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This is never my opinion, knowledge or imagination.

I was inspired by the Holy Spirit for believers all over the world to see the atrocities that the Papacy had been committing all these years, to turn the minds of believers from the truth about the antichrist or the number 666, so that believers will be arguing and counter one another thereby taking the prophecy of God in the book of Daniel 7.25 and sin against the Almighty God, His deception, his blasphemous words, his destructive ways of putting himself in the place of God.In the Temple of God, making himself A VICAR of God or even putting himself as God on earth to be worshiped. How Satan his master had been using him to go against the God his creator.
Though he couldn’t have been able to do these things unless God allowed it before the foundation of the world. And the Almighty God had prophesied that this thing will happen in the book of Daniel 7.25. God said in the book of

The book of Daniel 7.25.inspired by the Holy Spirit

This passage in the bible is most misinterpreted, and very undermined. This the very passage in the whole bible that explain the actions of the hateful Satan, how he work through his victims like the Papacy according to the prophecy of God in the book of Daniel 7.25. which outlined the exact words of God which described the actions of the Papacy, who he was, what he will do and his beastly attitude and explained his character. Churches please read it with the power of the Holy Spirit. Every prediction of God about this heartless, lawless man. His hatred for God and the people of God, started from heaven. He wanted to be like God or even higher than his creator God Almighty. God set him parking and brought him down to earth. And from Genesis, when he beguiled Eve and Adam. He used his subtle approach when he used Herod to destroy baby Jesus, in which he failed woefully, and thereby turned to the killing of innocent children. Then in wilderness, he even tried and tempted our Lord Jesus Christ, again failed. He used the leaders of the Jews and the Roman leaders to crucify Jesus Christ not knowing that he was fulfilled, he prophecy of God for redemption of mankind. For those who fall victim was the Papacy and still in the influence of Satan. All the popes are infallible, they are Holy father’s, they made dead bodies into sainthood. They even had the audacity to say that Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus and is queen of heaven. But who among the Popes had gone to heaven and crowned Mary as queen of heaven. The papacy made Mary “ the immaculate heart of art to pray for them and intercede for them contrary to God’s words that says the only intercessor in heaven is Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. The messages that

By the power of the Holy Spirit given to me by the Almighty God, I say that:

There are four stages to the above verse.Daniel 7.25

1. And he ( The Papacy of Rome) shall speak great words against the Most High ( God ) the Papacy is addressed as ( his excellency ) his holiness, he is called the representative of God, he is called Vicar ( according to the dictionary, Vicar is a representative, deputy or substitute to be worshipped, anyone acting “in the person of” or agent for a superior. Linguistically, vicar is cognate with the English prefix “vice”, similarly meaning “deputy”. something to worship) that is he is a representative of God. This a blasphemy of the first degree, who on earth can represent the Almighty God? He is infallible, he excommunicated many from the church that oppose his fake doctrine like bowing before the statue of Mary, or the hand-made cross or crucifix, and praying to her (Mary) to intercede for them in complete violation to God’s words ( Jesus Christ is the only one who can intercede for all His forevermore believers or saints as the bible says 1st John 2.1 The Papacy even said that Jesus Christ and Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ are co creators of heaven and earth. Who among the leaders of the world fit into these abominations except the Papacy alone. The criteria of the Papacy is exactly as God predicated thousands of years ago. The Papacy gave authorities to the priests to forgive sins and to give absolution to their congregation. What is (ABSOLUTION) The dictionary’s meaning of it is: absolution
absəˈluːʃ(ə)n/Submit
noun
formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment.
“absolution from the sentence”
synonyms: forgiveness, pardoning, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, purgation, clemency, mercy; More
ecclesiastical declaration that a person’s sins have been forgiven.
“she had been granted absolution for her sins” The Papacy says there is a place Purgatory: the dictionary meaning purgatory
ˈpəːɡət(ə)ri/Submit
noun
1.
(in Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven.
“all her sins were forgiven and she would not need to go to Purgatory”
adjectivearchaic
1.
having the quality of cleansing or purifying.
“infernal punishments are purgatory and medicinal”
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Definition of purgatory. plural purgatories. 1 : an intermediate state after death for expiatory purification; specifically : a place or state of punishment wherein according to Roman Catholic doctrine the souls of those who die in God’s grace may make satisfaction for past sins and so become fit for heaven. In the catholic doctrine, every priest a a reverend Father which God commanded that we should not call anyone father.

