Pope John Paul I, on In Vitro Fertilization

Cardinal Albino Luciani, the Future Pope John Paul I, on In Vitro Fertilization

A few weeks before he was elected Pope in 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani gave an interview on the recent birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby. Many on the left have long held that this revealed the mind of a Pope on the matter, and that had he lived, he would have taught very differently than did his successor, Pope John Paul II. It’s a desperate argument. It is clear in the argument that Cardinal Luciani goes out of his way to speak as a journalist and not a Cardinal (let alone, future Pope). He is clearly uncomfortable with the question being asked of him while he was hospitalized and away from his books.

Why his pontificate lasted only 33 days is a mystery. He gave us his refreshing smile in very turbulent times, and made way for the towering giant that was his successor, Pope John Paul II.
Medieval historian, Dr. Lori Pieper recently posted the interview on her blog, On Pilgrimage,I have long-sought this very controversial interview, and am deeply grateful to Dr. Pieper for having brought it to light. I present the article here, along with Dr. Pieper’s end notes.

Q. What is your opinion on the English baby girl conceived in a laboratory?

A. It is not easy for me to answer your question like this, on the spur of the moment, from the telephone in my hospital room, where I am now, without books that I can consult. And that is not the only difficulty. I have, in fact, read up to now only a few newspaper accounts about the “English test tube baby”; in order to make a judgment, in addition to what is in the newspapers, I would have to be acquainted with the scientific data drawn up by the two doctors who are the leading actors. (1) That is not all: at this moment, I am not speaking as a bishop, but as a journalist consulted by a colleague; in such a very delicate and almost new matter, I am also waiting for what the authentic magisterium of the Church will decide to say, after the experts have been heard. My answer to your question is therefore personal, at my own risk, and, I might say, in the form of a conversation.

1. I share only in part the enthusiasm of those who are applauding the progress of science and technology after the birth of the English baby girl. Progress is a very fine thing, but not every kind of progress is helpful to mankind. The ABC weapons (atomic, bacteriological, and chemical) have been a kind of progress, but at the same time, a disaster for mankind. Even if the possibility of having children in vitro does not bring about disaster, it at least poses some enormous risks. For example: the natural ability to conceive sometimes produces, as a result, malformed children; won’t the ability to conceive artificially produce more? If so, won’t the scientist faced with new problems be acting like the “sorcerer’s apprentice,” who unleashes powerful forces without being able to contain and dominate them? Another example: given the hunger for money and the lack of moral scruples today, won’t there be the danger that a new industry will arise, that of “baby manufacturing,” perhaps for those who cannot or will not contract a valid marriage? If this were to happen, wouldn’t it be a great setback instead of progress for the family and for society?

2. From every side the press is sending its congratulations to the English couple and best wishes to their baby girl. In imitation of God, who desires and loves human life, I too offer my best wishes to the baby girl. As for her parents, I do not have any right to condemn them; subjectively, if they have acted with the right intention and in good faith, they may even have great merit before God for what they have decided on and asked the doctors to carry out.

3. Getting down, however, to the act in itself, and good faith aside, the moral problem which is posed is: is extrauterine fertilization in vitro or in a test tube, licit? Pius XII, in speaking of artificial fertilization in marriage, made, if I remember right, the following distinction: Does the intervention of the technician or doctor serve only to facilitate the marriage act? Or does it help to obtain the child by continuing, in some way, an already completed marriage act? No moral difficulty; the intervention can take place. Does the device, on the other hand, not help or prolong the marriage act, but actually exclude it or substitute for it? It is not licit to use the device, because God has bound the transmission of life to marital sexuality. So said Pius XII, more or less; I do not find any valid reasons to deviate from this norm, declaring licit the separation of the transmission of life from the marriage act.

4. “But,” I have read in some newspapers, “it is ridiculous to pose moral problems to those who are availing themselves of the magnificent conquests of science. And then there are the rights of the free individual conscience.” Fine, but morality is not concerned with the conquests of science: it is concerned with moral actions, through which people can make use of scientific conquests for both good and evil. As for the individual conscience, we are in agreement: it should always be followed: both when it commands and when it prohibits; the individual must, however, strive to have a properly formed conscience. Conscience, in fact, does not have the task of creating the law. It has two other tasks: that of informing itself first of what the law of God says: then of judging whether there is harmony between this law and a specific action of ours. In other words, conscience must command man, not obey man.

