The Maltese Connection – could the next Vatican’s Secretary of State be a Maltese too?

On the 11th February 2013, soon after Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the mass commemorating the 900th anniversary from the foundation of the Sovereign Military Hospitalier Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, also known as Order of Malta, he announced his resignation. The first Pope ever in the Church’s history to resign on voluntary basis, so we’re told.

The Order of Malta at the Vatican on 11th February 2013

We don’t think this is a coincidence. During the commemorative ceremony Pope Benedict XVI said the following:

“This important event takes on a special meaning in the context of the Year of the Faith, during which the Church is called to renew the joy and the commitment of belief in Jesus Christ, the one Saviour of the world. In this regard, you too are called to welcome this time of grace, so as to deepen your knowledge of the Lord and to cause the truth and beauty of the faith to shine forth, through the witness of your lives and your service, in this present time.”

The role of the Knights of Malta was (and still is) to defend Christianity and the Christians. In 1530, seven years after losing their base in Rhodes and moving from place to another in Europe, the Knights set foot on Malta when Charles V of Spain, as King of Sicily, gave them the Maltese Islands.

In 1565, the Ottoman Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, sent an invasion force of about 40,000 men to besiege the 700 knights and 8,000 Maltese and expel them from Malta and gain a new base from which to possibly launch another assault on Europe. The French scholar Voltaire, describing the 1565 Siege on Malta said, “Nothing is better known than the siege of Malta,” and it undoubtedly contributed to the eventual erosion of the European perception of Ottoman invincibility and marked a new phase in Spanish domination of the Mediterranean. The siege was the climax of an escalating contest between a Christian alliance and the Ottoman Empire for control of the Mediterranean. This siege was also prophesied by Nostradamus which took place during his lifetime.

To this day Malta still stands as the rocca forte of the Catholic church. Malta has a population that is strongly tied to the Roman Catholic Church. In fact the Constitution of Malta establishes Catholicism as the state religion. Catholicism is also present in various elements of Maltese culture. No wonder that in the last 25 years, Malta, one of the world’s smallest nations with just over 400,000 inhabitants, has been visited three times by a Pope (twice by Pope John Paul II and once by Pope Benedict XVI).

Malta’s main patron saint is St Paul, who allegedly got shipwrecked in Malta in 60AD and converted the Maltese to Christianity. The feast of the Assumption of Mary (15th August) is also widely celebrated also due to the fact that on the same day in 1942 a relief convoy as part of Operation Pedestal made it through the Axis’ blockade during the Second World War. This is commonly known as the Santa Maria Convoy. Fortress Malta, as it was known, was about to surrender. Had this happened, the Axis would have taken control of the entire Mediterranean and today Europe and the rest the rest of the world might be living another reality.

However the connection doesn’t stop there. Since Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, two Maltese clergymen got highly ranked posts in the vatican close to the Pontiff.

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Mgr Antoine Camilleri

On the 22nd February 2013,  Mgr. Antoine Camilleri, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the third highest ranking post in the Vatican, making him under-secretary to the Holy-See’s relations with States. He replaces Mgr. Ettore Balestrero, who has been controversially appointed as Nuncio to Colombia, following reports about his close relations with Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, and his liaisons with the beleaguered Vatican bank IOR. Balestrero’s  replacement and appointment as Nuncio to Colombia is being considered as a kick-upstairs in a bid to keep him away from Rome.

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Mgr Alfred Xuereb (right) assisting Pope Benedict XVI

On the 18th March 2013, Mgr. Alfred Xuereb born in Victoria, Malta in 1958, became Honorary Prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, and first private secretary of Pope Francis I. Before being selected, he had served, next to the private secretary Georg Gänswein, as second private secretary of Pope Benedict XVI.

However  the most important Maltese clergyman in the last decade has surely been Mgr Charles Jude Scicluna, the Vatican’s top prosecutor on child sex abuse cases. Scicluna became promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2002 to handle accusations of clerical sex abuse, after the doctrinal congregation was given the authority in 2001 to take over such cases from local bishops for investigation.

In 2005, as one of his most trusted men, Cardinal Ratzinger  (who later that year became Pope Benedict XVI) sent Scicluna to Mexico and New York to collect testimony against the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Fr Marcial Maciel, amid allegations of abuse.

Scicluna took a tough stance against abusive priests, saying the church must respond to allegations in a very clear way, and not react with “inertia, a culture of silence or repression.”

