Since the movie came out, we watch The Passion of the Christ each year on Good Friday. This year, I started wondering about the character Abeneder… How did they know his name? Was it historical fiction, etc.
Eventually I was lead to learn of the existence of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich.
I am still learning, so I don’t know much about this person. But I recently looked into her visions with no small amount of curiosity, and here is an apparent vision she had:
August 10, 1820: “I see the Holy Father in great anguish. He lives in a palace other than before and he admits only a limited number of friends near him. I fear that the Holy Father will suffer many more trials before he dies. I see that the false Church of Darkness is making progress, and I see the dreadful influence that it has on people. The Holy Father and the Church are verily in so great a distress that one must implore God day and night.”
“Last night I was taken to Rome where the Holy Father, immersed in his sorrows, is still hiding to elude dangerous demands (made upon him). He is very weak, and exhausted by sorrows, cares, and prayers. He can now trust but few people. This is mainly why he is hiding. But he still has with him an aged priest who has much simplicity and godliness. He is his friend, and because of his simplicity they did not think it would be worth removing him. But this man receives many graces from God. He sees and notices a great many things which he faithfully reports to the Holy Father. It was required of me to inform him, while he was praying, of the traitors, and evil-doers who were to be found among the high-ranking servants living close to him, so that he might be made aware of it.”
Does that sound familiar?
Here is the news of Benedict XVI’s retirement (h/t Religion News Service):
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Addressing church leaders for one of the last times of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday (Feb. 14) that he intends to live “hidden from the world” after he retires on Feb. 28.
How about the part about the servant? (h/t Wikipedia):
Paolo Gabriele, who had been the pope’s personal butler since 2006, leaked the stolen information to Gianluigi Nuzzi