A leading conservative candidate to succeed Pope John Paul ll has warned
that the Antichrist foreseen in the Book of Revelation is already among
Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, 71, said that the modern Antichrist,
identified in the Book of Revelation as a seven-headed beast, was most
likely now disguised as a philanthropist, supporting creeds like
vegetarianism, animal rights or pacifism, or advocating dialogue with
Orthodox or Anglican believers.
But his true aim was to undermine the Catholic Church, the Cardinal
As Archbishop of Bologna, one of Italy's most populous and richest
dioceses, Cardinal Biffi is a clear contender for the papacy, given that
his fellow cardinals may well decide to elect an Italian as successor to
the present Pope, who is now 79, when he dies.
However, Cardinal Biffi is also deeply conservative in his religious
views and his remarks are likely to offend some progressive Catholics.
From The Universe dated 12 March 2000. Reproduced with
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