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Pope Francis speaking on the papal flight, April 30, 2023.Screenshot/YouTube

(LifeSiteNews) — Dear Reader,

For Christians, Lent is a season of repentance. But for some radical leftists in America, it’s been an opportunity for sacrilege.

On Ash Wednesday 2024, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, “America’s Parish Church,” was thronged with the faithful, seeking ashes of repentance.

But the following day, the same hallowed space was desecrated by the sacrilegious clamor of a thousand God-hating radicals.

As the coffin of “Cecilia” Gentili, a self-styled “whore” drag queen, was carried down the aisle, the godless crowds proclaimed him as the: “Great whore, St. Cecilia, the Mother of All Whores.

And as this cry echoed from the consecrated walls of the cathedral, where countless Masses have been offered, a priest of Jesus Christ gave the silence of his consent and, worse yet, joked with the anti-Christian throng.

This blasphemous event saddened me to my core… 

But I was not surprised.

Tomorrow, March 13, it will be eleven years since a corrupt group of cardinals, calling themselves the “St. Gallen Mafia,” succeeded in their plot to prop up a man of their choice in a conclave without a proper appreciation of that cardinal’s stances.

When Francis appeared on the loggia that night, many were disturbed.

I was also concerned, but I have always tried to think the best of him and never stopped praying for him.

But my priority has always been the truth.

I have spent hundreds of hours in Rome, speaking with cardinals, bishops, and priests, hearing first-hand what has happened in that holy city.

With LifeSiteNews’ indefatigable team of journalists, I have cataloged the never-ending betrayals of Christ that have been perpetrated since that day.

And make no mistake, all roads are now leading back to Rome.

Shortly after the St. Patrick’s scandal hit the news, a friend of “Cecilia” made a statement to the press. He cited Francis as justification for the sacrilege that took place.

“We are caught in the middle of a war” between Francis and Catholics who oppose him, he said. And he was right.

Francis has declared war on faithful Catholics.

LifeSiteNews was at the forefront of honest coverage of the bombshell of Fiducia Supplicans. This wicked document, penned by an archbishop-author of erotic literature, paved the way for the desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral when it “permitted” sacrilegious same-sex blessings.

This document betrayed everyone who has fought so hard for Catholic teaching on marriage and the family.

It was a betrayal of parents trying to teach the truth to their children.

It was a betrayal of priests who have always preached true doctrine despite tremendous pressure.

But most of all, it betrayed Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The world following Fiducia Supplicans is a much more dangerous place for all of us.

It is more dangerous for parents trying to protect their children from scandal at school or in society.

It is more dangerous for priests, who will soon have same-sex couples turning up on their doorsteps, demanding to be blessed.

It is more dangerous for all who hold the truth about marriage and the family, who have been betrayed into the hands of a liberal totalitarian state, which soon will not recognize the right of Catholics to hold the truth. “After all,” they will say, “the pope has spoken.”

What happens in Rome affects us all.

No one can escape the consequences of Francis’ actions. They reach us in America, Canada, Britain, Europe, and every place where men and women of goodwill seek to remain faithful to Almighty God.

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When others closed their eyes, we kept ours open. When others deceived themselves, we prayerfully sought the truth. When others were intimidated into silence, we spoke out boldly.

But you never get used to seeing Christ betrayed by those who appear to be his followers.

I have seen so many horrors that it breaks my heart to recall them. Sometimes, I hesitate to share them.

But I don’t know any way to serve God and His Church other than by telling the truth.

And now, it is more crucial than ever before. Our lives – and our souls – depend upon it.

Last week, I warned you that powerful globalists want to ELIMINATE billions of people, and even reduce AND KEEP the world population below one billion.

They can’t reach that goal unless they occupy positions of power and influence worldwide.

And in Francis, they appear to have an ally. His actions are helping them achieve their global depopulation nightmare.

Sometimes, when I say these things, people don’t believe me.

But Francis has made his adherence to the global death cult plain.

As soon as the enemies of the Church succeeded in putting him in place, he lost no time showing where his true loyalties lay.

To depopulate the world, they need abortion, contraception, and sterile LGBT sex promoted and accepted everywhere.

And so, the United Nations has committed to achieving “universal access” to contraception and abortion by 2030 and has enshrined this in its Sustainable Development Goals.

