Last week the Catholic Church heralded a new pope following the unexpected resignation of Benedict XVI, the first pope to resign in 600 years.
Prior to entering conclave, cardinals tweeted their final messages before the sting of seclusion cut them off from the outside world. For the first time in history, a spokesperson expressed concern the cardinals might go into Twitter withdrawal.
After only two days, white smoke rose from the Papal Stack and Jorge Mario Bergoglio was announced as Pope Francis I. Could the cardinals’ need to reunite with modern technology have played a factor in the swift decision?
Selecting a new pope is monumental. This time was no different. If anything, last week’s decision was more significant than any selections in the past.
In 1143, St. Malachy had a vision of the future from which he said there would be 112 more popes before the world ends. He said the final pope would likely be Satan, the final anti-Christ, and would usher doomsday. Francis is that 112th pope.
Pope Francis didn’t seem like an anti-Christ when he made his first appearance as pope. However, maybe that’s the mark of a good anti-Christ.
Hopefully the world isn’t doomed. It might be wise to follow the Cardinals’ tweets for any signs. Let’s hope St. Malachy’s prediction becomes a distant memory just like the Mayans’.
May the farce be with you!