Diplomatic Relations

Since the time of the healing of the wound, the power and influence of the Papacy has grown to worldwide proportions, particularly during the end of the 20th century. The Pope has regularly received heads of state from many countries, and is welcomed by them in return. It was a momentous turn of events when Pope John Paul II first set foot on American soil. Many were opposed at that time, but today, thousands come to greet him and proclaim him the spiritual leader of the world. Many of the images in this album are featured in Amazing Discoveries' Total Onslaught: A Woman Rides the Beast lecture. Purchase A Woman Rides the Beast DVD or view the lecture online.

<p><em> Newsweek</em> (October 15, 1979): "Pope deserves title of first citizen of the world."</p>
Newsweek (October 15, 1979): "Pope deserves title of first citizen of the world."
<p>Pope John Paul II with George W. Bush. <br /><br />Source:<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Paul_II_and_George_Bush_2001.jpg" target="blank"> Wikimedia Commons (August 23, 1993).</a></p>
Pope John Paul II with George W. Bush. Source: Wikimedia Commons (August 23, 1993).
<p>George W. Bush with Pope John Paul II in 2004</p>
<p>Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Paul_II_George_W._Bush_Medal_of_Freedom_2004.jpg</p>
George W. Bush with Pope John Paul II in 2004 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Paul_II_George_W._Bush_Medal_of_Freedom_2004.jpg
<p>Laura Bush, daughter Barbara Bush and&nbsp;Francis Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, meet in a private audience with&nbsp;Pope Benedict XVI, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 at the&nbsp;Vatican.</p>
<p>Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laura_and_Barbara_Bush_meet_Pope_Benedict_XVI.jpg</p>
Laura Bush, daughter Barbara Bush and Francis Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, meet in a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 at the Vatican. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laura_and_Barbara_Bush_meet_Pope_Benedict_XVI.jpg
<p>Bill Clinton with Pope John Paul II in 1993</p>
<p>Public Domain&nbsp;https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johannes_Paul_II_-_Bill_Clinton.jpg</p>
Bill Clinton with Pope John Paul II in 1993 Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johannes_Paul_II_-_Bill_Clinton.jpg
<p>Pope John Paul II's first visit to the United States, 1979.</p>
<p>Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pope_John_Paul_II_(1979).jpg</p>
Pope John Paul II's first visit to the United States, 1979. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pope_John_Paul_II_(1979).jpg
<p>Pope Benedict XVI with George W. Bush.</p>
<p>Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Benedictus_and_Bush_National_Anthem_2008.jpg</p>
Pope Benedict XVI with George W. Bush. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Benedictus_and_Bush_National_Anthem_2008.jpg
<p>Reagan and the Pope, 1982.</p>
<p>Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_and_Mrs._Reagan_meet_Pope_John_Paul_II_1982.jpg</p>
Reagan and the Pope, 1982. Public Domain https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_and_Mrs._Reagan_meet_Pope_John_Paul_II_1982.jpg
<p>Maitreya's agent or channel, Benjamin Creme, a British artist and long-time student of esoteric philosophy. He has become the principal source of information about the emergence of the Maitreya, the World Teacher. In 1982, he took out full page advertisements in major papers worldwide declaring that "The Christ is Here Now." Recently, he spoke in Britain declaring that the Maitreya has already appeared on national television and would soon make Himself known to the world.</p>
<p>CC BY-SA 3.0 Meryl Tihanyi https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BenjaminCremeNYClecture2008.jpg</p>
Maitreya's agent or channel, Benjamin Creme, a British artist and long-time student of esoteric philosophy. He has become the principal source of information about the emergence of the Maitreya, the World Teacher. In 1982, he took out full page advertisements in major papers worldwide declaring that "The Christ is Here Now." Recently, he spoke in Britain declaring that the Maitreya has already appeared on national television and would soon make Himself known to the world. CC BY-SA 3.0 Meryl Tihanyi https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BenjaminCremeNYClecture2008.jpg