NOTES

(1) In fact, at the time of Louise’s birth, Steptoe and Edwards had not yet published an description of their procedures in a medical journal, which made many members of the medical community decide to suspend judgment on it. This was also why Luciani could not comment more precisely on the morality of the actual procedure used; this means also that he wouldn’t have known about the fact that more than one embryo is produced in the procedure, and the unused ones destroyed; which is in the eyes of the Catholic Church the taking of human life.

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Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563
The Tower of Babel By Pieter Bruegel the Elder 1563

 The Tower of Babel was most likely the very first pyramid and was never completed. It was built in the area of what is now known as Iraq.
Genesis 11:1-9 KJV
1          And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2          And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3          And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
4          And they said, Go to, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5          And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6          And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7          Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
8          So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

9          Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.


The European Parliament Strasbourg.
The European Parliament Strasbourg.

“It has a solid central tower, one furlong square, with a second erected on top of it and then a third, and so on up to eight. All eight towers can be climbed by a spiral way running around the outside, and about halfway up there are seats for those who make the journey to rest on.” – Herodotus, the ‘Father of History’ between 484 – 424 BC

And they began to build, and in the fourth week they made brick with fire, and the bricks served them for stone, and the clay with which they cemented them together was asphalt which comes out of the sea, and out of the fountains of water in the land of Shinar. And they built it: forty and three years were they building it; its breadth was 203 bricks, and the height [of a brick] was the third of one; its height amounted to 5433 cubits and 2 palms, and [the extent of one wall was] thirteen stades [and of the other thirty stades]. (Jubilees 10:20-21, Charles’ 1913 translation)


The Tower of Babel is represented by Pride Rock in the movie, “The Lion King“.

Trinity Broadcasting network

The Trinity Broadcasting Network is an international Christian-based broadcast television network as well as the world's largest religious television network. - Wikipedia
The Trinity Broadcasting Network is an international Christian-based broadcast television network as well as the world’s largest religious television network. – Wikipedia

Trinity Broadcasting network crest on the above has within it the crest which was created by Aleister Crowley as seen below. It was displayed on the title page of his “The Book of Law”, and signed the name “Baphomet” next to it. It is now know as the crest of the international fraternal and religious organization the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).

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Also contained within the Trinity Broadcasting network crest is Great coat of arms of Rothschild family (above)/Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (below).

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The Red Cross

Clara Barton as Eastern Star.
Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, as Eastern Star.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
The red cross is  beleaved to be The Mark of Cain.


“Ormus and his initiates had taken the red cross as their identifying symbol four centuries before Merovee (founder of the Merovingian Holy Grail dynasty) was born with the red cross birthmark above his heart. The Knights Templar adopted Merovee’s red cross six centuries later. To emulate the Templars, the Priory of Sion took the red cross of Ormus as its own emblem, then adopted the title l’Ordre de Ia Rose-Croix Veritas, which means “The Order of the mie Red Cross.” This additional name was added at the behest of Sion’s Grand Master, Jean de Gisors.Thus, Jean de Gisors is considered the founder of the Rose-Croix, or Rosicrucians.” – Scarlet and the Beast by John Daniel

“He (Merovee) was the first in a series of kings called the Merovingian bloodline. It is said that the offspring of Merovee were noted for a birthmark above the heart – a small red cross. This symbol eventually became the emblem of the Guardians of the Grail.” – Scarlet and the Beast by John Daniel

Pope John Paul I told me he would never leave Rome

AMAZING PREDICTIONS OF THE PONTIFF WHO REIGNED JUST 33 DAYS: Pope John Paul I told me he would never leave Rome.. and that Karol Wojtyla would be his successor BISHOP JOHN MAGEE.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE By AINE BONNER

AN IRISH bishop who was like a son to the Pope has revealed how his successor John Paul I eerily predicted his own death and named Karol Wojtyla as his successor.

Bishop John Magee acted as private secretary to both pontiffs and now he tells of some of the most private conversations he had with both Vatican leaders.

The Bishop of Cloyne said John Paul I somehow knew his pontificate would not last long and his insight into the future was so profound he knew he would never leave Rome and always questioned why he had been chosen as pope.

Bishop Magee, based in Cobh, Co Cork, said: “He never said that he wasn’t the one God wanted. But it was a recurring theme during his 33 days that he didn’t know why he had been chosen.

“He was a very humble man and he felt that there were others there who were of greater statue, spiritually and in every other way.

“God chose the most humble men to come to the See of Peter and to point the way to the one who would come after him.”

