Pope Francis And Shimon Peres Discuss The Establishment Of A ‘United Nations Of Religions’

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Pope Francis - Photo by Edgar JimenezLast Thursday, Pope Francis and former Israeli President Shimon Peres met for an extended 45 minute private conversation.  The focus of this discussion was a proposal by Peres to establish a “United Nations of Religions”.  It was the third meeting between the two men in a little more than four months.  As you will see below, Pope Francis showed “his interest, attention, and encouragement” as Peres explained his proposal.  Of course Pope Francis didn’t commit to anything, and we probably will not see a “United Nations of Religions” any time soon, but every idea has to start somewhere.  If Pope Francis does ultimately decide to actively push for such a thing, could we eventually see a single global body that claims to represent all of the religions of the world?


It is very unusual for a Pope to meet with any world leader three times in just over four months.  But it is this latest meeting between Pope Francis and Shimon Peres that was the most noteworthy by far.  The following is how Fox News reported on it…

Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres has proposed a new global peace initiative to Pope Francis: A “United Nations of Religions,” given that most wars today have religious, not nationalistic, undercurrents.

The Vatican said Peres pitched the initiative during a 45-minute audience Thursday in the Apostolic Palace. The two men last met when Francis invited the then-Israeli president and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens on June 8.

So exactly why does Peres want a “United Nations of Religions”?

Well, according to the Jerusalem Post it is because he believes that such a body would have the best chance of preventing war and violence in the world…

In an interview with the Catholic Magazine Famiglia Cristiana, Peres called on Francis to leverage his respect to create an interfaith organization to curb religious violence.

“What we need is an organization of United Religions… as the best way to combat terrorists who kill in the name of faith,” Peres said. “What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No, God does not want this and does not allow it.’”

After his private meeting with Peres, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said that the Pope “listened, showing his interest, attention, and encouragement” while Peres shared his ideas.  The Pope did not commit to anything, but he also did not dismiss the idea of a United Nations of Religions.

And the truth is that such an organization would fit in very well with what the Pope has been trying to do his entire tenure.  He has been doing just about all that he can to “build bridges” to other religions.

For example, earlier this year the Pope authorized “Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran” at the Vatican for the first time ever…

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel.

And the Pope has been relentlessly reaching out to Protestant organizations.

Here is one example of him reaching out to American charismatics from earlier this summer

Two controversial TV preachers recently met Pope Francis in an effort to work toward tearing down the ‘walls of division’ between Catholics and Protestants.

Kenneth Copeland and James Robison are two religious leaders in northeast Texas known for drawing huge crowds to their services and events, and who were a part of leading the group identifying as a “delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders” in its meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff late last month.

In addition, earlier this year the Pope even met with television minister Joel Osteen

Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen was among a group of political and religious leaders who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.

According to reports, Osteen was part of a delegation organized by the International Foundation in an effort to encourage interfaith relations and ecumenicism. Utah Senator Mike Lee (R), a Mormon, Gayle Beebe, the president of the interdenominational Westmont College in California, and Pastor Tim Timmons, founder of South Coast Community Church also in California, were among those who who greeted the pope, along with Osteen.

“I just felt very honored and very humbled,” Osteen told local television station Click 2 Houston. “It was amazing. And even to go back into that part of the Vatican—there’s so much history there, the place that they took us through. You feel that deep respect and reverence for God.”

And this is not something that just started recently.  Pope Francis has been pushing an ecumenical agenda very hard from the very first moments of his papacy.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Pope Francis And The Emerging One World Religion“.

But there is one type of Christian that Pope Francis does not have anything positive to say about.

Pope Francis says that there is not any room for “fundamentalism” in Christianity…

Following his first visit to the Middle East as pope last month, the pontiff criticized fundamentalism in Christianity, Islam and Judaism as a form of violence.

“A fundamentalist group, even if it kills no one, even it strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God.”

But exactly what is “fundamentalism”?

The following is the definition that Google gives when you do a search…

“a form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.”

So is Pope Francis rejecting those Christians that believe in a strict, literal interpretation of the Bible?

And precisely what is his overall agenda?

Why has he been working so hard to reach out to other major religions all over the planet?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • A Fatihful Catholic

    Please don’t be tempted to judge the Catholic Church by the actions of the Pope, especially the one currently reigning. The real, traditional teachings of the Church have been obscured by Francis. Suffice it say that the Church doesn’t actually teach that Mohammedans and other non-Christians can be saved via their false religions, despite the impression one might get from listening to this pope.

    Francis seems to reserve his ire only for faithful Catholics
    like the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, whom he would likely put
    in the “fundamentalist” category. For everyone else, it’s “live, and
    let live.”

    This might be hard for non-Catholics to understand, but the actual teachings of the Church are not necessarily what current Churchmen say it is. We have an unchangeable “deposit of Faith” which popes, bishops, and priests are obligated to teach and defend, but there’s no guarantee that they actually will (save for very specific and rare circumstances). We’re living in a chaotic time for the Catholic Church, and the world in general.

    • krinks

      Is it a mortal sin to eat meat on Friday or isn’t it? If you’d pick a church based upon the actual word of Jesus and his Apostles things like this wouldn’t come up.

  • randyfreedom

    For me it’s easy: Follow Jesus. Everything else in religious teachings is noise meant to confuse and manipulate. Of course if you are not a Christian then this does not apply. There’s more to the discussion but that would take up way too much space here.

  • Adam

    I believe it’s the only church that still tells the truth

    • Shaleena

      You have not studied.

  • krinks

    Seventh Day Adventist nonsense, Based upon the teachings of the wickedly racist false prophet Ellen G White. RUN.

