Exo-Vaticana: The Year of Three Popes & UFOs Over the Vatican

By Cris D. Putnam
Exo-VaticanaA book with a cover as sensational Exo-Vaticana has a lot of explaining to do and this post will do just that. For Roman Catholics, the year 1978 will long be remembered as the year of the three popes. Pope Paul VI, the pope who forebodingly declared, “The smoke of Satan…has entered the Sanctuary,”[1] died on August 6, 1978. In extraordinary agreement with the centuries-old prediction “from the midst of the moon” by Saint Malachy, on August 26, 1978, the precise day of a half moon, Cardinal Albino Luciani was elected on the second day of the conclave and became Pope John Paul I. Whereas we explained the preternatural circumstances connecting these events to the nine-hundred-year-old apocalyptic oracles of Saint Malachy O’Morgair in our previous work Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope Is Here, we did not realize that these events coincided with a major UFO flap over Rome that spanned the ill-fated rule of John Paul I through the early reign of John Paul II and with a reoccurrence upon his demise in 2005.

Within the midst of the doomed Pope John Paul I’s brief pontificate, numerous cigar-, disc-, and triangular-shaped craft were seen haunting the skies across Italy by people from all walks of life, including Vatican officials. According to the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network (MUFON):

At 5:50 a.m. on September 14, people in Rome saw a triangular object for five minutes. At about the same time, people near Florence reported seeing a cigar-shaped object. Early on the morning of the 16th, highway police near Rome received calls about a “luminous triangle” and “a beam of greenish light.”[2]

The early-morning, triangular craft sighting on September 14 in Rome was reported by police, Vatican guards, and airline workers.[3] The purpose and effect of the green radiation beam remains unknown. John Paul I mysteriously died two weeks later, on September 28, 1978. It was time to elect the third pope within a few months.

On October 16, 1978, a few weeks after the UFO incident, the College of Cardinals elected the prophesied “labor of the sun,” John Paul II, to the pontificate. Born and buried on solar eclipses, his life also eerily synchronized with the medieval mottos of Saint Malachy. As the third pope within the calendar year and prophesied penultimate to Armageddon, the spiritual warfare in Rome was at a fever pitch. The UFOs grew more invasive—so much so that the story made the New York Times news service and appeared in newspapers across the US in December 1978.

1973 UFOs Light Up Italy's Skies

The Milwaukee Journal, December 18, 1978

Dozens of persons witnessed and photographed a strange, doughnut-shaped craft emitting a beam of green light above Rome on December 14, 1978. According to the article, Rome’s police department corroborated the UFO sighting. More disturbing, two fisherman in a nearby village disappeared, and their fate is unknown. This unprecedented level of UFO activity above Rome coincided with the infamous year of three popes. At minimum, the correlation is suggestive, but that is not the end of the story.

The sole survivor of the 1978 tri-pontificate, John Paul II, died on April 2, 2005, after a long and well-received reign. He probably did more to popularize the papacy than any pope in recent memory. His body was dressed in his vestments and moved to Clementine Hall on the third level of the Apostolic Palace on April 3. The next day, three red pillows were secured endearingly beneath his head, and the coffin was moved onto a red velvet platform to facilitate the various ceremonies and sacraments that were to continue for days. As the pope must be buried between the fourth and sixth day after his death, Friday, April 8 was chosen as the last possible burial date. The Mass of Requiem led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was scheduled for 10:00 a.m., but early that morning they received an unannounced visitation of the Close Encounter II variety, and this time it was caught on video.


April 9, 2005, at 6:00 a.m.

Raiders News Update featured a story that weekend that explained the above video still:

Indianapolis News Channel 8 released a video taken Thursday evening of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City showing what appears to be an unidentified flying object moving across the upper left portion of the screen. The video, taken from a network feed camera at around 6:00 a.m. Roman time, was filmed as Pope John Paul II lay in state.[4]

We contacted the Indianapolis station WISH-TV about the video footage, but unfortunately, they do not have archives reaching back to 2005. Another Internet story preserves the incident:

Unusual Light Appears Over Vatican

Saturday, April 9, 2005:

The light pictured here appeared over St. Peter’s Basilica. It was 6:03 a.m. Italian time on the morning of April 8, 2005, 6 hours before Pope John Paul II’s funeral. AnUnknowncountry.com reader writes, “I watched this as it happened live on TV. It was awesome and just a little chilling. I feel that this event (sign) is of great significance.…”

Night video is notoriously deceptive and difficult to analyze, and there is no way to be certain that this is an anomalous object, but numerous viewers who called our attention to it claim that it appeared much larger than a bird, and to have an internal light source. It moved very quickly, with a swift gliding motion. No other similar objects appear on the tape.[5]

This photograph alone would justify our cover, but 1978 and 2005 are not the only incidents. In our former work, Petrus Romanus, we suggested a nine-hundred-year-old prophecy may have predicted the rise of the biblical false prophet. He will be revealed to the world just a few short days from now, might they come back? I suggest we watch the skies over Rome!

