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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Vatican's new plan to wipe off other religions

Vatican has consistenly held the position that other religions are invalid and deficient. Even during Millineum peace summit it clearly stated that 'It would accept one religion for the world only if it is Roman Catholicism'. It seems Vatican is clevely working towards that using UN as the front office in slowly diluting and dissipating all the world religions. Critics call it a slow poison technique. If it succeeds in future Hindus will be worshipping Mariam Devi (Mary) as the sole goddess and Buddhists will be meditating on Lady Fatima (Mary) to attain nirvana.

St. Peter's Basilica is the called the “Mother of All Churches.” According to an article posted from a Lisbon, Portugal newspaper a major ecumenical move is being promoted by the Vatican that could lead to the uniting all the world's religions. Is “Mother of all Churches” going to be renamed the “Mother of All Religions”?

The article was titled "Fatima to become interfaith shrine". The first paragraph sounds rather astonishing. Read carefully every word that is stated:


Delegates attending the Vatican and United Nations (UN) inspired annual interfaith congress "The Future of God", held during October in Fatima , heard how the Shrine is to be developed into a center where all the religions of the world will gather to pay homage to their various gods. The Congress was held in the Paul VI Pastoral Center and presided over by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon José de Cruz Policarpo.


While the article was posted from a Portuguese News source November 1, 2003 , there were few references to this news item anywhere else. Certainly an event as significant as this should have been noticed by other news agencies. Imagine the significance. A conference “inspired by the Vatican and the United Nations” that centered on the idea of establishing a shrine, at the very location where “Mary the Mother of Jesus” was supposed to have appeared in an apparition, for the cause of uniting the religions of the world! How amazing! Further, the shrine was being proposed as a gathering place for all religions to come and “pay homage” to their gods


Cardinal José de Cruz Policarpo along with 36 others, was officially appointed to the position of Cardinal by Pope John Paul II, February 21, 2001


The Shrine’s rector of over forty years, Monsignor Luciano Guerra spoke to the Congress. Addressing Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, Buddhist and African Pagan representatives he said:

The future of Fatima , or the adoration of God and His mother at this holy Shrine, must pass through the creation of a shrine where different religions can mingle. The inter-religious dialogue in Portugal , and in the Catholic Church, is still in an embryonic phase, but the Shrine of Fatima is not indifferent to this fact and is already open to being a universalistic place of vocation.

Other religious leaders commented as well. From their statements it was apparent that the Fatima Shrine may soon become a pilgrimage center for all of the world’s religions. For example, Hindu representative Anshok Ansraj described “how already in the Far East millions of Hindus are getting “positive vibrations” from visiting Marian shrines without endangering their faith.”


Monsignor Guerra also made it clear that he believed the very name of “ Fatima ” destined the Shrine to become a successful stepping stone towards an ecumenical harmony with Islam. The article stated:

Monsignor Guerra pointed out that the very fact that Fatima is the name of a Muslim and Mohammed's daughter, is indicative that the Shrine must be open to the co-existence of various faiths and beliefs. According to the Monsignor: "Therefore we must assume that it was the will of the Blessed Virgin Mary that this comes about this way."


Other Catholic speakers who participated in the conference were equally as vocal in their opinion that the Fatima Shrine would become a significant location and an ecumenical catalyst for all religions to unite. For example, the Jesuit theologian Father Jacques Dupuis predicted: “The religion of the future will be a general converging of religions in a universal Christ that will satisfy all.”

Passionately encouraging all leaders who were in attendance to become part of a world wide religion centered on the name of Christ, Father Dupuis continued:

The other religious traditions in the world are part of God's plan for humanity and the Holy Spirit is operating and present in Buddhist, Hindu and other sacred writings of Christian and non-Christian faiths as well. The universality of God's kingdom permits this, and this is nothing more than a diversified form of sharing in the same mystery of salvation. In the end it is hoped that the Christian will become a better Christian and each Hindu a better Hindu.

Like all conferences, the “Future of God” conference ended with resolutions to be carried forward. The Lisbon based newspaper reported:

An official statement put out by the Congress called for a non-proselytizing approach by all religions. "No one religion can irradiate another," it said "or strengthen itself by downplaying others and an open dialogue is the way to building bridges and tearing down walls of centuries of hate. What is needed is that each religion be true to its faith integrally and treat each religion on the same footing of equality with no inferior or superiority complexes." It emphasized that the secret to peace amongst all religions is admitting that contradictions exist between creeds but to concentrate on what unites them as opposed to what separates them.

Non-christians watch out. Instead of proselytizing individuals the vatican church has graduated to a new strategy of proselytizing other religions as a whole. This plan may work very well as non-christians have no knowledge of spiritual warfare and see goodness and godliness in every religion.

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