Some people were surprised and disappointed that Pope Francis did not win the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. For three years in a row, Pope Francis has been a top contender but was not selected. The prize this year was awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end the civil war going on in the country. “The committee honored Santos ‘for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to 6 million people.’ The prize, it said, ‘should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process.’”1
Though not the winner of the prize, Pope Francis, along with his ideals and agenda, are brought to prominence in the selection of Mr. Santos, just as a Crux News headline relates, “How Pope Francis won the Nobel Peace Prize after all.”2 To better achieve the purposes of Pope Francis, it is more advantageous that a political leader carry Pope Francis’ message than he himself and get rewarded for it so the rest of the world can hear and accept that message. The previous year, the sentiments were the same after Pope Francis failed to win the Nobel Peace prize: “Not winning the Nobel won’t affect Pope Francis as ‘Peace Pope.’”
In the body of the article it is stated, “Although Pope Francis wasn’t actually the choice of the Nobel Peace Prize committee in Oslo, several of the causes he cares most about got a significant boost from the buzz surrounding the award, which means that the pontiff actually won big in 2016…Every year for the last three years, journalists, commentators and experts on Pope Francis have gotten out of bed one morning early in October, waiting to swing into action should the Nobel Peace Prize Committee select the pontiff, who’s always a heavy favorite in both bookmaker odds and on-line speculation. And, so far, every year we’ve all gone back to bed relatively swiftly, because the pope wasn’t the pick. Bringing home hardware, however, is not the only definition of victory. Another way of looking at winning is getting exactly what you want out of a situation, and by that standard Pope Francis seems a big winner indeed. Think about not only who actually won, but who else was considered a favorite and thus benefited from the attention and buzz that rumors of an impending Nobel Prize always generate.”3
The selection of Mr. Santos for his role in attempting to bring peace to war-torn Colombia highlights Pope Francis and his supposed commitment to bring about peace not only in Colombia but also in every other war or crisis that is taking place around the world. Many political leaders and others look to Pope Francis as the only person that can end the wars currently taking place. Certainly the late former Israeli President Shimon Peres thought so as he stated, “Pope Francis is the only leader respected enough to end today’s wars.”4 It must be recalled that Pope Francis was highly instrumental in bringing about negotiations and reconciliation between the United States and Cuba in September of 2015. “The first Latin American Pope in history had hosted secret talks at the Vatican between US and Cuban officials. He had also personally written to both Barack Obama and Raul Castro, the Cuban president, urging them to bring to an end their countries’ half-century stand-off. The Holy See confirmed in a statement that it had provided ‘its good offices to facilitate a constructive dialogue on delicate matters, resulting in solutions acceptable to both parties.’”5
Pope Francis has been sought to end the conflict in Colombia and met with the President in June of 2015. “Pope Francis’s highly symbolic swing through the United States and Cuba has yielded at least one tangible result: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono have announced a deal to sign a definitive peace agreement within six months. The two parties agreed to the interim deal in Havana on Wednesday, just days after the pontiff’s visit during which Pope Francis made a special plea for peace in Colombia during a Sunday mass…This isn’t a random choice—since at least June, the pope has been publicly pushing for a peace agreement in the country. He met with President Juan Manuel Santos at the Vatican and dangled the possibility of a papal visit if the government could come to an agreement with the country’s rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.”6 NBC News confirms “After ending five decades of bloody conflict, the government of Colombia and the Marxist FARC rebels signed a peace accord Friday. As a result, Colombia and rebel leaders are up for a Nobel Peace Prize, and Pope Francis has promised to visit. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos says Pope Francis will pay a visit to his country in the first quarter of 2017.”7
It is through “peace efforts” that Pope Francis will indirectly lead the global peace coalitions that have at its core Roman Catholic principles such as the “common good” and Sunday observance along with the non-toleration for those standing for liberty of conscience who oppose global peace initiatives because such efforts undermine individual liberties. A false coloring will be placed upon such persons and they will be declared enemies of law and order, radicals, extremists and fundamentalists. The Bible declares that the organization that Pope Francis represents, Roman Catholicism, will use “peace” to destroy many, specifically “the holy people” while causing craft to prosper. “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand” Daniel 8:23-15.
Intelligent, rational people cannot allow themselves to be deceived by Pope Francis and his masterful rhetoric along with the garb of sanctity that he presents himself in, but must realize that firstly, as a Jesuit and secondly as a Pope, he holds to the very sentiments that have ever characterized both the Jesuits and the Roman Catholic Church. “The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy of the latter times. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is a part of her policy to assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but beneath the variable appearance of the chameleon she conceals the invariable venom of the serpent…A large class, even of those who look upon Romanism with no favor, apprehend little danger from her power and influence. Many urge that the intellectual and moral darkness prevailing during the Middle Ages favored the spread of her dogmas, superstitions, and oppression, and that the greater intelligence of modern times, the general diffusion of knowledge, and the increasing liberality in matters of religion forbid a revival of intolerance and tyranny. The very thought that such a state of things will exist in this enlightened age is ridiculed. It is true that great light, intellectual, moral, and religious, is shining upon this generation. In the open pages of God’s Holy Word, light from heaven has been shed upon the world. But it should be remembered that the greater the light bestowed, the greater the darkness of those who pervert and reject it.”8
The people of God cannot with safety join with any ecumenical or global peace alliance, because they are all tending to Rome. The only safety can be found in coming in agreement with every letter of the Word of God. “Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread” Isaiah 8:12 and 13.
8. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), pages 571 and 572