The Pope‘s startling predictions began almost immediately after he became pontiff in August 1978 when he received an invitation to visit Mexico.

“At the very first general audience, when Pope John Paul I received from Mexican journalists a facsimile of an air ticket inviting him to go to Mexico for the conferences of South America in Pueblo, Mexico.

“He took the ticket, handed it to me and thanked them. On our way back to the Papal apartment he asked me ‘Could you give me that ticket?’ And I said: ‘It’s not a ticket, Holy Father.’

“He said: ‘It doesn’t matter, I just want to see it.’ So he looked at it and then he handed it back to me and he said: ‘I will not make any visits outside of Rome. And I want you to give this ticket to my successor. He will go to Pueblo’.

“The meeting in Pueblo was in February 1979 which was only a few months later and he was giving me that ticket and told me to hold onto it.

“And in fact, I gave it to John Paul II and I accompanied John Paul II to Pueblo in Mexico in February 1979, which is a clear indication.”

John Paul I’s pontificate lasted only 33 days before he died suddenly from a heart attack on September 28, 1978.

Bishop Magee said: “Two nights before he died I was sitting alone with him at dinner and he started to talk about the fact there were others in the conclave that he thought would have made a very good Pope.

“And I kept saying: ‘Well you’re doing fine Holy Father. The Holy Spirit doesn’t make any mistakes.’ And he said: ‘Oh I know that but right in front of me was one that Paul VI had indicated’.

“Now he had judged that because Paul VI had called Cardinal Roydiva in 1976 to preach the retreat to the Roman Curia and to the Pope in the first week of Lent. And so that was considered by many as an indication that Paul VI was presenting him as a candidate.”

Then John Paul I told him: “He will come where I am.”

Bishop Magee never asked John Paul I who was sitting opposite him at the conclave. And when he died and John Paul II was elected, he never asked the new Pope where he was sitting either.

The bishop said: “Four years later when John Paul II appointed me as Master of Ceremonies, I went to the ceremonial office and I went on a tour of it.

“I found a cupboard with the name of the conclaves of ’78 on it. I asked for the key. When I opened it and took out the seating positions in the Sistine Chapel during each of the conclaves, I saw that sitting right opposite Cardinal Luciani – John Paul I – was Cardinal Wojtyla.”

He had correctly predicted that the Polish cardinal he called “the foreigner” would be the next pontiff.

And the next day, when Bishop Magee told John Paul II the story of what happened, all the Pope would to him was: “Well, John Paul I was a very holy man.”

Bishop Magee said that although John Paul I never felt God didn’t want him to be Pope, he was very modest and felt others would have been better leaders in the Vatican.

And John Paul I showed just how humble he was when he became the first Pope to refuse the traditional crowning ceremony and the Papal Tiara.

He was also the first Pope to admit that being Pope daunted him so much that other cardinals had to encourage him to accept it.

And it is rumoured that he told the conclave after they elected him: “May God forgive you for what you have done on my behalf.”

John Paul I thought Cardinal Wojtyla would be the next Pope because in 1976, Pope Paul VI appointed him to preach at the Lenten Retreat.

And he felt John Paul II would make a more suitable leader because of his strength and his holiness.

John Paul II proved in his 26 years as Pope that he was indeed highly qualified to lead the world’s 1.2billion Catholics.

And at his funeral last week mourners held up banners calling for him to be made a saint immediately.

Since the death of the pontiff, reports have emerged about miracles he performed during his lifetime. A friend of the pontiff claims that John Paul II cured a man dying from a brain tumour.

The American Jew is said to have fully recovered from the cancer just a few hours after receiving communion from the Pope in 1998.

And another report claimed that a cardinal regained his speech after the Pope touched his throat after surgery left his vocal chords paralysed.

Other miracles attributed to the late Pontiff include curing a Mexican boy of leukaemia and a 16-year-old Polish boy of lymph cancer.

Sunday Mirror (London, April 17, 2005)

People And The Rose

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Pope John Paul I

Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani was pope August 26 1978 from  September 28 1978. His Papacy only lasted 33 days due to his sudden death which is surrounded in mystery and controversy.


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Metropolitan Nikodim

Metropolitan Nikodim, secular name Boris Georgiyevich Rotov, died on Sept. 5th, 1978 during the reception of Pope John Paul I in Rome the death was ruled as heart attack.


