This is actually not my find but posted in another site with discussion forums......
This article is scary.......
*** The new Pope, Benedict XVI, was actively investigating secret societies including the Knights Templar and the Illuminati, it was revealed yesterday. Details were exposed by a local newspaper in Hertfordshire, England. Cardinal Ratzinger was head of the Inquisition, the arm of the Church set up to investigate, persecute or eliminate heretics. But the curious thing is, we now know that he started his investigation shortly before he was elected as the new Pope. Did he know something? He certainly made no secret of his ambition to become Pope. ***
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Helen, Truly He has risen !!
With regards to the then Cardinal Ratzinger making not secret of his ambition to become Pope, I disagree.
He is reported to have prayed to God, the Almighty Father to "spare him the destiny"
When the voting slowly developed making it clear that the guillotine was coming closer and pointing at me, I asked God to spare me this destiny," he said.
He recalled saying to God in his prayers: "You have younger, better, more enthusiastic and energetic candidates."
But he also said: "The Lord's road is not comfortable, but we are not made for comfort and so I could not have done anything but say Yes."
The Pope also shared a joke after apologising for arriving late. "The Germans are used to punctuality," he said. "I have become a bit of an Italian."
Your brother in Christ,