He also said that greater transparency and the protection of children are integral to the good of the universal church, and called for greater accountability under church law of bishops who shield or fail to discipline abusive priests.

The Archdiocese of Malta set up a sex-abuse “Response Team” in 1999. By 2010, the team had received accusations against 45 priests in connection with more than 80 allegations of sexual abuse against minors. Malta, which is 98 percent Catholic, has a population of 410,000.

Several Maltese priests have faced criminal trials in civil courts after victims, reportedly dissatisfied with the Response Team’s handling of their cases, chose to go to the police.

Some victims have accused the local church of delaying its own internal investigations pending the outcome of the criminal court cases.

Many believe Mgr Scicluna was sent to Malta to help with the situation and save possibly the last stronghold of the catholic faith.

For the first time, Pope Benedict XVI met with victims of abuse during a trip to Malta in 2010 and assured them that the church would do everything in its power to investigate allegations, punish those responsible and implement effective measures to protect children.

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Aux. Bishop Mgr Charles Jude Scicluna

On the 6th October 2012 Pope Benedict XVI named him Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta and at the same time Titular Bishop of San Leone. In an interview on the eve of his departure from Rome, Scicluna insisted he wasn’t the latest casualty in the Vatican’s turf battles and Machiavellian personnel intrigues. Rather, he said, his promotion to auxiliary bishop in his native Malta was simply that — “a very good” promotion — and more critically, that his hardline stance against sex abuse would remain, because it is Benedict’s stance as well. “This is policy,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s not Scicluna. It’s the pope. And this will remain.” He added, “If you want to silence someone, you don’t make him a bishop.”

He was conscrated bishop on the 24th November 2012. On the 1st December 2012 Bishop Scicluna was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for a five year renewable term by Pope Benedict.

With such an apostolic career behind him, could it be that Bishop Scicluna would be called again to Rome, this time to fill the post of Secretary of State of the Vatican?

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Two Popes and a Comet – on the doorstep of a new era

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Since the launch of this blog, we have been feeding information. The reader might have thought that we’re derailing from the topic and that our argumentation might be rather disjointed. Below is a first convergence of facts.

With reference to the pages and posts about Pope Leo XIII and his coat of arms, and the page about the Comet ISON, one cannot ignore the fact that we are living or are about to witness what was prophesied on the Pope Leo XIII’s coat of arms.

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The real meaning behind Pope Leo XIII’s coat of arms is clear:

The tree represents the Church. The grey band represents the division between the two eras, below our current time and the above it the new era. The two fleur-de-lis (a symbol of the kings) actually represent the two concurrent Popes (kings) that we have now (Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis I). Above there’s a comet meaning that a particular comet will signal the new era of the Catholics. Like Halley’s Comet announced the birth of the Messiah, Comet ISON will be doing the same of the Second Coming of the Messiah.

One might ask what has this coat of arms from a pope over a century ago got to do with all this. Pope Leo XIII had a vision of the end of our time. In this vision Satan asked Christ for a period of 100 years time to destroy what’s so dear to God – the church and its people. The 100 years are about to end.

“HABEMUS PAPAM” but not Petrus Romanus

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AND WE WERE RIGHT: NOT PETER THE ROMAN,  FRANCESCO (humility)  

The prophecy is still on, just not as many believed. Various sites and analysts of St Malachy’s list of the popes expected to have Peter the Roman elected tonight. However we announced this morning that this was unlikely to happen. There are more pieces of the puzzle missing.

During the last conclave of 2005, two cardinals were close to become Pope, Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) and Cardinal Bergoglio (Francis I).  Bergoglio conceded his votes to Ratzinger. Few years later Ratzinger abdicates and Bergoglio, a Jesuit, becomes the latest Pope.

For now we will only add this: everything is not what it seems. More to come soon!

This conclave will not give us PETRUS ROMANUS

For the Prophecy of the Popes by St Malachy to be fulfilled, the next and the last Pope should be called PETRUS ROMANUS (Peter the Roman).

Who is that cardinal elected pope who would dare to take the name Petrus Romanus to fulfull a prophecy? It would take a very arrogant cardinal to assume such a name for the sake of fulfilling a prophecy.

So, no, the next Pope in the Vatican’s seat will not be called PETRUS ROMANUS. So who will it be? And if a false Pope will be occupying Rome’s seat, where will the real pope’s seat be?

However the prophecy will be fulfilled in some way or another!

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Conclave 2013

Pope Benedict XVI’s last angelus

It is very interesting to read the last angelus of Pope Benedict XVI. He says that the Lord is calling him to climb the mount (see text of angelus further down).

