Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pope Francis: The Vatican Bank and The Murder of Pope John Paul I

Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday in Vatican City.  Pope Benedict put Pope John Paul II on the fast-track for sainthood just weeks after his death in 2005, making his canonization the fastest in history.

Pope John Paul II became Pope after Pope John Paul I died under mysterious circumstances just 33 days after he had become Pope.   His death was linked to the corruption in the Vatican Bank, Banco Ambrosiano that collapsed in 1982. 

In some circles Pope John Paul I is considered the forgotten Pope.  From America Magazine:

On the Second Sunday of Easter, Pope Benedict XVI declared John Paul II “blessed,” a milestone in the late pope’s journey to sainthood. The speed at which Karol Wojtyla’s cause for canonization has progressed is singular. Under the church’s rules, the process cannot begin until a candidate has been deceased at least five years, but Pope Benedict dispensed with that requirement in this instance.

Not so with John Paul’s namesake and immediate predecessor, Albino Luciani, whose own cause, initiated nearly eight years ago, still sluggishly wends its way through the labyrinthine Vatican bureaucracy, its ultimate resolution still in doubt.

For those whose faith was rekindled by that gentle pope, the lingering uncertainty about his canonization is disheartening. Albino Luciani’s life was so exemplary that it could inspire a world grown weary and cynical and yearning for the “greater gifts” and a “more excellent way.”

“He passed as a meteor which unexpectedly lights up the heavens and then disappears, leaving us amazed and astonished,” Cardinal Carlo Confalonieri aptly observed at the pope’s funeral Mass in 1978.

 As pope, Luciani quickly discarded the royal “we” and disdained the sedia gestatoria, or portable throne in which popes, hoisted onto the shoulders of their subjects, were carried in majestic procession like conquering monarchs. At his papal installation he also abandoned the traditional crowning with the ostentatious, jewel-encrusted, triple tiara, insisting instead on receiving a simple shepherd’s pallium as symbol of his new role as bishop of Rome. This pope’s unexpected greeting to those who met with him at the Vatican was, “How can I serve you?”

In his “The Mysterious Death of Pope John Paul I”– A Treatise byGregory Christiano, Christiano writes of the murder of the pontiff as predicted in the writings of Nostradamus.


The "Smiling Pope," as he was affectionately called was born Albino Luciani on October 17, 1912 near Belluno, Italy. He was ordained in 1935, made Bishop in 1958 and became patriarch of Venice in 1969. He received his cardinal's hat in 1973. He was a staunch believer in ecumenism and the reduction of Church wealth. He was warm, humble and had no aspirations for the papacy.

Century 3, Quatrain 35:

When the sepulcher of the great Roman is found,
The day after a Pope shall be elected;
The Senate (Conclave) will not approve of him.
His blood is poisoned in the sacred chalice.

After Pope Paul VI died, Luciani was elected on the second day of the Conclave in 1978. He refused to wear the papal tiara or to be carried in the gestatorial chair. He was praised as a liberal reformer who read Mark Twain. He was on a mission to reverse the Church's position on contraception, cleaning up the Vatican bank and dismissing many Masonic cardinals.

Many Roman clerics were hostile towards Luciani. It was rumored he was deliberately elected by cardinals keeping secrets that he was too weak to bother them and his health would cause him to die prematurely in office. However, to the surprise and consternation of those very same cardinals, Pope John Paul I immediately investigated the Vatican Bank and wanted to clean house of any prominent prelates who were Freemasons.

He was about to make a series of dismissals and new appointments and remove those accused of financial and other misdeeds. All this has been construed as a motive for his murder.

Century 10, Quatrain 12:

The one elected Pope will be mocked by his electors,
This enterprising and prudent person will suddenly be reduced in silence,
They cause him to die because of his too great goodness and mildness.
Stricken by fear, they will lead him to his death in the night.

This spiritual leader of all the Roman Catholics, Albino Luciani, was actually embarking on a revolution. He wanted to set the Church in a new direction which was considered highly undesirable and dangerous by many high ranking Church officials.

