By Theodore Shoebat
Pope Francis was recently asked by Father Jose Maria “Pepe” di Paola of the Argentinian news outlet, La Carcova, about “fanatics who want to kill you”, that is, on the death threats made by ISIS towards him, and he responded that he told God that if ISIS does kill him, to please make it a painless death. His quote is:
I have said to the Lord: take care of me. But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favour: that they don’t hurt me… I’m a real scaredy cat when it comes to physical pain
There is actually a prophecy in the Catholic Church, called the prophecy of Fatima, in which the murder of a pope done by the persecutors of the Church 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. The pope being killed in the prophecy just could be referring to Pope Francis, but this is only a possibility and not an affirmation.
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.
Shoebat.com was the first to find a video in which ISIS declared that they are going to take over the Vatican:
The Italians have also restricted airspace above Vatican City, and have even increased security for St. Peter’s Basilica, a place the Muslims would love to sack. In fact, in the year 849, the Muslims did indeed pillage and plunder St. Peter’s Basilica, stealing the altars and the chalices, and spilling Christian blood, but thank God Pope Leo IV drove them out, with God’s intervention.
Speaking on these security measures, interior minister Filippo Bubbico said:
ISIS poses an international and European security threat and we in Italy feel particularly exposed
The alert by Italian authorities came after Italy approved a measure to send weapons to Kurdish fighters combating ISIS. Ships exporting the weapons from Sicily into the Middle East have been under heavy security, as we read from an Italian report:
Italy’s national security authorities last Wednesday issued an alert for possible terrorist attacks on “sensitive targets” after receiving unspecified “threats”. The advisory came after parliament OK’d plans to arm Iraqi Kurds battling an Islamic State (ISIS) fundamentalist offensive in northern Iraq. As a result, authorities are ramping up security at all ports with connections to North Africa and the Middle East, most of which are located in Sicily.
This must be one of the reasons as to why one ISIS jihadist called Obama “the dog of the Romans,” before slaughtering a Kurdish militiaman, since Italy is sending weapons to Kurdish fighters in order to combat ISIS. The video of this can be watched here:
In the 16th century, the Ottoman Turks attempted to invade the Vatican under the lead of the Sultan Mehmet II who said that he would invade Rome and have his horse “eat from the high altar of St. Peter.”
But first the Turks had to begin in the coast, in order to make their way toward Rome. They stormed the southern Italian city of Otranto, and captured twenty two thousand people, twelve thousand of which were butchered, most of them for refusing to become Muslim, and the rest were sold into slavery. Such actions were no different than what ISIS does today. Eight hundred men were each given the chance to bend the knee to Allah, and each refused, and like the prophets of Israel they were all put to death, and their bodies fed to dogs.
The Turks murdered every cleric in the city. The Archbishop of Ontranto remained in his cathedral, standing before the altar, his hands holding onto the Blessed Sacraments; the Turks seized him and cut his body in half. Isabel, the queen of Spain and main instituter of the Inquisition, reacted at once to the massacre by sending a Castilian fleet to Italy to fight the Turks. Fear took hold of Pope Sixtus IV, who considered fleeing; for no doubt the Muslims would have wanted nothing more than to conquer the Vatican.
But in short time he decided to remain, and sent out warriors throughout Italy and Europe or protect the peninsula from the raging Turks. The king of England, on the other hand, did nothing; neither did the French nor the Germans decide to help their Christian brethren. (1)
In the Protestant Reformation there was a huge controversy between Protestants and Catholics on the Church’s role in war. The Turks were invading Europe, and wanted to conquer Rome, and the Protestants were all for this, and supported the the Muslims in their endeavor to destroy the Catholic Church.
What helped strike down the sublime spirit of crusading was Protestantism. The wonderful and beautiful concept of taking up the glorious Cross and raising up arms against the wicked was attacked by that vociferous heretic Martin Luther, who slanderously deemed the Church of Rome as an institution of the Devil, and the idea of crusading as false doctrine. “How shamefully,” said this ravening dog, “the pope has this long time baited us with the war against the Turks, taken our money, destroyed so many Christians, and made so much mischief!” He believed most wickedly that the Christians should not make war upon the charging Turk, but simply allow them to make their attacks upon Catholic Europe, since, according to his maddening mind, the Muslims were a tool used by God to punish Europe for its sins.