don’t want to go to the nitty-gritty of Sunday worship that the resurrection of Christ and that the apostles breaking of bread daily has changed the Saturday to Sunday. For those who took this view, please think again and let the Holy Spirit of God fill your hearts in Christ name amen
The Papacy appoints priests, Bishops, Cardinals. None of these posts are the calling of God. But they are hand-picked from the people they think have done good works.

THE ROLE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS AND ARCHBISHOPS

In the Catholic Church, archbishops and bishops rank below cardinals. Becoming a bishop is the third and fullest level of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The first level is the ordination of a deacon, the second is the ordination of a priest, and the third is the ordination of a bishop. A bishop who moves to the level of cardinal isn’t ordained, but handpicked by the pope, who also appoints bishops.

A bishop oversees a diocese, which is a collection of local parishes; and an archbishop administers an archdiocese, which is just a really large diocese. (Denver, Hartford, Omaha, Miami, Newark, St. Louis, and San Francisco are examples of archdiocese.)

You can think of a local parish like a town or city, and the local pastor — a priest — is like the mayor. The diocese is like a state or province, and the bishop is like the governor. An archdiocese is like a very populous state — California or Texas, perhaps. (The pope is like the prime minister, or President governing the entire nations, except that in this case, the nations is really the entire world.)

Each bishop must make a visit to the Holy Father every five years and give a report on his particular diocese. The bishops within an entire country or nation get together at least once a year in a gathering known as an episcopal conference.

The rest of the time, the bishop goes around the diocese performing the sacraments of Confirmation ( which was introduced by the Papacy against the word of God) and Holy Orders. (Only bishops have the authority to administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders whereby men are ordained deacons, priests, or bishops.) Bishops make visits to the parishes and chair numerous meetings with their staff. The priests are forbidden to marry. Also the Papacy introduced sisterhoods for women not to marry and their leader is called Reverend Mother. Her role is to see to the affairs of the convent where these Papacy made nuns or reverend sisters
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Each individual bishop has his own authority to run the diocese. He’s not an ambassador of the pope but governs the local diocese as an authentic successor of the apostles, just as the pope governs the universal Church as the successor of St. Peter.

Readers, you can see now that this explanations are coming nearer to the antichrist with the above self-imposed and blasphemous names attributed to this cursed man, Please read on and see more about this lawless man

My little children, these things right I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate (intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for com.superapps.browser.edittext.FirstStyleEditText{7a02c8f VFED..CL. .F…… 42,195-1172,262 #com.superapps.browser.edittext.FirstStyleEditText{9c7b1eb VFED..CL. .F…… 42,195-1172,262 #7f0a0275 app:id/dialog_message_value} app:id/dialog_message_value} only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2 –
Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, he ( the Papacy) made the same Mary queen of heavens ( How did the Papacy get the idea of making Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ “queen of heaven, “ did anyone in the Roman Catholic been to heaven to do this crowning or how? This can only be false and antichrist to God Almighty, this is blasphemy of the highest degree, how can a mere man on earth give somebody in heavens a title in violation to God’s words. This action of the Papacy is against the word of God) He canonised dead bodies to sainthood, ( the bible make us to know that a believer in Jesus Christ wholeheartedly becomes a saint by the blood of Christ that she or he has believed, or has accepted in truth, no other way) the Papacy introduced the wearing of relics ( the bones or anything that belongs to the dead person.) he lives in the Vatican as the supreme leader of all Roman Catholic Church. This Vatican does not belong to any government.