He wanted, first of all, to strip many of powers by dismissing them or reassigning them into harmless positions. This directly involved the Freemasons. There were over one hundred Masons within Vatican City ranging from Cardinals to priests. Canon Law stated that to be a Freemason was grounds for automatic ex-communication. Six men in particular, stood to lose a great deal if Pope John Paul I remained in power. (These were - Marcinkus, Villot, Calvi, Sindona, Cody and Gelli). There was a suspicion of a conspiracy among these men with Villot the instigator and Gelli the executioner.

Motives for the Pope's murder were in these series of dismissals and new appointments he was about to make. The Pope also wanted the Church's wealth shared with the poor.

Century 4, Quatrain 11:

He who will have the government of the great cape
Will be lead to execute in certain cases.
The twelve red ones will spoil the cover.
Under murder, murder will come to be perpetrated.

The Vatican Bank (or The Institute for Works of Religion - IOR), was personally owned and operated by the Pope and made loans to religious projects all over the world. It was discovered that the bank exploited its high status and engaged in risky speculation and illegal schemes, including money laundering. Money was invested with Robert Calvi, head of the bank in Milan. He was eventually convicted for currency fraud in 1981 - (over $1.3 billion dollars was missing from bank funds). Calvi fled to England where he was found dead, hanging from a bridge in London.

Wow, “it was discovered that the bank exploited its high status and engaged in risky speculation and illegal schemes, including money laundering”.  The Vatican Bank scandal sounds a lot like the world-wide banking scandal of 2008 and JP Morgan Chase, HSBC Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank to name a few. 

So Pope John Paul I was going to drain the swamp.  That wasn’t what the Cardinals had in mind when they elected him pope.  He was deliberately elected by cardinals believing he was too weak to bother them.

Another participant in the scandal was Michele Sindona, an advisor to Pope Paul VI. Sindona was poisoned in 1986 in his prison cell. This sordid financial fraud also was linked with the Masons, the Mafia, arms dealers, political kickbacks and monies funneled through the CIA to support Solidarity in Poland.

Pope John Paul II’s death is also surrounded by suspicious events that lead one to believe he also was assassinated.

               Bird’s Eye View of the News - Atila Sinke Guimarães

SOMETHING IS FISHY ABOUT THE DEATH OF JOHN PAUL II  -  News about the Pope’s funeral is flooding the media. One point, however, is not clear to me. I have not found a sufficient explanation in the Vatican reports about what was really the cause of John Paul II’s death. 

We all know that he had Parkinson’s disease, which very rarely is fatal. We all know that he caught a cold, which also is very rarely fatal. So, he caught a cold and was packed off to the hospital to ease his breathing. It was presented as a question of comfort, not of necessity. After a few days he returned to the Vatican triumphant in a popemobile.

After just several days in the Vatican, something happened and he urgently needed to be reinstalled in the hospital and subjected to a tracheotomy. What happened? No satisfactory explanation. Just an insistence on the same point: he had a cold and a light respiratory problem. Why the need for such a radical procedure as a tracheotomy, which had a side consequence of preventing him from speaking? No explanation. 

At Gemelli Hospital, according to the official reports, he recovered. This time he returned to the Vatican in an ambulance. The news circulated that John Paul II was fine again. But on Wednesday, March 23, he appeared at the window of his apartment with an angry, acrimonious face, tried to speak, but was not able to do so. It was his final appearance. 

In a Forbes Magazine 2012 article entitled “Vatican Bank: The Most Secret Bank in the World” Avi Jorish reports on the latest Vatican Bank scandal:

Catholics and followers of the Holy See will be disappointed to learn that the Vatican’s bank appears to be embroiled in yet another financial scandal. 

The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank, is a privately held financial institution located inside Vatican City. Founded in 1942, the IOR’s role is to safeguard and administer property intended for works of religion or charity. The bank accepts deposits only from top Church officials and entities, according to Italian legal scholar Settimio Caridi. It is run by a president but overseen by five cardinals who report directly to the Vatican and the Vatican’s secretary of state.

Sheesh, sounds like the Federal Reserve Bank.

