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September 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — In a recent interview with journalist Edward Pentin, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said his country wants to “preserve Europe as a Christian Europe” and that they would like Hungary to remain a “Christian nation.”

Speaking about immigration, Szijjártó told the veteran Catholic reporter, “We are sure that this migratory crisis endangers the Christian heritage of Europe.”

Such remarks stand in stark contrast to those Pope Francis has made.

In his 2016 acceptance speech for the Charlemagne Prize, an award given to those who help bring about European “unification,” Pope Francis said, “I dream of a new European humanism” where “being a migrant is not a crime.”

Francis repeated his “dream” a year later while addressing 27 European heads of state at the Vatican. “As leaders, you are called to blaze the path of a new European humanism made up of ideals and concrete actions,” he said.

In 2014, he called on European Parliament to rediscover its memory, its courage, and “a sound and humane utopian vision.”

The future Pope Francis wants for Europe and the future Mr. Szijjártó’s country wants for Europe couldn’t be more different. The continent now faces, as Ronald Reagan once said in 1964, a “time for choosing.”

Europe at a crossroads

As it stands currently, Hungary, Poland, and a few other courageous nations are resisting the global left’s efforts to tear asunder their Christian identity by opening their borders, flooding them with mass migration, and imposing on them homosexuality, secularism, and feminism.

Fortunately, some Churchmen recognize these orchestrated attacks for what they are. Bishop Athanasius Schneider told an Italian newspaper in July that there is a “long-prepared plan by international powers to radically change the Christian and national identities of the European peoples.”

There also exists in Europe the likes of Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and George Soros, globalists who want Europe’s identity wrapped up in ethnic and religious “diversity,” the gay agenda, socialism, abortion on demand, radical environmentalism, and so on.

But even the Dalai Lama, who supports same-sex “marriage,” believes concerns with immigration aren’t unfounded. At a conference in Sweden two weeks ago, the Tibetan octogenarian told his audience that “Europe belongs to the Europeans” and that refugees should return to their native lands to begin the rebuilding process. Germany “cannot become an Arab country,” he correctly observes. “Germany is Germany.”

Christ would surely agree. His family, after fleeing into Egypt for a brief while, returned to Nazareth. They didn’t stay and receive subsidized housing.

The path forward

The battle between secular EU technocrats and Christian nationalists has reached a boiling point. 

Hungary is being threatened with severe sanctions by the European Union that may force it to recognize homosexual “marriage” and accept Muslim immigrants.

Likewise, Poland has faced strong opposition from the EU for trying to ensure their country upholds Christian values. Its parliament is currently in the beginning stages of instituting a new holiday commemorating the Christianization of their country in the 10th century.

In the midst of this titanic battle for the heart and soul of Europe lies Rome.

Historically, popes have defended the rights of sovereign nations and encouraged, as Pope Benedict did, Europe to recognize the threat of Islam and to come back to Jesus Christ.

But not Francis. His embrace of population control activists, and his support for radical environmentalism and open borders have aligned him more closely with the agenda of the international left than with the God-fearing leaders of Hungary and Poland.

Multiculturalism undermines Christianity

A primary motivation for Pope Francis is a saying he frequently invokes: “unity in diversity.”  

It just so happens that “unity in diversity” is the official motto of the European Union.

While seeming like an innocent, well-intentioned slogan, “unity in diversity” is actually the sinister goal of the global Deep State, namely, to “unite” men of all religions not under the banner of Christ but in a new age Tower of Babel where God is denied his rightful place among the nations.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to grasp the dangers of having too much “diversity” when, in 2011, he admitted that “state multiculturalism [has] failed.” Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy echoed the same sentiments less than a month later.

Peter Kwasniewski has argued in an essay for LifeSiteNews recently that a religiously “neutral” public square inevitably turns into an anti-Christian one. Why? Because Christ himself said without Him we can do nothing. No nation, in other words, can stand on its own two feet for long if it publicly refuses to recognize Christ as its King. Viktor Orbán seems to know that. Pope Francis, not so much

What’s next?

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima spoke about an “annihilation of nations.” Many believed this to be a reference to Communism and atomic warfare. Could it also have been a reference to the “annihilation” of the Christian identity of European nations in the 21st century? Could it have been a warning about the promotion of multiculturalism and “unity in diversity” in historically Christian lands? Absolutely.

It’s also fairly certain that the Vatican will not put an end to this anytime soon. The Pope could not be clearer in his remarks to European leaders. He’s not interested in urging them to embrace Christianity. Rather, he’s interested in promoting a “humanism” rooted in fraternity where the Vatican partners with, rather than converts, the world’s leading authorties on environmentalism, social justice, population control, and immigration, among other things.

Consider lastly that the current Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the rumored front-runner to succeed Pope Francis, has been palling around with and spouting the same talking points as the architects of the new world order. Just this year he visited the shadowy Bilderberg gathering. In 2017, he spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2016, during an address at the United Nations, he expressed consternation about European countries that aren’t welcoming migrants. If elected as the next pope, Parolin will undoubtedly keep the Catholic Church as a cog in the globalists’ machinery.

Hungary and Poland have laid out their vision for the future of Europe. Pope Francis has laid out his. Let’s pray that the Holy Father joins those countries, and, like his predecessors, takes up the cause of defending Christianity in Europe against Islamic invaders once again. As unlikely as that sounds, miracles do happen.