Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

John 18:13 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

13 First they led him to Annas; for he was the father-in-law of Ca′iaphas, who was high priest that year.[a]


a. 18.13 According to Jewish law the high-priesthood was for life. The Romans had deposed Annas, the legal holder, in A.D. 15, and appointed another in his place, but many Jews continued to recognize Annas.       


In his Passion, after his arrest, Our LORD Jesus Christ was led first Annas who had been high priest but had been deposed by the Romans and then he was tried by Ca’iaphas, the son-in-law of Annas, who was high priest that year.

It is clear that the Church is in her passion. It appears that the Mystical Body of Christ is about to face her ultimate trial [cf. CCC 675], if not already in it. And it is at a time when there is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI – perhaps having been driven to freely resign by the successors of the Romans [the ten toes about to appear?] – and Pope Francis.

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