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Antonio Da Ros

Doctor Da Ros, John Paul I´s personal doctor, testimony details, delivered to the magazine 30 Giorni (1993) after fifteen years of silence.


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Pia Luciani

Pia Luciani, Pope John Paul I was her uncle.


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Roger Bacon

An English monk who made wonderful discoveries in many sciences.


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Christian Rosenkreuz 

Christian Rosenkreuz (Rosenkreutz), was called founder of the Rosae Crucis. His name meaning he was  “Christed” and Rosenkreutz being German for rose cross.


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Helena Petrova Blavatasky

Helena Petrova Blavatasky’s was one of probably the most famous of the founders of the Theosophical Society. Her magnum opus is one of the major foundational works of Theosophy entitled, “The Secret Doctrine”.


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Jordan Maxwell

Jordan Maxwell continues as a preeminent researcher and independent scholar in the field of occult / religious philosophy. His interest in these subjects began as far back as 1959. – http://jordanmaxwellshow.com/blog/about/


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José Rizal

He was a Filipino nationalist, novelist, poet, ophthalmologist, journalist, and revolutionary. He is widely considered one of the greatest heroes of the Philippines.


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 Andrés Bonifacio

Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897) was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary leader. He is often called “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”.


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Blanquefort Family

The Blanquefort Family includes Pope Clement V,  sixth Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and  Grand Master of the Order of Malta.


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 Presidents of the Philippines

Presidents of the Philippines….


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Art Bell

He is an American broadcaster and author known as one of the founders and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM.


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Max Heindel

He was selected by the Brothers of the Rose Cross to give out publicly the Western Wisdom Teachings


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Leo Pasvolsky

He was born in Russia. His New York Times obituary is subtitled “Wrote Charter of World Organization.”


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Prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra)

He founded Zoroastrianism in ancient Iran.


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Ignatius of Loyola

He was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, hermit, priest since 1537, and theologian.


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Benjamin Fulford

He claims to be spokesman for The White Dragon Society which was formally know as The Black Dragon Society.


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Daikaku Chodoin

He is the founder and president of the United World Karate Association, which combines all five iemoto with an estimated 50 million practitioners around the world.


Robert LaVoy Finicum

He was an American militant, author, and cattle rancher involved in the 2014 Bundy standoff and the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Murdered by the FBI January 26, 2016,in Harney County, Oregon, United States.


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Interview with Miguel Arranz

On 5 September 1978, during a meeting with Pope Luciani, Nikodim, the Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church died suddenly. Acting as Russian interpreter for the Pope was the Jesuit Miguel Arranz. Who remembers that tragic day in this interview

Interview with Miguel Arranz by Stefania Falasca

On the morning of 5 September 28 years ago the Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church, Nikodim of Petersburg, died suddenly in the arms of Pope Albino Luciani. He was only 49 years old. In him died one of the most brilliant personalities in Orthodoxy but above all one of the most significant figures in the history of ecumenism. His was an ecumenic sensibility that had led him to intensify contacts with the Catholic Church and to cross the threshold of the Vatican several times to meet the Roman Pontiff in the post-Council period of the ’sixties and ’seventies, when the paths of ecumenism and politics often crossed. Accompanying Metropolitan Nikodim at those meetings and acting as Russian interpreter for the Pope was the Spanish Jesuit Miguel Arranz, then vice-rector of the Russicum whom Nikodim had not been slow to call to Russia to give courses in theology at the Theological Academy of Saint Petersburg. It is precisely that post-Council period that, in the memories of the now retired veteran of ecumenism, appears to Father Arranz today as an unkept promise: «Without proclamations, the role of the successor of Peter was then recognized in fact by the bishops of the East. Their trips to Rome were real visits ad limina Petri. The regimes were urging them and they came to the Pope with the faith of sons, sons of a sister Church. Perhaps the bond of the successor of Peter with the Christians of those lands would have found a way of asserting itself. It may all have been a delusion, but the return to unity seemed so easy at certain moments…».
In his personal gallery of lost chances, of omens, of what might have been and was not, Arranz also puts the words that Nikodim spoke to John Paul I, and that he himself translated for the Pope, on that dramatic morning of 5 September 1978. Luciani himself mentioned that conversation in public. «Two days ago,» the Pope said, «Metropolitan Nikodim of Petersburg died in my arms. I was answering his address. I assure you that in my life I have never heard such fine words for the Church as those spoken by him. I cannot repeat them, it remains a secret». A secret that Arranz as interpreter knows. With him, for the first time, we plunge back into the chronicle of those days and of that tragic morning.