The Vatican is in the middle of Rome Capital of Italy, which is in the middle of Italy, which is in the middle of Western (!) Europe.
European airport security is very tight, Rome is filled with policemen and Vatican has its own army, the Swiss Guard. Vatican City has two official languages, Italian and Latin. Latin, a dead language, would be impractical for daily usage, so the day-to-day language used in (the smallest sovereign state in the world) is Italian., it doesn’t belong to the government of Rome the capital of Italy, it’s called the smallest city, or town, state, or country or even a continent in the world, up till now they are not more than 900 inhabitants. Has his own government, it’s own moneys, his own press, every pope wears a ring or signet bearing his name, status, his number and his image, time of his com.superapps.browser.edittext.FirstStyleEditText{85dd044 VFED..CL. .F…… 42,195-1172,262 #com.superapps.browser.edittext.FirstStyleEditText{de95f43 VFED..CL. .F…… 42,195-1172,262 #7f0a0275 app:id/dialog_message_value} app:id/dialog_message_value}, to differentiates him from the former pope or the one after him, remember the book of revelation 13. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads, that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. ( hands are used for everything we do in our lives especially to raise our hands to worship God and forehead or frontlets is our thoughts, were everything we think comes from.
Revelation 13:16-17 – which he uses to sign all authentic documents and many ignorant people kiss this ring as a symbol of his authority, yet he rules almost the world. He is a religious and a political leader. He is addressed as Holy Father. He is infallible. He said the wafers and the wine made by human beings are exactly the flesh of Jesus Christ and the wine is the exact blood of Jesus Christ when they lift them up during their mass or their congregation. Does the this rings bell to you. 1st Corinthians 11.20-34 says: When ye therefore come together into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For in eating, every one taketh his own supper ahead of another, and one is hungry and another is drunken. What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God, and shame those who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not! For I have received from the Lord that which also I delivered unto you: that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner also He took the cup when He had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death until He come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and then let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home, that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
1 Corinthians 11:20-34 –
The papacy is of so great dignity and highly exalted above all men or mankind that he is not a mere man but as God on earth.

Do the above tell you that the antichrist is nothing but the Papacy and all his followers all over the world

2. And shall wear( Persecution) out the saints of the Most High
and shall wear out the saints of the most High; by his wars with them, and murders and massacres of them; by taking away their lives and their substance; so lessening their numbers, and weakening their strength and power, wear them out, as a garment is wore out, as the word (q) signifies; utterly consume and destroy them, at least in his own apprehensions; which will be the case when the witnesses will be slain,and especially will wear out their patience, or however thoroughly exercise it. This action of the Papacy to afflict and handle roughly handled the saints of the Most High God who refused to do his doctrine, his false teachings like not eating meat on Fridays, bowing down before a handmade crucifix, making the sign of the cross by touching your forehead, shoulders before the statues of Christ, Mary or the papacy made saints and such usage the saints have met with, more or less, in all ages, from the man of sin, the antichrist. Also the attending of mass on Sunday the 6th day of the week. The observing of Corpus Christi, is a feast of the Roman Catholic Church ( not according as was laid down by Christ)
In the true saints of Christ rejection of praying to Mary, or the Papacy made saints, for help. In their rejection of Ash Wednesday or the Papacy’s holy days for dead bodies.

3. He will think to change times and laws of God.

The times were changed by the Julian calendar but the Gregorian calendar made amends to it by adding the Ten day’s that Julian calendar dropped from the calendar: when the Julian calendar in 1582 was corrected by the Pope Gregory Leon as Gregorian calendar.These Popes played God in changing land Thinkstock to adding to God’s time or taking from it. This has never had any effect on the bible calendar. The week in use at the time of Christ is exactly the same as what we use in our calendar today, nothing lost whatsoever. Our Sunday is still the same that God named for His creation 1st day of the week is Sunday. The Saturday is still the seventh day. One might go further to say what about the different times or distance of Countries like America and other countries, the answer is every country has Saturday or Sunday.
That is why God the creator of days, months and years Genesis 1. 14, And. God said Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be. for signs, and. for seasons and for days, and years. That is exactly why God’s feats days are fixed, and New year fixed and the Sabbath as well . God is not a God of confusion, Every God did was accurate, perfect and must be obeyed till eternity It has come the point now as Paul the apostle said in the second epistle to the Thessalonians 2.3. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, “except there come a falling away first,” and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ( the antichrist)
This is the revival that the churches are praying for and some did not belong.
This revival will be mainly for the churches all over the world, when real believers in Jesus Christ will come back to accept the commandments, the feats, and the New Year of God which He had ordained to set His saints apart from the world before the foundation of the world.

