The Most Rev Alfred Adewale Martins, Metropolitan Archbishop of Lagos has stated that, theories or statements seemingly suggesting that the Pontiff is an Anti-Christ is ridiculous, thus throwing caution at conspirators to refrain from casting such attacks.
The Prelate was on Friday May 22, 2020 addressing the press at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos ahead of the 54th World Communications Day set to be celebrated on Sunday, May 24, 2020, where he emphatically stated that, it was inappropriate for a minister of the gospel to describe the head of over a billion Christians as anti-Christ.
Archbishop Martins said “that conspiracy theory is way beyond reason, stressing that those who are pushing it must be very careful not to dabble into areas outside their areas of competence.”
For proponents of the conspiracy theories seemingly suggesting that the Pope is an Anti-Christ and involved in the creation of artificial intelligence Church with 5G, the Prelate debunked the claims saying the Pope has always made a passionate appeal to stakeholders to tap into available resources to improve the welfare of the people.
World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in 1967 as an annual celebration that encourages us to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that the modern means of social communication (the press, motions pictures, radio, television and the internet) afford the Church to communicate the gospel message.
The celebration came in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, which realized it must engage fully with the modern world. This realization is expressed in the opening statement of the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes on “The Church in the Modern World”, which says: “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anguishes of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted in any way, are the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anguishes of the followers of Christ as well.
”In setting it up on Sunday 7th May 1967, less than two years after the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI, knowing that the Church is truly and intimately linked with mankind and its history, wanted to draw attention to the communications media and the enormous power they have for cultural transformation.
He and his successors have consistently recognized the positive opportunities the communications media afford for enriching human lives with the values of truth, beauty and goodness, but also the possibly negative effects of spreading less noble values and pressurizing minds and consciences with a multiplicity of contradictory appeals.
Source: ADM NEWS