Father Arranz, did you have a chance to meet Metropolitan Nikodim in Rome immediately after the death of Paul VI?

MIGUEL ARRANZ: Yes. Nikodim had come to Rome for the funeral of Paul VI. And afterwards he celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica a funeral office attended by many representatives of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. I told him that the Father General of the Jesuits, Father Arrupe, would like to offer him hospitality at Villa Cavalletti in Frascati, where he would be his personal guest. So Nikodim stayed at Villa Cavalletti for the whole month of August up to the election of the new pontiff.

So the Metropolitan was present at the moment of Luciani’s election…

ARRANZ: No. He was not present at that moment. He came to Rome the day following, 27 August, and I accompanied him to the first Sunday address, preceding the Angelus, by the new Pope.

What do you remember of the event?

ARRANZ: I remember a small episode. We were moving toward St Peter’s Square at the moment when the cars of the Conclave cardinals who had spent the night in the Vatican were coming down Via della Conciliazione, and at a certain point one of the cars stopped right in front of us. It was the car of Cardinal Willebrands, then president of the Secretariat for Christian Unity. Willebrands got out of the car and began exclaiming to Metropolitan Nikodim: «It was the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit!…». Just imagine… a rational man, ice-cool as Cardinal Willebrands, gets out of a car exclaiming in that way! Nikodim was stunned… He looked at me with questioning air as if to say: “Well!…”. We went on and arrived in St Peter’s Square and pushed our way through almost under the balcony. When Pope Luciani appeared at the window, I began to translate what he was saying to Nikodim.

And what were the Metropolitan’s first comments?

ARRANZ: When Pope Luciani began to say: «Yesterday morning I went to vote… I never would have imagined… never», I saw Nikodim was surprised, very surprised by an idiom decidedly unusual for a pope. I also had some difficulty in translating, in rendering those expressions into Russian, and Nikodim was all ears and went on repeating and asking: «What, what?», and at each phrase again: «What, what?».
In the two days that followed he decided to go to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud. When he returned he asked me to accompany him to visit Casaroli.

Why did he want to meet him?

ARRANZ: To ask for an audience with the new Pontiff. Monsignor Agostino Casaroli, at that time, was president of the Commission for Russia.

But an audience for the Eastern delegations was already planned for 5 September…

ARRANZ: Yes. But according to protocol that was one of the ordinary visits to pay respects and take farewell that each delegation must offer to the new Pontiff after his taking of the throne. Private conversations with the delegations were not planned for that occasion. Metropolitan Nikodim wanted instead to speak with the Pope in confidential fashion. He was asking for an audience outside of protocol, taking advantage of the meeting with the delegations. And he insisted a lot with Casaroli to get the chance.

Did he give reasons for that?

ARRANZ: He told Casaroli that the need was urgent.

And was the possibility immediately granted him?

ARRANZ: Nikodim received confirmation that he would be allowed to speak with the Pope the day after Luciani took the throne, Monday 4 September.

So on 4 September Nikodim moved to the Russicum College and stayed the night there, since the following morning he was to see the Pope

ARRANZ: Exactly. I remember that in the afternoon he went to see Cardinal Slipyi. He then retired early to his room knowing that an intense and important day was awaiting him.

Did you see him on the day of the audience…

ARRANZ: He planned to leave the Russicum for the papal audience at 8.20. However, when I arrived at the College in the early morning, I found Nikodim very upset. He told me he hadn’t slept. It had been hot and stuffy in the house… he’d felt himself drowning. His secretary, Archimandrite Lev, had measured his blood pressure at seven o’clock. He had immediately taken nitro-glycerine since he had problems with his heart. Furthermore the car that had been lent him to go to the Vatican had been stolen during the night. That fact had shaken him. I tried to relax him a little. Leaving the Russicum he said: «Father Miguel, when a day begins very badly it finishes well…». In fact… at 11 o’clock he was no longer with us.

So from the Russicum you went straight to the Vatican…

ARRANZ: Not straight. From the Russicum we went to the House of the Clergy, where the ecclesiastical delegations going to the papal audience were to gather. Nikodim had difficulty getting out of the car. When the Jesuit priest John Long wondered whether he needed help , he only asked for less hurry. But there again there was another moment that caused upset and worry. At nine Father Long gave out to the delegations the numbers of the cars in the order they were to enter the Vatican. Nikodim, Archimandrite Lev and myself headed for the car detailed to us. It was pouring down. There was some mix-up and the result was that all three found ourselves in different cars. Nikodim finished up in the one taking the Bulgarian delegation. Imagine his worry… Would he find us again in time? Knowing that he had the privilege of being first to meet the Pope

Did you manage to find each other?

