Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he drives around St Peter’s Square on March 27, in Vatican City, Vatican. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he drives around St Peter’s Square on March 27, in Vatican City, Vatican.
(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Restoring Europe’s Latin Empire

For the first time in history, the pope hails from Latin America. The religious bonds with Europe are long and deep. What will happen when they are revived?
 

To grasp why Pope Francis’s election is significant historically and prophetically, we must see the political thread.

The Vatican is more than just the headquarters of a religion. It is a political power. British political economist Rodney Atkinson placed it in its true historical perspective when he recently wrote, “Imperial politics rather than the religion of the Roman Catholic Church has been its critical characteristic.” Even more than Roman Catholicism itself, the Vatican’s chief characteristic throughout its centuries of operations has been political maneuvering—geopolitical machinations involving empires.

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