The bank’s president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, a well-known and well-regarded figure throughout European banking and social circles, was effectively sacked when the board passed a unanimous “no-confidence” vote in late May…

Tedeschi and the Vatican Bank have recently been investigated on two separate occasions for money laundering. This past March, JP Morgan Chase closed a Vatican account in Milan after the IOR was “unable to respond” to questionable money transfers, according to Italy’s leading financial newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore. In 2010, Italian authorities seized €23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican account at Italy’s Credito Artigiano Spa, following allegations that IOR violated anti-money-laundering laws.

Tedeschi and the bank both denied wrongdoing, and no charges were ever filed. The money was released after IOR promised to pass measures to come into full compliance with the FATF’s international standards on money laundering and terrorism financing.

Really, the money was released after the private banking cartel denied any wrong doing and “promised to pass measures to come into full compliance?”  That’s it?  Just like the U.S. Wall Street Banks, no one gets prosecuted, and the crooks get fat, rich and happy.

But it seems Pope Francis is picking up where Pope John Paul I left off.   From NewYork Times:

ROME — Pope Francis continued shaking up the Vatican on Wednesday as he named new cardinals to an oversight commission for the troubled Vatican Bank, replacing all but one of the appointees made by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, in another example of how the new pope is consolidating power.

Since becoming pope less than a year ago, Francis has shifted personnel in important Vatican departments, placing his picks in key positions while signaling that he intends to crack down on the intrigues and disarray that plagued the Vatican bureaucracy under the shy, aloof Benedict.

So Pope Francis is purging the Vatican Bank just like Pope John Paul I was going to do.  He fired Cardinal Taarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State the most powerful Vatican position next to pope and close friend of Pope Benedict.

Shortly after he announced his surprise resignation last February, Benedict approved new five-year terms for the existing five-man committee overseeing the bank, including Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, then the secretary of state, the Vatican’s second-ranking official. On Wednesday, Francis retained only one of those five — Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran — while replacing Cardinal Bertone with Pietro Parolin, the man who also replaced him as secretary of state.

So after Pope Benedict announced his "surprise” resignation he appointed new five-year terms for the corrupt Vatican bankers.  What a deal.

Reuters reported Francis has not ruled out closing the Vatican Bank.

Wow, Pope Francis is really kicking some Vatican Bank ass.  He doesn’t appear afraid of anyone.  The third secret revealed by our Lady of Fatima to the Portuguese children was regarding the structure of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church being taken over by Satan.  The Church as fought mightily to keep that third secret from being revealed.  According to The Fatima Network:


 What is generally called the "Third Secret" is, in actuality, the third and final part of the full prophetic Secret which the Blessed Virgin gave to three child seers on July 13, 1917. The other two sections of the Secret (the vision of hell and the rise of Communist Russia) were publicly revealed with the publication of Sister Lucy’s Memoirs in the 1940s, the final part of the revelation remains in the possession of the Vatican and has not yet been disclosed to the world.

    It was under the direct order of her bishop and, with the assistance of Our Lady, that Sister Lucy dos Santos wrote the third part of the Secret down on January 2, 1944. Speaking to Sister Lucy, the Queen of Heaven told her that it was God’s Will that she commit the Secret to paper and entrust it to her bishop and, through him, to Pope Pius XII. At that time, the Blessed Virgin also indicated that this part of the Secret was to be revealed to the Faithful no later than 1960.

    Upon learning that her bishop was unwilling to open the envelope containing the Secret, Sister Lucy "made him promise," in the words of Canon Galamba, "that the Third Secret would be opened and read to the world upon her death or in 1960, whichever would happen first." If her bishop died first, it was agreed that the Secret would be confided to the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon. Despite this agreement, the Secret was, in fact, delivered to the Vatican where it has remained undisclosed to the public for over fifty years…..

   In the conclusion to his study of the Third Secret, Frère Michel sums up his findings as follows:

    "Having reached the end of our inquiry, we are able to discern, with near certainty, the essential elements of Our Lady’s final secret: While ‘in Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved,’ in many nations, perhaps in almost the entire world, the Faith will be lost. The pastors of the Church will fail gravely in the duties of their office. Through their fault, consecrated souls and the Faithful in great number will let themselves be seduced by pernicious errors spread everywhere.