ARRANZ: Yes, luckily. There was still time before the audience and so they led us to a waiting-room. I remember saying something to him about the room we were in and the paintings hanging there, but clearly his mind was busy in that moment on other thoughts. Archbishop Martin, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, came in to accompany us to the Library Room, where the audience was to take place. Before entering Nikodim passed me the phial with nitro-glycerine and told me: «Keep it open, it may be useful».

Who was present at the meeting?

ARRANZ: Cardinal Willebrands and myself.

Tell us how it went…

ARRANZ: On entering John Paul I smiled immediately and approached the Metropolitan. He greeted him with great cordiality. Nikodim offered the head of the Roman Catholic Church the best wishes of the Patriarch of Moscow, Pimen, of the Synod and of all the Russian Orthodox Church, wishing the new Pope many years of pontificate. He expressed the great hope that the fraternal relations between the two Churches, begun so well in the time of the pontificate of John XXIII and continued with Paul I, might go on to ever deeper mutual understanding, in the common efforts of the two Churches to encourage peace. The Pope thanked him for the greetings and the wishes and asked the Metropolitan to pass on to Patriarch Pimen his hope for fruitful work for the good of the Russian Orthodox Church. He told him that he had always followed his ecumenic work with great interest and also expressed the wish that the work be continued. After those exchanges they sat down for a confidential discussion.

Was the private conversation brief?

ARRANZ: It lasted about a quarter of an hour.

What did Metropolitan Nikodim say to Pope Luciani?

ARRANZ: That can’t be spoken of, it’s secret. But his words came from a feeling of total trust. As one goes to one’s father.

As you had seen him be with Paul VI?

ARRANZ: Yes. I also remember that he spoke in a low voice to Pope Luciani; indeed, at certain moments, he lowered the tone even more, as if to evade indiscreet ears. He didn’t want anybody overhearing.

And then what happened?

ARRANZ: When the conversation finished Archimandrite Lev was invited in. Nikodim introduced him to the Pope. I told the Holy Father that Lev was studying in Rome, at the Gregorian, and that he spoke Italian. The Pope then, standing, began a conversation with the Archimandrite about his studies. Nikodim was also standing close to him. At a certain point, when the conversation with Lev was coming to an end, Nikodim sat down without saying a word and, as he sat down, he bent forward, in a composed, elegant fashion, as if bowing, a deep bow… so much so that there and then I was astonished; knowing how much he held to protocol, I thought it a gesture of respect… He collapsed at the feet of the Pope. We tried to lift him up. Even the Pope bent over him trying to prop him up. In that frantic moment Pope Luciani did not immediately realize what was happening. I told him of the heart trouble, while Archimandrite Lev, running back in with the briefcase with the medicines, tried to give him an injection of heart stimulant, without success. Nikodim’s eyes were still slightly open. So I murmured to the Holy Father: «Give him absolution…». The Pope knelt and, in Latin, gave him absolution. The doctor who came in shortly after could do nothing other than declare Nikodim dead.

And what did Luciani say, what did he do after that dramatic moment?

ARRANZ: He was stunned… «My God, my God, even this has to happen to me», he repeated, and he was so lost at that moment that as the doctor arrived, with Nikodim stretched on the floor, he picked up the grains of nitro-glycerine that I had dropped in the confusion. He set them on the palm of my hand… I said: «Your Holiness, they’re of no further use now…».

Did you see the Pope again later?

ARRANZ: The Pope left the library to go and receive the other delegations that were waiting in line. But after Nikodim’s body was moved to another room, I was again called to act as interpreter for the Bulgarian delegation. So I found myself once again close to Pope Luciani. The Bulgarian bishop should have immediately presented his best wishes, but the elderly orthodox prelate and the Pope were unable to say anything. So I then started to read the text of the speech that I had been given the task of translating into Italian. And I went on reading. While they wept, in silence. Both of them. Without saying a word.

The Metropolitan’s remains were moved that same morning to the Vatican parish church of Sant’Anna, which was temporarily put at the disposition of the Russian Orthodox Church…

ARRANZ: Yes. I remember that there was a large crowd pressing to enter. Nikodim was very popular in Rome.

