Pope Francis and the United Religions Initiative
By Cornelia R. Ferreira
What was so important about this group that the future Pope Francis wanted to celebrate their anniversary in his cathedral?
To answer this question we start with the goal of Freemasonry: a New World Order, a pantheistic global community, comprising a one-world government and one-world religion or church. By definition, a pantheistic world community must have a unified religion; whilst uniting people under one religion helps them to peacefully accept world government. New Age spokesman Robert Muller, a former UN Assistant Secretary-General, forecast that by 2013, “based on the common spirituality,” we should have entered “a new age of … all-encompassing synthesis”.
In 1919, New Age leader and occultist Alice Bailey, in her book, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, revealed the plan for a “Church Universal,” described as a union of occultism, Masonry and Christianity, whose “definite outlines will appear towards the close of this century.”
Well, this “Church Universal” or one-world church, in the making for over 150 years, materialized in June 1997 as the United Religions Organization. Chief partners in its establishment were Bishop Swing; the Communist Gorbachev Foundation/USA; and the syncretic World Conference on Religion and Peace, known today as Religions for Peace. Also associated were the British World Congress of Faiths and its American counterpart, the Temple of Understanding.
In 1996, Bishop Swing called the process of forming the United Religions “The United Religions Initiative 2000,” the “initiative” being the “scaffolding upon which others can stand to build a permanent structure [the UR]”. This transitional name, the United Religions Initiative (URI), is still being used, although the one-world church became functional in 2000; but calling it the United Religions Initiative allows it to pose as merely another interfaith organization, rather than the institutionalized world religion.
The UR is a United Nations project. It was heralded in June 1995 by Bishop Swing at the occult, earth-worshipping interfaith service he was invited to conduct for the UN, honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. Attending the service in San Francisco’s Episcopal Grace Cathedral were political luminaries and representatives of all religions, including Britain’s Princess Margaret, Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Polish President Lech Walesa, UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Archbishop Renato Martino (Vatican nuncio to the UN), and Archbishop John Quinn of San Francisco.
The UR is meant to be for religions what the UN is for nations. Its purpose is to be the world religious authority, “a UN for religion” in order to foster peace. Delegates to its charter-writing summit in 1997 considered they had given birth to a “movement as well as a spiritual institution”. “[T]ell the people that there is a United Religions,” said Swing. It will shine “the light of the world’s spiritual traditions [paganism and occultism included] into a world desperately in need of light.” It aims to solve issues of environment, population, poverty and disease whilst building religious unity.
Swing, who is also an anti-population and pro-homosexuality activist, discussed the UR with many religious leaders. He stated Mother Teresa was “thrilled,” and promised to pray for it and speak to the Pope about it. But although dedicated to interfaith dialogue, the Vatican coyly stayed aloof because the United Religions “would give the appearance of syncretism.” However, many Catholics, including the upper hierarchy, work with its partners, especially Religions for Peace.
Bishop Swing sought but did not report Pope John Paul’s opinion of the UR, but the Pope indirectly supported it by collaborating with the Marxist-Leninist occultist Mikhail Gorbachev and with Religions for Peace.
The Gorbachev Foundation/USA was set up as a Russian intelligence operation at the Presidio, a former military base in San Francisco, months before the dismantling of the USSR. Gorbachev is a major coordinator of world governance and a leading proponent of population extermination and the destruction of religion. He met more than once with Pope John Paul and was invited to address the pontiff and political leaders at the Vatican in 2000.
Religions for Peace, co-founded by Catholic ecclesiastics, is a Non-Governmental Organization, headquartered at the UN in New York. It seeks the cooperation of religions for the global church. It helped organize the syncretic Assisi Peace Meeting in 1986. In 1994, the Vatican hosted part of its Sixth General Assembly, the first interfaith conference ever held at the Holy See. Speakers included John Paul, several cardinals, Hans Küng and liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez.
The United Religions is also headquartered at the Presidio, but it has “satellite centers” in other cities, including Buenos Aires.
