“Sometimes you just have to take a risk,” he said of the meeting. “There are some critics who say that the pope is not courageous, but reckless, that he is doing things against Catholic doctrine that are one step away from heresy,” he said. Throughout his papacy, conservatives have criticised his opening to the Muslim world, including the signing in 2019 of a joint document on inter-religious fraternity during a visit to Abu Dhabi. That visit was the first by a pope to the Arabian peninsula, home of Islam’s most sacred sites.
by Geoffrey GriderMarch 9, 2021
Pope Francis said on Monday that he decided to visit Iraq despite a rise in COVID-19 cases after much prayer and contemplation and suggested God would protect those who came to see him from the virus.
Pope Francis called Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani a ‘sage’, and that he was a ‘man of God’, and that all by itself should tell you everything you need to know about the Roman pope and his plans to launch the One World Religion of Chrislam on this world. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is not a ‘man of God’, he is someone that denies the deity of Jesus Christ and denies that He alone is the Saviour of the world. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani represents Antichrist, not God, and so does Pope Francis.
“I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” 1 John 2:21-23 (KJB)
Pope Francis has been called a heretic by conservative Catholics and rightly so, but even if he was in line with traditional Catholicism he would still be facing the fires of Hell as the Roman Catholic Church is not the church that Jesus shed His blood to create on the cross. It is counterfeit Christianity, and not only that, it is the launching pad from which the One World Religion of Chrislam is springing from.
FROM REUTERS: Speaking to reporters on the plane returning from his trip, Francis also said he realised that some conservative Catholics would see his meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as “one step from heresy” but that sometimes it was necessary to take a risk in inter-religious relations.
But he said he felt “reborn” after “feeling like I was imprisoned” by coronavirus restrictions. He added that “84 years do not come without baggage” and that he could not say if he would make fewer trips in the future.
While mask and social distancing regulations were respected at some indoor papal gatherings, where participation was limited, thousands of mostly young people attended a Mass at Erbil stadium on Sunday night and most were not abiding by the rules.
The pope has often urged people to respect guidelines of local authorities and the Vatican said before the trip they were confident that Iraqi officials would be able to make people follow the rules. A reporter asked if he worried that people who came to see him could get sick and possibly even die.“Trips cook slowly over time in my conscience. And this (the virus threat) is one of the things that most made me think ‘perhaps, perhaps’,” Francis said.
“I thought about it a lot, I prayed a lot over this. And in the end I took the decision freely. It came from within and I said ‘the one who allows me to decide this way will look after the people’,” he said, apparently referring to God.
One of the most significant moments of the trip was the pope’s meeting on Saturday in the holy city of Najaf with the 90-year-old Sistani, one of the most influential figures inShi’ite Islam, both within Iraq and beyond.
“SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE A RISK,” HE SAID OF THE MEETING. “THERE ARE SOME CRITICS WHO SAY THAT THE POPE IS NOT COURAGEOUS, BUT RECKLESS, THAT HE IS DOING THINGS AGAINST CATHOLIC DOCTRINE THAT ARE ONE STEP AWAY FROM HERESY,” HE SAID.
Throughout his papacy, conservatives have criticised his opening to the Muslim world, including the signing in 2019 of a joint document on inter-religious fraternity during a visit to Abu Dhabi. That visit was the first by a pope to the Arabian peninsula, home of Islam’s most sacred sites.
He told reporters the visit to Mosul, where he sat surrounded by the wreckage of buildings, dangling concrete staircases, and cratered ancient churches, had left him shocked by the “unbelievable cruelty” that took place.