The Papacy is of so great authority and power that he has been authorised by the Almighty God to modify, explain, interpret even divine laws. In the Catholic catechism, the divine law of God was completely taken out, the tenth commandments was divided into two, and more surprisingly, the fourth Commandments ( God’s 7th day Sabbath) was changed to 6th day in violation to God’s words in Leviticus 23. 14.

4. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

The worship on the 6th day of the week. That is what the given into his hand meant. First let the bible explain its self: in the book of Daniel, when King Nebuchadnezzar was deposed until seven times passed over him Daniel 4.25, this was a period of seven years. In prophetic reckoning, there are thirty days to the months or 360 days for one year. Therefore three and one half times would be 1260 days the time of the supremacy of the Papacy just as God predicted and did not at any time finish, though He was taken by the French army under the leadership of Berthier who entered Rome in 1798 February 10. But the legacy, doctrine, or decree that he introduced the 6th day worship continues to our own time.And anyone whoever he or she is and is worshiping on the 6th day of the week has accepted the decree of the Papacy. ( this the given into his hand meant) This also is in violation of God’s words and His authorities. In John 24.15 Jesus says If ye love Me or ( have access Me) keep My Commandments. Where is the love to Him that died and shed His precious blood for the remission of our sins if we do not keep His words. It doesn’t matter how any believer in Christ paint the 6th day of the week, it is in disobedient to God. There is whatsoever no legalistic thing in obedience to the 7 th day Sabbath of God, no rituals attached to, no killing of animals. His feasts days or His New year that He had planned, patterned and purposed before the foundation of the world, the both gentiles believers or of the Israelis believers. Jesus Christ is the Almighty God who left His glory (the Holy Spirit, who is permanent on His throne, whom mankind can not see with their naked eyes. Even John who wrote the gospel of John, the epistles and the book of revelation did not see any Spirit in the heavens of heavens when he was translated there. The Holy Spirit is the source of all the things that are in the bible, He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. He knew that we are going to violate 7th day Sabbaths, therefore He said “Remember” to keep the Sabbath holy. ( set apart) These are to “set apart”His saints from the wicked world that we are in John 17. 14. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because “they are not of the world” even as I am not of the world. Believers in Christ has not grasped the intensity, the significance, the depth, the impact, the greatness of the why that God had for His believers to set them apart and the purpose of God’s commandments, His feasts days and His New year which are mandatory, symbolic to God and God alone and how He loved us beyond any human knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
Look at electronics gadgets that we human beings were making by the wisdom of God. The same electricity work for the fans, kettles, microwaves, cookers, televisions, radio stations, vacuum cleaner, laptops, food products, sewing machine, fridge, freezers, phones just to name few. One source of electricity but unlimited uses. How much more the God that gives this wise to people Exodus 32. 1 -6
And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and in understanding and in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship, to devise skillful works: to work in gold and in silver and in brass, and in cutting of stones to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee:Exodus 31:1-6
Just remember what CHRIST went through to set us free from the sin that Satanism brought to the world because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Again what will not do to the highest honour that was bestowed on Christians for a set apart He made us.
We celebrate the feasts of the world, which will perish and limited to the world. But obedience to the one and only God we say is only for the Jews. Read what Jesus said concerning Gentiles believers in Christ John 17. 20, Neither pray I for these alone, but for “them” ( Gentiles believers in Christ) also which shall believe on Me through “ their” Jews or the apostles, disciples of Christ word. I repeat it, Jesus said, Neither pray I for these alone but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word. When it come to making a decision on very important issues, Christianity is individual. Also Jesus said at the name of Jesus Christ “ every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God.
Churches is it the man above you want to obey on Sundays when you worship him for he knowingly, deceitfully, wickedly, changed the Lords day, the 7th day Sabbath to 6th day which is Sunday.
Think think think think and think with the Holy Spirit of God.