Did you happen to meet John Paul I in the following days?

ARRANZ: Two days later, 7 September, when I accompanied the papal audience of the Russian delegation come to Rome to take home the body of the Metropolitan. The Russian delegation was received in the same room where Nikodim had died two days earlier. Before the audience I exchanged some words with Monsignor Magee. He told me that the Holy Father hadn’t slept for two nights, that he had been deeply stricken by the death. The Pope told the members of the delegation of Nikodim’s last minutes alive, and also referred to the words spoken. At a certain point Metropolitan Juvenalij bent down and found the cap of the phial of nitro-glycerine that must have slipped from my hands onto the carpet in those moments… It made a certain impression on those present. Metropolitan Juvenalij, after the audience, declared on Vatican Radio: «We come now from the audience with Pope John Paul I. We have expressed our cordial feelings to the new Pope of the Roman Catholic Church… In particular we expressed our gratitude to His Holiness for all the love he showed towards Metropolitan Nikodim, on his own part and on the part of the whole Catholic Church».

Immediately after the death, however, suspicions began to spread. Various Russians said that Nikodim was not dead but had chosen of disappear into the Vatican to conceal from the world his conversion to the Catholic faith. Others later suggested that the Metropolitan had by mistake drunk a poisoned coffee meant for John Paul I... Were you aware of those rumors?

ARRANZ: There were so many rumors going round.

According to others again, the Orthodox bishop is alleged to have said things that he ought not to have said to this new pope and a Curia prelate even said that from Villa Abamelek, the residence of the Russian embassy from which the windows of the pontifical apartment are visible, KGB agents had struck him down from a distance…

ARRANZ: Villa Abamelek! All fantasy! Nikodim’s health was seriously undermined, from well before.

It is, however, known that Nikodim never wanted to be treated in hospital, he did so only before his visit to Rome, in Czechoslovakia, and after the treatment his condition worsened…

ARRANZ: He’d already had five heart attacks. What killed him that day was his sixth heart attack.

So many years later, what impression remains with you of that encounter? Might it really have marked out the route to full communion?

ARRANZ: Nikodim had not come to give advice to the Pope. He had a strong sense of each person’s place in the Church. Nikodim spoke of the Church, as a whole, with great intensity… a new vision, Pope Luciani did not draw back. Even more, his was a gesture of lack of fear and at the same time of openness and simplicity… that a Pope acknowledges that a non Catholic might teach him something and that he affirm so in that moment, with that disarming spontaneity, even publicly: «I assure you that I had never heard such fine things in my life...».

That is what he said in the audience to the Roman clergy on 7 September…

ARRANZ: Yes. And reiterated that he had been really struck: «An Orthodox,» he said, «but how he loved the Church! And I believe he suffered much for the Church, doing a great deal for unity».

What struck you most in those words?

ARRANZ: I was struck that he repeated the word Orthodox twice… and that stress in repeating it… It was a moment of grace that passed. That the Church missed.

Metropolitan Nikodim

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Metropolitan Nikodim, secular name Boris Georgiyevich Rotov, died on Sept. 5th, 1978 during the reception of Pope John Paul I in Rome the death was ruled as heart attack.

A friend and ally of Pope John Paul I.

John Paul I called him “a real saint.”- Raymond and Lauretta Seabeck, The Smiling Pope, p. 64.

He was Archbishop of Leningradand Marxist leader of the Russian Church.

He played a large role in the ecumenical movement.

“He was the chairman of the Commission at the Holy Synod for the ecumenical questions. He strove for the establishing of the extensive foreign contacts of Russian Orthodox Church, he achieved the improvement of the cooperation with the Local Orthodox Churches. He was elected the member of Central Committee of the World Council of Churches after the Russian Orthodox Church was accepted in the World Council of Churches in 1961, in 1975 he was one of presidents of the World Council of Churches. From 1971 to 1978 he was the President of the Christian Peace Conference; from 1974 he was the Patriarch Exarch of West Europe. He was a Magister of Theology (1970) and a Doctor of Theology (1975).” – http://enclo.lenobl.ru/object/1803556112?lc=en

He also a KGB subversive agent code name ‘Adamant’. – Andrew, Christopher (2000). “The Penetration and Persecution of the Soviet Churches”.

