A Vatican challenge & its fear of Egyptian occult symbols – updated

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Historical Puzzles

Here are the rosary beads I bought at the Vatican. Entwined with them are Muslim worry beads I purchased in Jerusalem: Francis vowed to bring a new outlook to the papacy. As he is a Jesuit with a vow of poverty I am surprised he has refused to sell off most of the Vatican property and art collection to fund hospitals and other good works. He is the man in charge of a grossly wealthy Papacy. He brings the Jesuit vow of poverty into disrepute by allowing the Church to remain as he found it. I challenge him to reduce the obscene, bloated and parasitic Vatican, which Jesus would not have even been allowed to enter. If you don’t think the Vatican is wealthy read this.  What use would Jesus have had for property, palaces, works of art and marble statues? Only if he does something radical will be believe he has any commitment to help the poor, as Jesus would have done. The Catholic Church is either 100% committed to the Word or it’s a sham, a charlatan preying on the weak and simple minded.   For my previous post on some of the scandals that have emerged around the papacy go here. I must also ask what has happened to the report of three cardinals/investigators, appointed by Benedict to report on the leaking of documents from his study. The cardinals, include a leading Spanish member of the Opus Dei fellowship, Cardinal Julián Herranz. Some of what is in the report is said to be truly compromising. Apparently they reveal a gay sex ring in the Vatican. If the church is speaking against homosexuality while some of its most senior clergy practice it, its crimes go beyond hypocrisy to betrayal of the spiritual well being and peace of mind of its followers. Perhaps Francis is afraid of the superstitions that revolve around the Vatican. Are these ancient non-Christian beliefs what stays his hand? First of these superstitions is the belief that the silver and gold keys in the Vatican coat of arms symbolize the golden and silver gates in the Egyptian occult system, which the soul passes through on its way through birth to death. These are also the keys of the kingdom Christ gave to Peter and a reminder to Francis of the imminence of death. The large Perugino fresco – Delivery of the Keys – in the Sistine chapel depicts this. For what these keys mean in the occult system see this video. If you have a more mundane explanation please comment below. Prayers from the Vatican and from the Sistine Chapel are believed by a billion souls to be enhanced by the sanctity of the individuals and the power that resides at the site of the Vatican. Is this what Christ would have believed? But the Vatican is an impressive place. The obelisk in the centre of the open area...

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The Pope resigns as signs split the heavens

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Historical Puzzles

I am creating these posts to record the results of my investigations into developments at the Vatican and the implications for the puzzle I uncovered in Istanbul. For a fictional account of that go here. The recent resignation of the pope throws a new light on everything that has happened so far. To any of you who are superstitious you will also have noticed the lightning strikes on the Vatican within hours of the announcement and the meteor strike over Russia, which injured over 500, 2 days later. If you are superstitious you may want to stop reading at this point. Because of the above events I have been researching the pontiff’s decision to go. As you know from a previous post on this site the last pope to resign did so approximately 700  years ago. When you read The Istanbul Puzzle you will see that a 700 year cycle features prominently. But, you will say, that means nothing. And I agree, which why I am I must reveal the results of my recent researches for you: * Corriere della Sera, Italy’s best selling daily newpaper, reported on Monday, the day the pope resigned, that the chief executive of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) had meetings with Monte Paschi’s, the Italian bank at the centre of  a nine billion euro scandal. * Corriere della Sera listed sets of numbers it said identified IOR (the official Vatican bank) accounts used to transmit funds to Monte Paschi, which played a part in the downfall of the bank. Italian prosecutors are looking into the allegations of bribery. * Three days after the pope’s resignation Italian police arrested the former head of Monte dei Paschi’s finance department. This is the man at the centre of the alleged fraud and bribery at Italy’s third largest bank. * Prosecutors in Sienna, involved in this case have requested to speak to Emilio Botin, one of Europe’s most senior banking figures, the previous chairman of Spain’s Santander. * About 40 million euros was seized last week as part of the investigation. My gut feel on these events is that the pontiff was tipped off about the investigations that were dragging the Vatican bank into a scandal that had been tipped to reignite the eurozone crisis. My guess is that his wishes, for major change and a clean out at the IOR, had been resisted by the officials involved and that he resigned in protest. This is my informed guess. Cicero was right in 43BC when he said, in a speech in the Senate in Rome, “The sinews of war are unlimited money.” If you wish to read my take on what may be coming, a divine intervention or a human conspiracy, you can buy:  The Istanbul Puzzle & The Jerusalem Puzzle. The release date for The Manhattan Puzzle, the next novel  in the series, has now being brought forward. In The Manhattan Puzzle...

