The last time the Catholic Church tried to unite with Islam was during Pope Benedict. On September 12, 2006, traveling to Germany, Benedict 16 Pope made a controversial speech. (You can download that speech in English pdf here)
At the time quoted the Byzantine Emperor Manuel 2nd Paleologus: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
The reaction of the Muslims was immediate. There were protests throughout the Muslim world. In Nablus, in the West Bank two churches suffered bomb attacks. In Pakistan, the government called the Vatican ambassador in the country to ask for explanations and Parliament adopted a resolution rebuking the pope.
Qatar and Egypt, important religious leaders condemned the statements. In Iran, influential cleric Ahmad Khatami said : “It is unfortunate that the religious leader of Christians have so little knowledge of Islam, and to speak without shame of it.”
It’s been 10 years and the pope Francisco took a completely different approach. Received on Tuesday (26), the President of Iran, Hasan Rowhani, who left saying “I ask that [the pope] pray for me.” One of the main Islamic world leaders also said that the meeting “was a pleasure.”
In turn, Francisco thanked the visit and said it “expects the achievement of peace.” Surprisingly, after the meeting, the Vatican said Tehran should be an important partner in the fight against terrorism. This visit marks the first visit by an Iranian president to Europe in nearly two decades. Officially, the goal is that Tehran can “conquer space in the peace negotiations to conflicts in the Middle East.” Read more about that here.
The Vatican effort not to hurt Muslim beliefs was so great that white sidings were placed to cover the nudity of the statues of the Capitoline Museums. In Il Messaggero newspaper, the measure was criticized.
“Covering the statues is a proof of attention that can not be shared. Respect for other cultures can not and should not represent a denial of our “fired Luca Squeri, deputy Forza Italy.
Another aspect that draws attention is the fact that the previous day (25), Francis Pope has apologized to Protestants and members of other Christian churches persecution of Catholics in the past. Also announced that it will participate in the launch of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
On a visit to Turkey last year, the Pope said that Christians and Muslims are “brothers and sisters traveling the same path” .
October 31, the Pope will be in the Swedish city of Lund, at the headquarters of the Lutheran World Federation. It has been announced that will be used a “common prayer” that both Christian denominations will use during the celebrations 2017.
Last October, a ceremony at the Vatican brought together leaders from more than a dozen religious traditions, including Sikhs and Hindus . Francis asked at the time that “All believers of all religions, together, we can worship the Creator for giving us the garden that is this world.”
In the end, he asked each make prayers, “according to their own religious tradition” and urged the representatives of different faiths gifts asked to “your God” who made the “most brothers.” Around the turn of the year, included atheists that group .
In early 2016, the Vatican published a video with the pope saying “there is only one certainty we have for all: we are all children of God.”
World leaders, people in the entertainment industry, all sorts of religious leaders and even Protestants are looking to unite with the pope and the Roman Catholic Church to bring about so called ‘world peace’. And many of them saying the pope should lead this world unity! Friends, please listen to what this messenger of God prophesied over 100 years ago. And this was at a time when Protestants abhorred Catholicism and would never dream of unity …
“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near … this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience … Papists, Protestants, and worldling will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.” (E.White, Testimonies, vol.5, p.451, also – Spirit of Prophecy, vol.4, p.406)
God warned us through Bible prophecy and through His messenger that the world would ‘wonder’ after the Papal beast (Rev.13:3), and that the leaders of the world would give their power and authority to the Papal beast (Rev.17:12-13). God is calling His people OUT of Babylon, not to join with her! Please heed the call!