On October 11, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI speaking of Europe and the West said “that with tremendous scientific, social and cultural progress” (Europe and the West, nevertheless) “had grown to believe that they can exist without God’..thinking himself the architect of his own nature and destiny”
In October of 1981 “Our Lady” the Queen of Peace at Medjugorje said “The West has made civilization progress, but without God, as if they were their own creators.”
The Pope’s remarkably similar sentiment of Our Lady’s warning back in 1981 was offered to the Catholic faithful on Tuesday and it grew out of Pope Benedict’s alarm of the state of Christianity in Europe today.
Pope Benedict XVI revealed his most significant initiative yet to try and revive Christianity by announcing the creation of a Vatican office for re-evangelizing Europe and other traditionally Christian regions where the faith is falling by the wayside. Benedict has made reviving Europe’s Christian roots a priority of his papacy and has concentrated his foreign travels on the continent.
Less than a year ago Cardinal Schonborn came to Washington D.C. to talk about “Christian roots” and the state of Christianity in Western countries as well saying “Europe was now the least religious region in the world”. Cardinal Schonborn suggested that the creation of the European Union has been Christianity’s clear villain and called out the E.U for “ignoring its Christian roots”, failing to mention Christianity in its constitution, and referring to Christianity as a “foreign element”. Cardinal Schonborn did not mince any words when he said the Europen Union was wrong when members of the E.U. said European values were superior to Christian values.
He attributed the fact that Europe is the least religious region in the world to the rise of the culture of consumerism and said the culture of consumerism has led to an alarming fall in birthrates and begs the question “Is Europe Dying”.
Haunting echo of a Medjugorje message
In Tuesday’s decree, Pope Benedict XVI lamented that with “tremendous scientific, social and cultural progress over the past century, parts of the world that once had strong Christian roots had grown to believe that they can exist without God’” “While some greeted this as a freedom, they soon realized the interior desert that is born when man — thinking himself the architect of his own nature and destiny — finds himself lacking that which is fundamental to everything,”
The Popes word’s strongly call to mind the words spoken by Our Lady of Medjugorje in October of 1981. The Queen Peace said then, to the six young visionaries of Medjugorje, – The Russian people will be the people who will glorify God the most. The West has made civilization progress, but without God, as if they were their own creators.”
Interestingly just two weeks ago the Holy See petitioned the faithful to visit shrines and he talked of “Historic times” He encouraged the faithful to pilgrim to holy sites saying “In these historic moments in which we are called, with greater force if possible, to evangelise our world, the riches offered to us by the pilgrimage to shrines should be highlighted. First of all, for its great ability to summon and bring together a growing number of pilgrims and religious tourists, some of whom are in complicated human and spiritual situations, somewhat distant from living the faith and with a weak ecclesial affiliation. Christ speaks to all of them with love and hope.”
Pope Benedict XVI is very concerned about the very roots of Christian belief in Western societies and he seems to be in a real hurry to reverse the course. Is he looking to Our Lady for help? Perhaps the Catholic faithful and the world will know the answer to this question soon as the Vatican’s investigation of the apparitions at Medjugorje move swiftly towards a final resolution
“Dear Children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in his decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call. ”
The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, reportedly believed that Medjugorje is the continuation of Fatima. Thisrd secert of Fatima “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted”
Russia had very much to do with Fatima .. Medjugoje is the “fulfillment” of Fatima .. why should we doubt Our Lady’s words about Russia and its connection to Medjugorje