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Blessed Pope John Paul II and Communism

by Arthur Policarpio

A great sign appeared in heaven:a woman dressed in the sun,with the moon under her feetand a crown of twelve stars on her head.She was pregnant and cried out in pain,looking to her time of delivery.Then another sign appeared:a huge, red dragon with seven heads and ten hornsand wearing seven crowns on its heads.It had just swept along a third of the stars ofheaven with its tail, throwing them down to the earth.
(St. John’s Book of Revelation, Chapter 12, Verses 1-4)

Thus, in powerful symbolic imagery, the last book of the Holy Bible describes a cataclysmic battle between the Woman Clothed in the Sun, interpreted by many as the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Red Dragon, interpreted as Satan or the forces of evil.

But in the book, “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons,” which consists of messages from Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, founder of the Marian Movement of Priests, the Blessed Mother is very specific and talks of the instruments the devil uses. She says:

The huge Red Dragon is atheistic communism which has spread everywhere the error of the denial and the obstinate rejection God... The hugeness of the Dragon clearly manifests the vastness of the territory occupied by the uncontested reign of atheistic communism. Its color is red because it uses wars and blood as instruments of its numerous conquests... The Lord has re-clothed me with His light and the Holy Spirit with His divine power, and thus I appear as a great sign in heaven, a Woman clothed in the sun, because I have the task of taking humanity away from the dominion of the huge Red Dragon... (May 14, 1989)

Much of the world during the second half of the twentieth century believed it impossible for the Communist Empire to disintegrate and collapse. The Soviet Union dominated Eastern and Central Europe, forcing its atheistic ideals on the people through the power of its sheer military strength. People under Communist rule were brutally forbidden and suppressed to publicly profess their faith to any religion. Marx, founder of Communism, believed that religion was an “opium for the people” and that God did not exist. Indeed, how truly terrifying for this atheistic outlook to find an “enforcer” in the brutal superpower that was the Soviet Union. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that at least half of the world was literally held in the palm of Satan’s hands in the second half of the twentieth century.

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