Has Pope Benedict XVI been called by the Lord as Jesus was called in the Garden of Gethsemane, the garden of olives? If this is the case, no wonder St Malachy’s motto of Benedict XVI is De Gloria Olivae.

And is the mount mentioned by Pope Benedict XVI the same one of the third part of the Fatima secret? Again if this is the case, like Jesus Christ was called in the garden of olives to sacrifice himself by death  for the salvation of humanity, so is doing Benedict XVI. His resignation is his calling in the preparation for the Second Coming. If the third part of the Fatima secret is to be interpreted correctly, Benedict XVI shall die as sacrifice for humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI giving his last angelus

Pope Benedict XVI giving his last angelus

Here is the last angelus of Pope Benedict XVI:

Dear brothers and sisters. During the service on the second Lent Sunday, the Gospel of the Transfiguration of the Lord is always presented.

Luke, the evangelist, has highlighted the fact that Jesus transfigured while he prayed. His is a deep, profound experience of relationship with the Father during a sort of spiritual retreat that Jesus lives on a high mount accompanied by Peter, James and John, the three disciples who were always present during the moments of the divine manifestation of the Master.

The Lord, who not long ago had proclaimed his death and resurrection, offers the disciples an anticipation of his glory.

And in both the transfiguration and the baptism, the voice of the heavenly Father echoes: “This is my son, the chosen one, listen to him!”

The presence of Moses and Elias later on, representing the laws and the prophets of the ancient covenant, is far more important: All the story of the covenant is oriented towards Him, the Christ, who fulfills a new exodus not towards the promised land as during the times of Moses but towards Heaven.

St. Peter’s intervention: “Master, it is beautiful for us to be here” represents the impossible attempt to stop such mystical experience.

St. Augustine has commented: “St. Peter… on the Mount… Christ’s only food was the soul. Because he must have descended to return to exhaustion and pain, while above, he was filled with feelings of sacred love towards God, which thus inspired him to a sacred path.”

Pondering over this fragment of the Gospel, we can draw a very important lesson: First of all, the supremacy of prayer, without which all the apostolate endeavors, and that of charity, will be reduced to activism.

During Lent, let us learn to give the right time to prayer, both personal and community prayer, which breathes air into our spiritual life.

However, praying does not mean isolating oneself from the world and its contradictions, as St. Peter would have liked to have done on Mount Tabor, but prayer leads us back to the path, to action.

Christian existence — I have written in the Message for this Lent — means to continuously climb up the mount for our encounter with God, so that afterward we can descend again filled with his love and strength to serve our brothers and sisters with the very love of God.

Dear Brothers and sisters, this Word of God I feel in a particular way towards me, at this moment in my life.

The Lord is calling me to “climb the mount,” and to devote myself to meditation, reflection and prayer.

However, this does not mean abandoning the Church, but rather, if God has requested this of me, it is so that I can continue to serve the Church with the same dedication and the same love with which I have done up until now, but in a way adapted to my age and my strength.

Let us invoke Virgin Mary’s intercession: Let her guide all of you to follow the Lord Jesus always, in prayer as well as in laborious charity.

De Gloria Olivae (The Glory of the Olive)

De Gloria Olivae (The Glory of the Olive) is the motto that St Malachy attributed to Pope Benedict XVI. Proponents of the prophecies have generally try to draw a connection between Benedict and the Olivetan order to explain this motto. Benedict’s choice of papal name is after Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order, of which the Olivetans are one branch. 

Benedict’s name is a sound reference to the motto by St Malachy. In fact St Benedict is the patron saint of Europe and the olive is a symbol of peace thus implying that the head of church is a herald of peace in Europe and to the world.

However there could be a hidden truth behind his motto. Like Jesus in the Garden of the Gethsemane (the garden of olives) has let himself in the Lord’s will to sacrifice for the salvation of mankind, could the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI imply he’s sacrificing himself and preparing us to the Second Coming? Is Pope Benedict XVI part of the Olivet Prophecy?

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass at the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem - 15th May 2009

Pope Benedict XVI leads a mass at the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem – 15th May 2009

 According to Gospel of Matthew Chapter 24 (as part of the Olivet Prophecy):

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Could the two men be the two Popes, i.e. the ‘retired’ Pope Benedict XVI and the one who’ll take the seat in Rome? If so what will happen to Benedict XVI if he’s taken? Read also about the last angelus of Pope Benedict XVI.