Unlike Pope John Paul’s indirect support of the one-world church, Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis, in the style we have now come to expect, had no qualms about ignoring the existing Vatican position. He openly encouraged the United Religions — an ominous harbinger of the direction of his papacy?
From the June 2014 Catholic Family News
 The full details of the history and implementation of the UR were published in our articles, “One-World Church Expected Next Year” and “One-World Church Starts Up” in, respectively, the October 1996 and November 1997 issues of Catholic Family News; and also in “The One-World Church Emerges,” Homiletic & Pastoral Review, January 1999.
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Peres’ proposal to Francis to set up a UN of religions
(©ANSA) FRANCIS' EMBRACE WITH PERES
The Pope received the former Israeli president and Jordan’s Prince Hassan bin Talal. The Middle East and interreligious dialogue were the focus of their talks
Sept. 4, 2014: The Middle East and the current turmoil there were at the centre of two separate audiences which Francis held this morning. First the Pope received the former president of the Republic of Israel, Shimon Peres and then the Prince of Jordan, Hassan bin Talal. Both were directly involved in Pope Francis’ recent visit to the Holy Land; Francis developed cordial relations with both of them, beyond protocol formalities. Prince Hassan bin Talal is known for his efforts in fostering interreligious dialogue. Peres was one of the key figures present at the historic meeting of prayer for peace in the Middle East, held in the Vatican Gardens.
The former president of the Republic of Israel had a very specific proposal to make at this meeting. He talked about it in an interview with Famiglia Cristiana before the meeting: his proposal was essentially to create a UN of religions. “The UN has run its course, what we need is an Organisation of United Religions, a UN of religions,” Peres said in his interview with Famiglia Cristiana. This would be the best way to fight against these terrorists who kill in the name of faith, because the majority of people are not like them, they practice their religion without killing anyone, without this thought ever crossing their minds.”
“And I think there should also be a United Religions Charter, just like the UN Charter,” Peres went on to say. “The new Charter would state on behalf of all faiths that slitting people’s throats or carrying out mass slaughters, as we have seen in the past weeks, has nothing to do with religion. This was my proposal to the Pope.”
91-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres underlined that “today we are faced with hundreds, possibly thousands of terrorist movements that aim to kill in the name of God. This is a completely new kind of war compared to those fought in the past. It is different in terms of technique but above all in terms of the reasons for which it is being fought. We have the United Nations to deal with this. It is a political organization but it has neither the armies which nations possess, nor the firm belief which religions foster.”
Due to the power of religions and the Pope’s charisma, Peres would like Pope Francis to lead the proposed UN of religions: “When I look around me I notice one thing: perhaps for the first time in history the Holy Father is a leader who has the respect of many people as well as the most diverse religions and their representatives. Indeed, he may actually be the only leader they really respect. Hence the idea I proposed to Francis.”
Francis welcomed the idea with interest and encouragement; he did not commit to it personally but assured Peres that there are Vatican dicasteries that deal with these kinds of initiatives. “The Pope,” the Holy See’s spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi said, “The Pope spent a long time talking with Mr. Peres whom he sees as a man of peace and even though there no official statements were issued as these were not audiences with heads of state or of government, the long duration of the talks shows that the Pope took an interest in Peres’ proposals and the information the Jordanian prince gave him on his interreligious centre for peace, expressing his encouragement.” The Pope explained that “there are Holy See dicasteries in charge of such initiatives: the dicastery for interreligious dialogue and the dicastery for Justice and Peace. Cardinals Kock and Turkson will consider this proposal carefully,” Lombardi said.
The second audience Pope Francis held in the Vatican this morning was with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal and it lasted about half an hour. Fr. Lombardi said this recalling the prince’s efforts in the field of interreligious dialogue as the founder of an interreligious centre for peace and human rights. “He spoke to the Pope about the work done to combat violence and in favour of human dignity, of brotherhood and of assistance to the poor in a globalized world. This is done by drawing on the common values religions hold, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, in other words. Prince Hassan gave the Pope a collection of texts from various denominations, edited by the interreligious centre he founded.
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