 This will be the time of the decisive battle between the Blessed Virgin and the devil. A wave of diabolical disorientation will be hurled over the world. Satan will introduce himself even to the highest summit of the Church. He will blind the minds and harden the hearts of pastors. And God will deliver them to themselves as a chastisement for their refusal to obey the requests of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This will be the great apostasy predicted for the ‘last times’; ‘the False Lamb’ and ‘False Prophet’ will betray the Church to the profit of ‘the Beast,’ according to the prophecy of the Apocalypse."

Well, I guess it’s pretty evident why the Church doesn’t want the people to know what the third secret of Fatima was.  They say, money is the root of all evil. 

Getting back to the Vatican Bank, as previously reported “Founded in 1942, the IOR’s role is to safeguard and administer property intended for works of religion or charity.”  I wonder if this is the type of charity the Vatican Bank is doing:


A German Catholic bishop faced pressure to resign on Wednesday after it emerged that his new palatial residence would cost £25m, over six times the original estimate.

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, bishop of Limburg, was investigated by a Vatican envoy last month after protests in his diocese against lavish spending.

His luxurious choice of home is at odds with Pope Francis's shift of the Church's focus towards simplicity and poverty.

The soaring cost of the stately residence next to Limburg's hilltop cathedral was made public by the diocese on Monday and was immediately criticized by churchgoers and officials.

Local Catholic Raimund Champert said: 'Such prestige projects simply does not fit with Catholicism

'The Church, like the Pope, has a responsibility to be humble and lead by example.

'We are not in the Middle Ages anymore.'

Christoph Hefter, a lay member of the diocesan council, said: 'The cost is shocking, it is beyond belief.'

Pope Francis, whose simple style contrasts with the more baroque tastes of his predecessor Benedict, whom he replaced in March, said last week he wanted the Church to serve the poor and strip itself of 'vanity, arrogance and pride.'

During the more conservative reign of Pope Benedict, Tebartz-van Elst was tipped as a candidate to replace the soon-to-retire Cardinal Joachim Meisner, a close ally of the German-born pontiff, as head of the country's largest and richest diocese, Cologne.

Ha, ha.  During the more “conservative reign” of Pope Benedict?  I guess when they say “conservative”, they must be referring to the kind of “conservatism” Republicans in the U.S. Congress live.

That speculation cooled after Pope Francis was elected in March and ended as the extent of his spending emerged.

Tebartz-van Els already has legal problems after prosecutors on Thursday accused him of lying to a court.

Chief Hamburg prosecutor Nana Frombach said in a statement that she had asked the court to fine Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst an unspecified amount for providing false testimony in a case he brought against Der Spiegel magazine.

The Bishop had brought action against the magazine after they ran a piece in which he was quoted as saying that he would only fly business class on aeroplanes. 

Pope Francis is really reigning in the lavish, privileged life these Bishops have come to expect.  After all, you don’t expect the Bishops to have to rub elbows with the poor, sick and dying.  Oh, wait there’s a new sheriff in town.  From the Catholic Telegraph:

Pope Francis: Priests should be ‘shepherds living with the smell of the sheep’

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.”

Those priests “who do not go out of themselves” by being mediators between God and men can “gradually become intermediaries, managers,” he said March 28 during the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

When a priest “doesn’t put his own skin and own heart on the line, he never hears a warm, heartfelt word of thanks” from those he has helped, the pope said in his homily.

“This is precisely the reason why some priests grow dissatisfied, lose heart and become in a sense collectors of antiquities or novelties — instead of being shepherds living with ‘the smell of the sheep,’” he said.

“This is what I am asking you,” he said with emphasis, looking up from his prepared text, “be shepherds with the smell of sheep,” so that people can sense the priest is not just concerned with his own congregation, but is also a fisher of men.

So, the corrupt Vatican Bank is on the way out.  One thing is for sure, with any Pope challenging the Vatican Bank suddenly dropping dead, Pope Francis is unbelievably brave. 

So, was Pope John Paul I murdered?  Just as our Lady of Fatima revealed, Satan has taken over the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

Thank God for Pope Francis, truly a man of God.

By Patricia Baeten

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