    • Rosita Antonio

      Be careful krinks, do not talk about what you don’t know! God is a just God. Don’t mock His Prophet. Don’t let your own words condemn you!!!

      • krinks

        A prophet has the duty of being 100% or getting stoned to death (Deut 18). Ellen G White fails the test.

        • iris

          And, even if their prophecies are 100% correct, but they teach to turn away from God in any way, they are to be stoned to death.

          • iris

            I need to clarify, I don’t advocate stoning ANYONE, including those who stone. God will judge. Also, referring to SDA and RCC, I know several truly born again believers in both camps, also in LDS. (LDS says it’s Christian, but they didn’t used to just 30 years ago. They have been copying orthodox Christianity to increase numbers, but some of their crucial definitions are different when drawn out. Still, they are advocating reading the Bible more now, and many LDS are questioning deeply since the arrival of internet, because they can research in the privacy of their homes and erase search history.)

            Once a person has truly come to faith in Jesus Christ as THE LORD and Savior, they need to stand up for the truth and be willing to suffer the consequences. There will be consequences either way, though, that’s how life is. If they don’t stand up, they won’t lose their salvation, imo, but their faith will become shipwrecked by the false teaching and peer pressure.

  • Community College Student

    Many people see Joel Osteen as a heretic, especially with what his wife said about obeying God for ourselves. What has the Pope done to reach out to those Protestants? What about Orthodox Christians, Orthodox Jews, Messianic Jews, Anglicans, and Mennonite and Amish congregations? Has the Pope reached those?

    • Annette Calkins

      I missed it! AGH!!! Seriously, what did his wife say?

  • one_that_can_see

    Revelation chapter 17 the great harlot
    Apostate church that will spiritually influence,and deceive the world in the last days.
    Why do faithful Catholic bow down before the pope, he is but a man and pray to statutes?

  • Paul

    the pope is a person of pure evil. this article clearly relates to the Book of Revelation. catholicism is a cult. Scripture does not support the beliefs and teachings of the catholicism–scripture warns against the false teachings of catholicism. But because the world has turned away from TORAH, and seeks people who tickle their ears with lies, the spirit of man has become easily deceived. Perez is not a true Jew–he is a traitor, making an agreement with the adversary. Just as in the times of Judah Maccabees when certain Jews accepted the Hellenistic false religion over Judaism–Perez is accepting lies over Israel. He is condemning himself.
    The reason, I believe, Christians are easily deceived (i.e those who listen to joel olsteen, joyce myers, john hagee, etc…) is because they do not seek TORAH. They live by a false Grace. As many churches as America has, America is the most constantly violates YAHWEH’S TORAH yet expects blessings. abortion, gay marriages, prayer out of out schools, over populated prison systems, high divorce rate…yet Christians in America believe they are the authority while they sit in comfortable pews and say amen while America rots in sin all around them. Without Torah, we cannot understand the Grace freely given to us–and without TORAH we don’t have the knowledge and wisdom to battle sin. Remember YESHUA defeated the adversary in the through the TORAH.
    Because the world rejects YAHWEH’S TORAH, the spirit of man has no defense against the schemes of evil.

  • Diana

    Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

    Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
    The Papacy will fulfill all of this.

  • DarkStarAz

    Perez the AC and Francis the prophet?
    Or putting pieces in place for their emergence?

  • ufo

    Talmud Jmmanuel warned against organized religion of any kind. Jmmanuel himself rejected the name “Jesus” or being referred to as “Christ” because he knew in advance, that Christianity would be created by political rulers to control the minds and hearts of people. Jmmanuel stressed free-will and developing the intellect to act to create one’s own future. Jmmanuel warned against ceding responsibility to any religious or political leader.

  • Mike_Hunt

    One World Religion.

    • iris

      We’re getting there, sadly. I don’t know if a pope will become the false prophet or not, but popes certainly do seem to have a lot of clout in the MSM and public arena.

      • Mike_Hunt

        It looks like ISIS might be used to “unite” Islam so that it falls under one leader which can then be integrated into this “United Nations of Religions”.

  • iris

    Well, I agree with the usury part, but the anti-Semitism is beyond the pale. The Greeks re-interpreted much of Scripture, and had never liked the Jews. They preferred the figurative over the literal, and by about 250 A.D., their anti-Semitic Christianity was becoming widely accepted in Rome. The Catholic fathers adopted the Greek interpretations in 350 A.D., and one of the fruits has been Replacement Theology. That idea alone has been directly responsible for pogroms against Jews for over 1500 years. Again, God will judge, but it’s easy to see why most Jews don’t trust Christians, although I believe true Christianity never left off being a sect, the fulfillment actually, of Judaism.

  • Please dont make me puke

    Comment for the Faithful Catholic Please don’t judge the Catholic Church by who’s running now? are you kidding me?? do you read the news papers? oh wait most Catholics don’t read the Bible. I forgot Catholics have a tradition.. A tradition of cruel persecution, a tradition of child rape. a tradition of fleecing the flock and living in luxury while there people live in squalor. a tradition of filthy homosexual practices in the supposed house of God.. Catholicism is Racket and Snare. a breading ground for some of the worst atrocities since the Constantine high jacked Christianity . then Joel Olsten made a peptic comment after visiting the Vatican how is was so close to god.. what a sicking joke!!

    • Charles Cates

      The Catholic Church has been corrupt since its inception. The antichrist will come out of the Vatican as the Inquisition came from the Catholic church. Also, he is NOT infallible. Quit worshipping man. There will never be peace on earth, not now, not ever!!!

  • LarsLonte

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