FRA’MATTHEW FESTING IN FIRST VISIT TO POPE BENEDICT XVI
Rome, 11 April 2008 The recently elected Grand Master of the Order of Malta, His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing, was received this morning in private audience by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.
The very cordial occasion marked the first meeting between the new Grand Master and the Pontiff.
Knights Of Malta Pope Gets A 21 Gun Salute. U.S. Five Star Generals Only Get 19 Gun Salute
Pope Benedict XVI received an unprecedented presidential greeting from George W Bush and the first lady Laura Bush as he arrived for his maiden official visit to the United States.
Bush and his wife Laura were waiting on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base when the Pontiff'''s plane touched down. During his six-day visit, the head of the Catholic Church will address the United Nations. Pope Benedict XVI is only the second Pontiff to visit The White House after Pope John Paul II. This will be the first time ever a President of the United States will be travelling to the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to personally receive and greet the Pontiff and participate in an arrival ceremony. On Wednesday which happens to the 81st birthday of the Pontiff, the President and the First Lady will be rolling out a ceremonial welcome on the lawns of the White House where the participating crowd is expected to be twice the size of last May when Queen Elizabeth was showered with honours. He will be given a 21-gun salute, a ceremonial military honour used for a visiting foreign heads of state. As many as 12,000 people are expected to be at the South Lawn and guests will include the Catholic clergy, ecumenical representatives, local Catholic school children, and members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sisters of the Poor and the Knights of Columbus. The ceremony at the South Lawn will be followed by a meeting in the Oval Office between the Pontiff and Bush and later that evening the President and the First Lady will host a dinner for Catholic leaders and friends in honour of the Pope at the East Room of the White House. Although, the Pontiff himself will not be at this dinner as he is scheduled for a Prayer Service at the time at the Basilica of the national Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Knights Of Malta Are Masonic:
From: An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences," etc. by Albert G. Mackey, M.D., Thirty-Third Degree, Volume I, published by the Masonic History Company, Chicago, New York, & London, 1925, Volume One, pp. 392-95:
"This Order, which at various times in the progress of its history received the names of Knights Hospitalers, Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Rhodes, and lastly, Knights of Malta, was one of the most important of the religious and military orders of knighthood which sprang into existence during the Crusades which were instituted for the recovery of the Holy Land. It owes its origin to the Hospitalers of Jerusalem, that wholly religious and charitable Order which was established at Jerusalem, in 1048, by pious merchants of Amalfi for the succor of poor and distressed Latin pilgrims....
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"The Organization of the Order in its days of prosperity was very complicated, partaking of both a monarchial and a republican character. Over all presided a Grand Master, who, although invested with extensive powers, was still controlled by the legislative action of the General Chapter....
"...There are now two bodies-one Catholic and the other Protestant, but each repudiates the other....
"The degree of Knight of Malta is conferred in the United States as "an appendant Order" in a Commandery of Knights Templar. There is a ritual attached to the degree, but very few are in possession of it, and it is generally communicated after the candidate has been created a Knights Templar...."
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One of the symbols of the military orders of the Vatican, the masonic double-headed eagle emblazoned with the Maltese cross, signifies omnipotent royal dominion over both East and West. The orb signifies temporal dominion over the globe of Earth, and the scepter signifies control over the spiritual and religious impulses of humanity. This eagle symbol is used in the masonic rite of Memphis and Misraim, under which it reads, “Order Out of Chaos”, the Hegelian method of crisis creation. It is found on the seals of many European and Eurasian nation states including that of Russia, indicating direct Vatican control over those countries. It symbolizes the desire of a predatory elite with virtually unlimited resources, to totally dominate the entire world under a New World Order global government system using secrecy, manipulation, coercion and terror with the ends justifying the means. Source: aftermathnews.wordpress.com