for choosing Life.”

  • Lidia

    I pray for the Pope and Patriarch’s safety too.

  • Lidia

    Hi Pero, I was wondering why you mentioned the Albanians. Did they threaten to kill the Pope at one time?
    I think the Pope is at risk for assassination anytime he travels outside the Vatican. Pope Francis seems to be very brave to travel to places that have terrorists. ISIS wants to kill him and instead of the Pope, out of fear, going in the opposite direction, he goes straight into the direction of where most of these terrorist are located, the Middle East. Jerusalem has HAMAS. Istanbul has every kind of terrorist you can imagine. I believe he has no fear because he puts his life in God’s hands. He knows God will decide his fate and he will accept it.

  • Lidia

    I think the symbolism of killing the Pope in the Vatican/Rome would be a far greater symbolism for ISIS than Jerusalem.

    • Lidia

      ISIS sees Rome as the symbol of the Christian faith and Jerusalem as the symbol of the Jewish faith. If they destroy both (they already have Constantinople), then they will accomplish Mohammed’s dream. Why didn’t Mohammed see the “Third Rome,” Moscow!! Watch out! LOL!! According to Catholic/Orthodox prophecy, the “blonde slavs” will liberate Constantinople, Jerusalem, and even Rome from the Muslim invaders. Russia will occupy Rome for about 15 years- I did read that somewhere. Russia will be part of this pan-European Christian coalition. It will be the bloodiest war ever!

      • Julie LaBrecque

        You bring great insight, the Jews are hated for the race (blood), and Catholics for their faith. Hitler and the Nazis had the same mind set. I highly recommend you read “Salvation is From The Jews’ by Frank Shoeman, Jewish convert to Catholicism. Another good one, it gets deep, but is real worth the read, is “The Mystery of Israel and the Church” (3 volumes) by Lawrence Feingold, another Hebrew Catholic.

        • Lidia

          Thanks Julie, I will look for those books.

    • Julie LaBrecque

      They may feel it easier to take Rome if the Pope has already been ‘removed.’ Of course, we have Benedict in the wings.