Francis welcomed the “President” of Iran, who enjoyed the stunning views of the Eternal City– along with a splendid meal, while billion-dollar deals were placed at his feet.

Francis rolls out the red carpet for Hassan Rouhani - Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.Hassan Rouhani is the so-called “President” of Iran– a country suffering under a despotic and dangerous extremist Islamic regime, which appears on the U.S. State Department list of state sponsors of terrorism.

But apparently these facts do not matter to Francis in the Vatican. The Financial Times of London offered an excellent description of the reception that the Vatican threw today in honor of Rouhani:

[Excerpt from the Financial Times of London]:

First, Italian infrastructure companies sealed at least €17bn in investment deals with Iranian officials in the Capitoline Museum next to the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and philosopher, offering a sign of confidence in Mr Rouhani’s bid to open up to foreign business. 

Then later in the evening, at the nearby Terrazza Caffarelli, offering some of the most stunning views of the Eternal City, Mr Rouhani was treated to a celebratory meal with more than 100 Italian corporate executives and top cabinet ministers by his host Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister.

No wine was served, according to one senior Italian official, but the menu included an artichoke souffle, with a cream of fresh mint, maltagliati pasta with yellow pumpkin and mushrooms, European sea bass in a herb crust, and a chestnut semifreddo for dessert.”

Click on this link to read the rest of the article: “Rouhani accorded generous welcome in Rome” (Financial Times, January 26, 2016 12:08 am by James Politi)

Adding insult to injury, nude statues from the ancient collection at the Musei Capitolini were covered so as not to offend Rouhani. Has Francis considered how women are punished in Iran if they do not cover their heads properly? Never mind if they refuse to cover their heads! The penalty for apostasy and adultery includes capital punishment, by stoning and hanging. With this river of blood that Iran represents– how can Francis and his Vatican officials allow Hassan Rouhani to set foot on Roman Catholic holy grounds?

The night that Francis was elected to the papacy I published an article stating that this Jesuit “from the end of the world” could end up taking you there. I think you have arrived.

Someone has to say the truth…

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