I was inspired by the Holy Spirit for believers all over the world to see the atrocities that the Papacy had been committing all these years, to turn the minds of believers from the truth about the antichrist or the number 666, so that believers will be arguing and counter one another thereby taking the prophecy of God in the book of Daniel 7.25 and sin against the Almighty God, His deception, his blasphemous words, his destructive ways of putting himself in the place of God.In the Temple of God, making himself A VICAR of God or even putting himself as God on earth to be worshiped. How Satan his master had been using him to go against the God his creator.
Though he couldn’t have been able to do these things unless God allowed it before the foundation of the world. And the Almighty God had prophesied that this thing will happen in the book of Daniel 7.25. God said in the book of

Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

So the Papacy has used the power given to him by God contrary to the word of God beyond any human imagination This is what Jesus said to Pilate in the gospel of John 19. 9-11.
And he went again into the judgment hall and said unto Jesus, “From whence art thou?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Then said Pilate unto Him, “Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?” Jesus answered, “Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, unless it were given thee from above. Therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin.”

This is the truth. Jesus Christ said “

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”

Meditate on it, think deeply and ask for the maximum power of the Holy Spirit that God can give to a human beings,on the truth you have got in you about the truth of God’s words, His working power and God being the all power which our head knowledge, human imaginations, wisdom can’t be equal. God is beyond human reasoning, you have to be filled with His Holy Spirit to understand God. John 14.26. But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit whom the father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Think back to the time of the apostles, they lived with Him for three and a half years yet they did not believe all the things that He thought them, until He empowered them with the Holy Spirit.

Churches, let get down to the truth about this wicked man the antichrist and leave the nitty-gritty of deception that had blinded the believers all over the world and stop the fake theories of computers, bar- codes, implants of number 666 on someone’s right hand or foreheads and come to the truth of God’s ordained prophecy about this lawless man, head of the fake church, a politician and the one that made himself the ruler of the whole world by subtle and the manipulative ways in trying to make all the world leaders to worshiping or give him a first class respect, this head of the Roman Catholic Churches all over the word. This Roman Catholic Church is now removing the word ( ROMAN) from their original name in order to fool people. Jesus said you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. Whatever the churches have done or are doing had been predicted by God Himself and that is why He said judgement will begin at. His own house ( the churches)
We believers have forgotten that the word of God that says: 1. Deuteronomy 29.14,15; John 10.16; Isaiah 42.6;Acts 2.39. Luke 2.32; Acts 10.45; 13.47; Galatians Acts 3.14; We believers can’t separate ourselves from the Jews that accept Jesus Christ as well.
Many Christians assumed that the Ten Commandments of God started with the Israelis on the mount of Sinai. How shortsighted are these Christians. In the garden of Eden, God commanded Adam and Eve saying:

16 And the LORD God (commanded) the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden (thou )mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, (thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof (thou )shalt surely die.
This where the commandment of God started. But then who will get the blame but Satan and he manipulated the word of God and the saints of God, which did to his own destruction.

Churches is this the man you want to obey in worshiping on Sunday or the facts that the Almighty God, your creator, Your redeemer, creator of heavens and earth who for His unsearchable love had made you (believers in Jesus Christ) A “SET APART” and also set apart a day for you to honour Him, to come to the realisation that we believes are God’s property

Please read below the abominations of the Papacy

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The rituals in the election of all Popes

The smoke that comes out from the chimney of the Vatican either white or black to tell their followers is done with the help of chemicals and is not magical or spiritual at all. The oath that the popes take is forever hidden and has nothing to do with God.

Vatican conclave rules and rituals
Cardinals, in red, attend a Mass for the election of a new pope celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, figure at the center of the stage
Picture: AP

6:05PM GMT 12 Mar 2013
The election of a pope follows a series of choreographed rules and rituals that have been tweaked over the centuries – ever since the term “conclave” or “with a key” was used in the 13th century to describe the process of locking up the cardinals until they have chosen a new pope. ( This actions are not done by the power of the Holy Spirit of God)

Here are the rules in use to elect Benedict XVI’s successor, the 266th pope:

Who votes?