They want to make sure that every single baby that is ever conceived can be lawfully killed.

And as soon as he got into a position of power, Francis called on the whole world to implement these sustainable development goals.

The plan to make sure abortion is everywhere has his support.

But still, some people will say Francis didn’t know.

But this kind of denial becomes increasingly impossible to believe every day.

Francis keeps making his views plain.

Twice now in his pontificate, he has publicly singled out Emma Bonino for praise. This prominent abortionist is, he says, one of the country’s “forgotten greats.”

  • Bonino was a leading figure in legalizing abortion in Italy.
  • Bonino has boasted that her center killed more than 10,000 babies.
  • Bonino has been photographed in the act of murdering babies using a homemade device operated by a bicycle pump.
  • Because she has such close contact with Francis, she has spoken at several Catholic parishes.

Francis has been confronted about her opposition to Catholic teaching. But he doesn’t seem to care. He just answered, “True, but never mind. We have to look at people, at what they do.”

We know what Bonino has done. She has murdered babies and delighted in it. Francis knows what she does and stands for and calls her “great.”

Let’s judge Francis by his own standards. What has he done?

Francis has:

  • Backed the UN sustainable development goals, which call for the implementation of universal abortion and contraception.
  • Appointed pro-abortion members to the Pontifical Academy for Life.  
  • Appointed population controllers to the Pontifical Academy for Science.  
  • Repeatedly denied dozens of Catholic doctrines, including on Hell, capital punishment, and divine grace  
  • Persecuted Cardinals and Bishops who have tried to remain faithful to Christ. 
  • Mocked faithful Catholics.
  • Protected sex abusers.  
  • Welcomed and praised openly homosexual and transgender activists.

There is no doubt about these things. They are demonstrated and proven.

LifeSiteNews has reported on it all.

And there is so much more.

The evil is so overwhelming that it could easily leave us depressed. It could lead us to despair.

But we have hope. We have what matters.

We have God.

On 13 October 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a terrifying vision. He saw Satan asking God for one hundred years to destroy the Church.

Awaking from the vision, the pope set down some extraordinary words:

In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.

When Leo wrote these words, the throne of the Italian monarchy had been established in Rome where the successors of Peter had ruled.

But whenever I read them, they send a chill down my spine. I wonder what other prophecy might be found here.

Because for eleven years now Francis has reigned from a throne of abominable impiety.

From this abominable throne,  

  • He weaves his webs of malice and deceit.   
  • He hardens his heart to the cries of innocent bloodshed with his connivance or, minimally, his consent.  
  • He casts us – the little ones of Christ – into the mouths of the ravenous wolves.

This horror is too much for some. People are losing the faith.

We can’t let this happen. We must keep the truth alive.

Pope Leo XIII taught that our duty as laypeople lies in:

Professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power.

This is what LifeSiteNews does. It is the whole purpose of our existence.

Many people have criticized LifeSiteNews because we have told the truth.

But we will never stop. We will not recoil before an enemy, nor will we keep silent.

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In Rome, there are many who won’t ask the hard questions. But Michael is not afraid to question Francis directly about his actions, which are so destructive to the Church.

But our correspondent – your correspondent – doesn’t stop there. He goes the extra mile.

After his first audience, he took the opportunity to speak personally with Francis. This took great courage. He presented him with his own book about Our Lady’s role as Co-Redemptrix.

LifeSiteNews Vatican correspondent Michael Haynes presenting Pope Francis with a copy of his book ‘Mary, the Motherly Co-Redemptrix’ [Photo credit: Vatican Media]
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Leo XIII saw that Satan would come close to destroying the Church. He saw the Throne of Abominable Impiety in the place of the Chair of Truth.

But he did not despair. He entrusted us and the world to God and Our Lady.

He had his vision on 13 October 1884.

On 13 October 1917, Our Lady appeared for the final time to the children at Fatima, and her message was confirmed by the Miracle of Sun.

Let us never forget that we have her solemn promise:

“In the end, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph.”

But there is work to do first.

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In Christ,

John-Henry Westen
Co-Founder and CEO

“Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph: ‘Have confidence; I have overcome the world.'” — Pope Leo XIII

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John-Henry is the co-founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne have eight children and they live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout the world. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum, an annual strategy meeting for life, faith and family leaders worldwide. He is a board member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family. He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization. He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.