The Federalist: St. Francis of Assisi traveled to Egypt in 1219 with the Fifth Crusade, determined to proclaim the truth of the gospel to Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. Celebratory anticipation of the 800th anniversary of that meeting between saint and sultan began two years ago with Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt. Initiated by the Franciscans, the extended jubilee culminates this March with a papal visit to Morocco.
Vatican media foregoes the traditional papal insignia in promotion of this trip. Apropos of our age of slogans and Instagram politicking, it has chosen instead a logo created specifically for the event. Vatican News explained the choice: “A cross and a crescent . . . are symbols of Christianity and Islam which highlight the interreligious relation between Christians and Muslims.”
If this Vatican logo tells us anything, it is that Pope Francis is comfortable with Islam’s ascendancy. The “relation” made visual here is one of domination. Take a look. more …
Opinion: One way to get control of Jerusalem: join the resistance. Pope Francis has been openly embracing Islam for years:
On January 12, 2017, Pope Francis welcomed Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican, and on January 14, 2017 opened the first Palestinian embassy on European soil:
Pope Francis, like pontiffs before him, embrace any ways to get control of Jerusalem. On December 6, 2016 Francis opposed Donald Trump’s move of the US embassy to Jerusalem:
“Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims who venerate the holy places of their respective religions, and has a special vocation to peace.”
Francis’ statement echoes Pope Pius XII:
In 1947, the Vatican supported UN Resolution 181, which called for the “internationalization” of Jerusalem. In the encyclicals In multiplicibus curis(1948) and Redemptoris nostra (1949), Pius XII expressed his wish that the holy places have “an international character” and appealed for justice for the Palestinian refugees.
In its May 15, 1948 issue, the official newspaper of the Holy See, L’Osservatore Romano, wrote that “modern Zionism is not the true heir to the Israel of the Bible, but a secular state…. Therefore the Holy Land and its sacred places belong to Christianity, which is the true Israel.” The description of Christianity as the “true Israel” (verus Israel) is a reminder that it wasn’t until decades after the Shoah (holocaust) that the church fully recognized the connections between supersessionism, theological anti-Judaism, and anti-Semitism. (source)
Supersessionism is a complicated word for replacement theology, meaning, God transferred all His covenants with Abraham to the Catholic church. The theory was founded in the early church and given status under Chrysostom and Augustine in the 4th century AD. After the Reformation many large protestant denominations continued the teaching.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem” Zechariah 12:2.
Islam, therefore, is preserving Francis’ status quo of Jerusalem until the day that a Catholic Pontiff is able to get control:
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon” Revelation 13:11.
In the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), Jerusalem will be the place of the final battle of the Church age:
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near” Luke 21:20.
The place of salvation for the Jews:
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
And the place of Messiah’s return:
“And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives” Zechariah 14:4.