The recent appointment of Archbishop Bergoglio to Pope Francis has brought mixed reactions through the media channels. Some are reporting that he is a new man with plans of warming to the world and his charisma will be for the good of the whole world, while other reports warn of some very dark and deplorable history.
Two articles have come to our attention that seem to verify that he is certainly beginning to draw “all the world” together. The first article publishes the following;
VATICAN CITY - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday hailed Pope Francis as "a spiritual leader of the world" and emphasized goals of social justice shared between the Vatican and the United Nations.
The article goes on to say, "The Holy See and the UN share common goals and ideas," said Ban—one of the first world leaders to be received at an audience by the new pontiff.
"Pope Francis is a man of peace and purpose. He is a voice for the voiceless... It speaks loudly of his commitment to the poor, his acute sense of humility, his passion to improve the human condition," he said. ~Agence France-Presse, April 9, 2013
The second article adds to this theme. In this article, it states that on March 22, Pope Francis was calling for more intense dialogue between religious leaders, especially the Muslims.
Francis has said it is his mission to connect “all people, in such a way that everyone can see in the other, not an enemy, not a rival, but a brother or sister.”
He goes on to say that as the world is becoming more dependent on each other, it is necessary to “intensify the relations among the various religions, particularly Islam. His aim is also to intensify his efforts to outreach to non-believers who have no religion to collaborate with faiths in order to build peace and protect our environment. ~Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service
While we see some marvellous workings taking place in bringing the world together, any student of the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy well knows God had this well sorted out well before this pope was elected. What adds more to this pope is the added dimension of him being from the Jesuit order. For the record as we ponder the above wonderful work this man is portraying, it may be for our well-being to turn to inspiration on this order of priests.
"The order of the Jesuits was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from earthly ties and human interests, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silenced, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power. The gospel of Christ had enabled its adherents to meet danger and endure suffering, undismayed by cold, hunger, toil, and poverty, to uphold the banner of truth in face of the rack, the dungeon, and the stake. To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired its followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy" (GC 234).