The fighting stance which the popes had taken for centuries against the jihad, would never be adopted in Protestant nations, where sick men–calling themselves men of God–sought out to undermine the Crusades and uplift the Turk. One of these, an English divine named John Foxe claimed to be uncertain on whether the sultan or the pope “hath been the more bloody and pernicious adversary to Christ.” (Jonathan Harris, The Ottoman Threat, in Thomas F. Madden’s Crusades, part 8, pp. 192-3)
The Turks wanted to cross right into Italy (See Belloc, The Great Heresies, The Great and Enduring Heresy of Muhammad, p. 60) not only to invade the nation, but to fulfill the wish of Muhammad, that the Muslims conquer Rome and destroy the Vatican. Of course the Reformers were more concerned about their schism than Catholics being killed. The Protestant bishop of Salisbury, John Jewel, sinisterly and sickly wrote:
The Turk, they say, is now hovering upon Italy. He will at least bridle the ferocity of antichrist [the pope]. (Bishop Jewel to H. Bullinger, in Hastings Robinson, The Zurich Letters; Jonathan Harris, The Ottoman Threat, in Thomas F. Madden’s Crusades, part 8, pp. 192-3)
Because these wretches believed that the Roman Church was the Harlot of Babylon, they saw no evil done in helping the Turks. England provided the Turks with war materials, specifically tin which was an essential material for the Turkish war cannon, and thus assisted them in their war upon Catholic Europe. What wicked men these were! They were the ones who warred upon that most important part of our Faith: Christian militancy against the forces of darkness. It was only until the Turks were close to soon enough reach Luther’s hind, that the German heretic decided that it was permissible to fight the Turk, just as long as the Pope was not involved. (Jonathan Harris, The Ottoman Threat, in Thomas F. Madden’s Crusades, part 8, pp. 192-3)
But for Luther to say this means that he himself was intervening in the war by dictating who was and who was not getting involved. Luther was simply grabbing power for himself.
This is why the Apostles, and their successors, always condemned schism and disunity within the Church. St. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, referred to schisms as indicative of heresies being present:
For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among yo, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. (I Corinthians 11:18-19)
St. Paul later wrote, to the same people, that unity of the Church must be maintained in its formation as the Body of Christ:
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into on Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. (I Corinthians 12:12-12)
St. Clement, a pupil of the Apostles who was commissioned by St. Peter to be the bishop of Rome, wrote in his epistle to the Corinthians a chastisement of ecclesiastical schisms and seditions:
All sedition and schism was an abomination unto you. …Emulation sent Dathan and Abiram quick into the grave, because they raised up a sedition against Moses, the servant of God. (St. Clement, Epistle to the Corinthians, 2, 4, trans. Archbishop Wake, ellipses mine)
Disunity leaves us open to the wiles of Satan, as in the case of the Protestant schism, it made Christendom vulnerable to the attacks of the Muslims. That unity hinders the advances of Lucifer, was affirmed by St. Ignatius when he wrote:
For when ye meet fully together in the same place, the powers of the devil are destroyed, and his mischief is dissolved by the unity of your faith. (St. Ignatius, Epistle to the Ephesians, 12)
The Catholics and the Protestants should have never provoked such violent contentions toward each other, but should have united in peace, as Christ wanted concord between the Jews and the Samaritans. The Protestant should have never united with the Muslim, but with the Catholic, in brotherhood and in zeal against the antichrist cult of Islam.
What will happen in the future will be quite similar to this: the revived Ottoman Empire, under the Antichrist, will try to invade the Vatican, but will be resisted by Italy and Spain, The Spaniards and the Italians, along with American, Russia, and other righteous nations, will be the instruments used by God to crush the Antichrist.
It has been my message for quite some time now that Islam was founded as an anti-Catholic movement, and these current becomings are a proof to that. Islam came to destroy the Catholic Church, and we will one day see the Ottomans attempt to invade the Vatican, just as they tried in the 16th century, but they will fail.
We must prepare our minds for the coming war against Islam.
(1) See Carroll, A History of Christendom, vol. iii, ch. xix, pp. 606-607; Moczar, Islam at the Gates, ch. v, pp. 120-1