Only cardinals under age 80 are eligible. In this case 115 men fit the bill and will vote. Two cardinals who were eligible stayed home: The emeritus archbishop of Jakarta, Cardinal Julius Darmaatjadja, who is ill, and Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who recused himself after admitting to inappropriate sexual behavior.

What is the ritual?

A cardinal places his hands on the Gospel to ‘promise pledge and swear’ to keep the oath of secrecy (AP)

The conclave’s first day begins with the “Pro eligendo Romano Pontificie” Mass for the election of a pope. In the afternoon, cardinals gather in the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace and file into the Sistine Chapel chanting the Litany of Saints and the Latin hymn “Veni Creator,” imploring saints and the Holy Spirit to help them pick a pope.
It is an abomination to equal or implore the dead saints and the Holy Spirit of God, who is God John 4.24, God is a Spirit, those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.
The word of God condemned praying to saints or worshipping angels Revelation 19.10, And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.
Verse 9. And he said unto me, write, blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.
Revelation 22.8. And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things
Verse 9. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God
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Standing under Michelangelo’s “Creation” and before his “Last Judgment,” each cardinal places his hand on a book of the Gospels and pledges “with the greatest fidelity” never to reveal the details of the conclave. A meditation on the qualities needed for the next pope and the challenges ahead for the church is delivered by Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech.

The master of liturgical celebrations then cries “Extra omnes,” Latin for “all out.” Everyone except the cardinals leaves and the voting can begin.

How do they vote?

Each cardinal writes his choice on a paper inscribed with the words “Eligo in summen pontificem,” or “I elect as Supreme Pontiff”. They approach the altar one by one and say: “I call as my witness, Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who, before God, I think should be elected”.

The folded ballot is placed on a round plate and slid into an oval silver and gold urn. In the past, a single chalice was used to hold the ballots.

But conclave changes made by Pope John Paul II in 1996 required three vessels: one for chapel ballots, another for ailing cardinals at the Vatican who can vote from their beds and the third to hold the ballots after counting.

No cardinals are expected to require the bedside voting, but all three flying saucer-shaped urns were in the Sistine Chapel regardless.

The ballots are then bound together with a needle and thread – each pierced through the word “Eligo” – and burned in the chapel stove along with a chemical to produce either black or white smoke.

Up to four rounds of voting are allowed each day after the first day, and a two-thirds majority – 77 votes – is needed.

If no one is elected after three days – by Friday afternoon – voting pauses for up to one day. Voting resumes and if no pope is elected after another seven ballots, there is another pause, and so on until about 12 days of balloting have passed.

Under norms introduced by Benedict XVI just before he resigned, the cardinals then go to a runoff of the top two vote-getters. A two-thirds majority is required; neither of the two top candidates casts a ballot in the runoff.

What happens once the Pope is elected?

The stoves in the Sistine chapel
The stoves of the Sistine chapel chimney (AFP)

Once a cardinal has been elected pope, the master of liturgical ceremonies enters the Sistine Chapel and the senior cardinal asks “Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?”

Assuming the cardinal says “I accept,” the senior cardinal then asks: “By what name do you wish to be called?”

The master of liturgical ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini, then enters the information on a formal document.

At this point, white smoke pours out of the Sistine Chapel chimney and bells of St. Peters toll.

The new pope then changes into his papal white cassock, and one-by-one the cardinals approach him to swear their obedience.

In a change for this conclave, the new pope will stop and pray in the Pauline Chapel for a few minutes before emerging on the loggia of the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Preceding him to the balcony is French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the protodeacon, who announces “Habemus Papam!” Latin for “We have a pope” and then introduces him to the world in Latin.

The new pope then emerges and delivers his first public words as pope.

Famous first words

Pope John Paul II charmed the crowd of thousands on Oct 16, 1978 when he first emerged on the loggia, no easy task given his predecessor had only lived as pope for 33 days and Karol Wojtyla was the first non-Italian elected in 455 years.

Noting that he came from a far-away land – Poland – he told the crowd that he would speak in their (“our”) language.

“If I make a mistake, you will correct me,” he said to cheers.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI offered a similarly modest gesture on April 19, 2005, telling the crowd he was but a simple “humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”

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– Emily Thomsen

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