Two Popes and the End Times

Here is my latest article for Aleteia which discusses Pope Francis’ reference to R.H.Benson’s The Lord of the World and touches on two of Bl. Pope John Paul II’s sayings about the struggle between Satan and the church in the end times.

Pope Francis says,

“The people of God prefer to distance themselves from the Lord in favour of worldly proposals. … Worldliness is the root of evil, and it can lead us to abandon our traditions and negotiate our loyalty to God, who is always faithful. This is called apostasy, which he said is a form of ‘adultery’ that takes place when we negotiate the essence of our being: loyalty to the Lord.”

and Bl. Pope John Paul II said,

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think the wide circle of the American Society, or the wide circle of the Christian community realizes this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist.”

Read the whole article here.