Speaking to 10,000 in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, the Pope invited the them to think about their death, the day they will meet God and give an accounting for their life.
The Pope also explicitly addressed the Paris carnage, expressing his “deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks that bloodied France late on Friday, causing many casualties.” Along with offering his condolences to the victims and their families, Francis condemned the massacre as an “unspeakable affront to human dignity.”
“Such barbarity leaves us shocked and we wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the whole world,” he said.
The Pope unequivocally recognized the Islamist ideology behind the brutal attacks, as “blasphemy.”
Francis went on to say that Jesus’ preaching about the end of the world contains “apocalyptic elements, like war, famine, and cosmic catastrophes.”
“In those days,” Francis repeated, “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”
The most important thing is not knowing when the end will come, but being ready for it when it does, he said.…
“In our days,” he concluded, “there is no lack of natural and moral disasters, as well as adversities of every kind.” “The Lord tells us that everything passes and only He and his Word remain as a light to guide and strengthen our steps,” he said.
Amazing, Even the Pope looks at the signs of the times and sees the end coming. I wish more Protestant pastors would make the connection.