“ Cardinal Willebrands led the Metropolitan into the Pope’s private study… A delegation of Orthodox clergy assembled outside the room awaiting an audience audience …The Pope poured two cups of coffee placing one in front the Russian. Nikodim brought the cup to his lips he found the coffee too hot. As he set it down, he fell back into his chair grasping his throat.  John Paul felt briefly for signs of life, then opened the door which brought a Swiss Guard and others into the room… The archbishop had  previously had heart attacks…” – September 6, 1978 L Osservatore Romano

There was never an autopsy performed by the Vatican or even when his body returned home.- Murder in the Vatican
By Lucien Gregoire pg 159


Father Miguel Arranz S.J.

Father Miguel Arranz S.J. was present during that meeting as translator.

On July 16, 2008 Father Miguel Arranz S.J., the well-known liturgics professor who taught at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, in Moscow and in St Petersburg, passed away. The funeral took place two days later, at the Jesuit chapel of the Vatican Curia in the Vatican.

He gave an interview to Stefania Falasca, he mentioned the events that took place on that day in front of the Pope, during the official reception of the Orthodox delegates who had come to congratulate him after his election and enthronement and, as already mentioned, the interview was published in the magazine «30 Days». Read it in full here.

Dionysus/Bacchus

He is often deen in artworks with Ivy Vines.
He is often deen in artworks with Ivy Vines.

Dionysos was kidnapped by the Titans, who lured him with marvellous toys. While he is gazing at his own image in a mirror, the Titans slice his throat with a sacrificial knife. The child-Dionysos is then cut up into pieces.

He is known as the deity of wine and orgiastic love.


Names

Known to the Greeks as Dionysus and as Bacchus to the Romans.

“From Egypt the Mysteries went to Phonecia and were celebrated at Tyre. Osiris changed his name and became Adonai or Dionusus, still the representative of the Sun. In Greece and Sicily, Osiris took the name of Bacchus.”
Albert Pike 33°: “Morals and Dogma” [p. 363]

The Osirian Mysteries parallel the Dionysian Mysteries.

“…the murder of Dionysus by the Titans was commemorated in which legend he is evidently identified with the Egyptian Osiris, who was slain by his brother Typhon.”- Mackey Encylopedia of Freemasonry

” …Horus, the son of Osiris, called by the Greeks Apollo. He deposed Typhon, and ruled over Egypt as its last god-king. Osiris is named Dionysus (Bacchus) by the Greeks.” – Herodotus THE HISTORY : L.1, C.144. CHAPTER 144

“the place where Osiris, the Egyptian Zagreus or Bacchus, was born, was Mount Sinai, which is called by the Egyptians Mount Nissa” – The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy By H. P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant  pg. 280


“(In the Arthurian Legend) ..Galahad is Dionysus … – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P.Hall

 

Lupercalia

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The general Festival of Juno Februa, meaning “Juno the purifier “or “the chaste Juno”, was celebrated on February 13–14. While Lupercalia was a festival local to the city of Rome observed February 13–15.

Many think this festival is what sprang into Valentine’s Day. Due to the rise of Christianity in Europe many so called pagan festivals was often renamed for and dedicated to the early Christian saints. The Catholic Church was thought to even keep so of the same traditions in Saint Valentines day.


 

Eve of Lupercalia

February 14th used to be a Roman custom, the Eve of Lupercalia, and was primarily a festival of fertility. The tradition in Rome was to hold what was effectively a lottery, where boys and girls were paired off with each other at random.The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th. Thus, February 14th became a day of unbridled sexual lust. Many of these pairings evolved into firm friendships and even marriages. Throughout the following days of the feast other traditions including ritual sacrifices, bathing in blood, and whipping in the streets was practiced.


 

Lupercalia Day

Lupercalia was a Roman festival dedicated to Lupercus who was the god of the shepherds, the hunter of wolves. It was observed on February 15 to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility.

The religious ceremonies were directed by the Luperci, the “brothers of the wolf (lupus)”, a corporation of priests of Faunus, dressed only in a goatskin, imitating the god, Lupercus or Pan.

The festival began with the sacrifice by the Luperci (or the flamen dialis) of two male goats and a dog. Next, two young patrician Luperci were led to the altar, to be anointed on their foreheads with the sacrificial blood, which was wiped off the bloody knife with wool soaked in milk. The two Luperci would run around Palatine Hill while holding  a goatskin thong called a “februa.” Women would sit all around the hill, as the blood covered priests would strike them with the februa to make them fertile.

“Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy.” – Plutarch • Life of Caesar