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A serious puzzle for the Catholic church

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Historical Puzzles

Pope Benedict resigning is a serious puzzle. Paul Poupard, a French cardinal,  told Le Figaro, the leading French newspaper, that he knew from the very first words of the speech that Pope Benedict was leaving. “I understood from the very first words and I said ‘My God’,” Cardinal Poupard, is reported to have said in Le Figaro. Cardinal Paul Joseph Jean Poupard has been a cardinal since 1985. Cardinal Poupard has made it clear that he was “in the know” regarding yesterday’s events. It is highly likely that others knew what was about to be announced too. It has also been reported today that the pope had the battery replaced in his pacemaker a few months ago and that he has no specific illness. This move by the pope is more than likely the result of persuasion. Please keep in mind these facts: * This is not the first Pope Benedict – the last one was an Anti-pope, known for his oppressive laws against the Jews. * The last pope to step down was Celestine V. Celestine was born in 1215. He was a Benedictine monk. He was imprisoned by his successor and died ten months later. Some say he was murdered. * Celestine wasn’t the first pope to abdicate. John XVIII retired to a monastery in 1009 and died shortly afterwards. * Benedict IX, who was said to have had gay orgies in his palace, was paid to resign the papacy in 1045. St. Peter Damian called him a “demon from hell in the disguise of a priest.” Pope Victor III wrote of Benedict IX as having a “life as a pope so vile, so foul, so execrable, that I shudder to think of it.” * In 1415 Gregory XII was persuaded to step down to end the schism between Rome and the rival papacy in Avignon. There is something going on that we don’t know about. Whether this is a to do with Joseph Ratzinger’s public opposition to homosexuality, his championing of the European Union’s Christian roots and opposition to abortion or something else we are unlikely to be told any time soon. Some say St. Malachy predicted all this. Malachy was an Irish saint and the archbishop of Armagh, who lived from 1094 to 1148. Malachy described the penultimate pope, as “Gloria Olivae,” or “Glory of the Olive.” Pope Benedict XVI was not a Benedictine priest, but he chose the name of Benedict, the founder of the Order of Saint Benedict,  also known as the Olivetans. The olive branch is part of the symbol of the Benedictine order. Malachy prophesised that the last pope would be Peter the Roman: “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.” Whether you believe that the end of days is...

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The 5th Puzzle: Why Are the Treasures of Istanbul Unknown?

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Historical Puzzles

When I was growing up I heard nothing about the beauty and wonders of Istanbul. I heard a lot about the wonders of Paris and Rome, but nothing positive about Istanbul. And I am a voracious reader of newspapers and magazines. Istanbul was the city of Midnight Express, a one-sided depiction of pure violence, and occasionally a political story would appear about a coup or a new government. Imagine my surprise when I went to Istanbul to discover: 1. A museum that was the largest cathedral in Christendom for a thousand years, Hagia Sophia, which displays many of most important Byzantine artworks and mosaics ever created. This building influenced mosques everywhere and inspired millions. This is simply one the most important buildings in the world. Everyone should see this. 2. A palace, Topkapi, containinig Moses’ rod, original harem buildings, a treasury containing an 86-carat pear-shaped diamond, perhaps the most beautiful in the world, priceless art and artifacts and a view over the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn that thousands died for their masters to possess. 3. A Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, a vision of ages past, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world dating from early Ottoman times. The list goes on too, the remains of a Roman Hippodrome, gigantic fortified Byzantine city walls and palaces, and mosques that are as beautiful as any in the world. The views everywhere in the city make Istanbul perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful in the world. So why have all these treasures been ignored, and why do we rarely see mention of the beauty of Istanbul anywhere? Is it simply that many people just haven’t been there? I believe so. And I hope you enjoy Istanbul as much as I do if you go there. Before you go though, one last treasure must be mentioned. The vast majority of Istanbulers are among the friendliest and kindest people in the world. Perhaps they are its greatest treasure. To go to the 6th puzzle click...

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