Pope Francis is only the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple.
Pope Francis changed his schedule at the last minute earlier today to visit a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka’s capital where relics were being put on display.
The opening of a casket containing relics of disciples of the Buddha is a key event in the Buddhist calendar. People line up for days to pay homage to the relics.
A Vatican spokesman said the Pope did not pray during his visit but listened respectfully while monks chanted.
Banagala Upatissa, head monk at the Agrashravaka temple, told the Associated Press that allowing the Pope to witness the event was “the highest honour and respect we can offer to His Holiness”.
Pope Francis is the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple. St John Paul II became the first to do so during his trip to Thailand in 1984.
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Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the visit was brief. “There was not a time of silence in this sense,” he told reporters, referring to prayer. “I can only say the Pope was listening with great respect, and listening also to the prayer of the monk showing the relics and this was all”.
Lets look at the Christianized images of Juntei Kannon (Mother of All Deities). In Japan, she was transformed into Mary Kannon. Still holding the baby Buddha in her arms.
Source: The Catholic Herald, UK.
You do not have to believe in Catholicism to see that this Pope is not even a Roman Catholic. He is the promoter of the One World religion.
Even in Catholicism, it is branded a sin to indulge in worship of other gods, that the god presented in the mass. Whatever it is, Buddha is not included in the Eucharist.
The present Pope suddenly changed his plans during his visit to Sri Lanka. He must have been told by the spirit within his soul, to go and honor the head of the Buddhists. The Pope claim he did not pray while the monks where chanting. Still he stood in reverence, when the chief priest told the Pope to honor the relics of two Buddhist saints.
Buddha is supposed to have lived around 500 B.C.
What do Jesus the Messiah say about such supposed to be gods and dieties?
Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.
For all who follow this blog, let there be no doubt. The mother of the Pope, is called “the mother of god”. But before 431 A.D, then “Catholic Mary” was presented as the “Queen of Heaven”, this deity was known as “the mother of gods”. She reigned over all the pagans in the Roman Empire, and was also the mother of Buddha.
|Pope Francis (L) wears a saffron-coloured robe as he attends the Interreligious Encounter at the Bmich in Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 13, 2015.|
Since the Pope is the successor of the Roman Emperor, the Potifex Maximus, the high priest of the pantheon of gods, he will surley honor both “Christ” and Buddha. This is yet another example of the Pontiff being a lawless man of sin. An antichrist in the flesh.
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Evangelicals, Muslims, and indigenous Filipinos, grateful for the pope's visit
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Before he left, Pope Francis met with the parents of the volunteer who died in Tacloban. Evangelical leader Eddie Villanueva urged the members of his church to attend the meetings with the pope. Muslim and indigenous leaders ask the pope for his help in peace talks in Mindanao.
Manila (AsiaNews) - As Pope Francis travels home to the Vatican, his visit to the Philippines elicits a growing number of favourable comments from various sources, not only from Catholics, but also from Evangelicals, Muslims and indigenous groups.
Pope Francis left the Filipino capital this morning. Yesterday he led a record-breaking Mass before a gathering of some seven million people, a figure officially confirmed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
Overall, the historic event was handled with efficiency, precision and safety. There were no incidents or accidents despite the sea of humanity that came to hear the pope. The one sad exception was the death of Kristel Mae Padasas, a volunteer who was killed in Tacloban by a falling scaffold at the beginning of the meeting between Francis and typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Yesterday, the pope met with Kristel's parents at the Nunciature in Manila. The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. Card Luis Antonio Tagle and Vatican Press Office director Fr Federico Lombardi were present.
Fr Lombardi said that the young woman's father was deeply upset by the death of his only daughter, but comforted by the fact that her death was not meaningless since she worked on preparing the pope's visit to the Philippines.
Speaking about the visit, Evangelical leader Eddie Villanueva had nothing but good words for Pope Francis. Ahead of the event, the clergyman had urged the members of his Jesus Is Lord Church to join other Christians in meeting with the pontiff.
Villanueva described the pontiff's trip as a historical event that affects not only the Catholic Church, but also all those who truly pursue world peace.
Peace also dominated the reaction of Muslim religious leaders who positively assessed the pope's visit.
In Mindanao, the Philippines' southernmost island, where the autonomous province of Bangsamoro is soon to be created, several Muslim religious leaders praised the pope's calls for peace, dialogue and protection for the land and its natural resources, often plundered by multinational companies.
Some religious leaders associated with the National Democratic Front (NDF), a group that defends the rights of indigenous people, asked the pope to "bless the effort of Muslims and Christian peacemakers who have struggled together for peace" and to "pray with us that those who embrace the darkness and profit from armed conflict rather than from peace not steal this peace from us."
In a similar vein, Rev Ephraim S Fajutagana, president of the National Council of Churches, called on Pope Francis to ask the government and the NDF to get back to the negotiating table for a "lasting peace in our country."
|Miao Jing of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist association arrives at Santo Tomas University in Manila, Jan. 18, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA|
One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Pope Francis
“We see that the pope has brought a blessing and also unity,” said Ven. Miao Jing of the Buddhist Fo Guang Shan community.
“We want to bring about a sincere form of dialogue,” she told CNA during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.
Miao herself did not meet with the Pope. However, a leader of her community, Ven. Chueh Pei, came from Argentina to help represent the Buddhist community. Miao explained that the Vatican and Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle had invited them to an inter-religious meeting with the Pope.
The nun said they planned to invite the Pope to visit the Buddhist community.
“Since the Pope has been traveling around the world, especially for the last few months, we sincerely and humbly request that the Pope meet us,” she said, adding that “the Buddhists are very excited to see the Pope.”
Miao lauded and thanked the Pope for “bringing people together, especially with different backgrounds, religions, cultures, traditions.”
“We see how the world is moving into the future, and we always see hope, especially for people with faith.”
COMPARE WITH ANTI-CHRIST POPE JOHN PAUL II
|Oct. 27, 1986, pope John Paul II prayed with over 100 different religious leaders|
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the pagan Buddhist religion. He also claims to be a god. John Paul II repeatedly praised the false religion of Buddhism.
POPE John Paul II meeting with his good friend, the Dalai Lama
Pope John Paul II venerating the monument of the Hindu GhandiIn March of 1986, John Paul II went to New Delhi, India, the place where the Hindu Mahatma Ghandi was incinerated. John Paul II took off his shoes before this monument and stated: “Today as a pilgrim of peace, I have come here to pay homage to Mahatma Ghandi, hero of humanity.” (Insegnamenti di Giovanni Paolo II, 1986,1)
pope John Paul II receiving the mark of the adorers of the Hindu god Shiva
Here we see pope John Paul II in the Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, May 10, 1984. Just prior to going to the temple, pope John Paul II expressed how anxious he was “to meet his holiness, the supreme patriarch [Buddhist] in the temple.”
pope John Paul II in the Buddhist Temple
Antipope John Paul II meeting with Voodoo Worshippers, 1986
pope John Paul II meeting with Voodoo Worshippers, 1993
In Cotonou, Africa on Feb. 4, 1993, chanting girls treated John Paul II to a “trance inducing” Voodoo dance.
pope John Paul II’s Apostate Prayer Meeting in 1999