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[1] Malachi Martin, Keys of This Blood: Pope John Paul II Versus Russia and the West For Control of the New World Order, 1 ed. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991), 632.

[2]Bob Pratt, “More than 30 Years of Triangle Sightings,” MUFON, last accessed January 24, 2013, http://www.mufon.com/bob_pratt/triangles.html.

[3] Richard H. Hall, The Ufo Evidence—Volume 2: A Thirty Year Report (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2001), 349. Also see: http://www.ufoinfo.com/onthisday/September14.html.

[4] The following website cites Raiders News Update as its source: “UFO Filmed Over Vatican,” HotSpots, last accessed February 5, 2013, http://www.hotspotsz.com/UFO_Filmed_Over_Vatican_%28Article-13991%29.html.

[5] “Unusual Light Appears over Vatican,” Unknown Country, April 9, 2005, last accessed January 24, 2013 http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/unusual-light-appears-over-vatican#ixzz2Ios0QqGe.

Exo-Vaticana: Giordano Bruno’s Extraterrestrial Diabolicus II

By Cris D. Putnam (continued from part 5)
Exo-VaticanaBruno’s interactions with demons are evident in his writings. He wrote in his treatise Essays on Magic,

“One can prove that demons are material and that they are of several different kinds, by the fact that they have emotions, desires, angers, jealousies and similar feelings found in humans, and in animals composed of observable dense matter. That is why the slaughtering and sacrifice of animals was instituted, for these demons are pleased a very great deal by such ceremonies and fumes.”[1]

Indeed he seems to have interacted with demonic entities enough to provide details concerning their bodies: “Although they are spiritual substances, nature has given them a body which is very thin and is not endowed with senses. They belong to the genus of animal which, as was said, has more species than do living, composite and sensory animals.”[2] The thin body certainly brings to mind modern descriptions of wispy alien greys. Nevertheless, Bruno was no abductee. He sought to control and manipulate them by playing one against the other: “Strong invocations and supplications to make the power of the superior overcome the inferior, for example, to banish evil demons by good ones, and to banish lower evil demons by higher ones. These demons are enticed by sacrifices and holocausts; they are frightened by threats, and they are summoned by the powers of inflowing rays of light.”[3] Indeed, the siren song of the occult is the promise of influencing the powers and principalities of this world. Even so, modern atheists consider Bruno their hero.giordano bruno

In his introduction to a modern edition of Bruno’s Cause, Principle and Unity, Alfonso Ingegno writes, “This was a philosophy aimed at liberating man from the fear of death and the gods, pointing the way to an escape from the snares which demons use to catch us.”[4] Accordingly, modern secularists and ET true believers like to portray Bruno as some sort of scientific messiah. In fact, if you would like to read Bruno’s treatise, On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, you will find it hosted on the Positive Atheism website.[5] Another representative example comes from humanist Edward Howard Griggs who, while doting like a schoolgirl, calls him, “a world wandering scholar, a poet soul among philosophers, intense, passionate, disappearing in the dungeons of the Inquisition, emerging only to meet martyrdom, but in whom the intellectual spirit of our time appears three hundred years in advance.”[6] In his book, Great Leaders in Human Progress, Griggs titled the chapter on Bruno, “The Martyr of Science.” Au contraire, he should have been memorialized as a magus. The Inquisition did not doubt.

While visiting Venice, Bruno was betrayed to the Inquisition, jailed, and eventually sent to Rome. Historians are at a loss as to why he was kept in prison for six long years prior to his short tribunal by the Roman Inquisition in 1599. Bruno’s most representative work, The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast, a satirical indictment of papal Romanism, published in 1584, was singled out during the inquisitor’s summation. According to Gaspar Schopp, Bruno made an ominous overture to the inquisitors, “Perchance, you pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it.”[7] This quip earned him a wooden vice for his tongue, silencing any protest as Pope Clement VIII declared Bruno a heretic and issued a sentence of death. On February 17, 1600, in a central Roman square called the Campo de’ Fiori, he was burned at the stake. As an extension of the unholy union of Church and state, the Roman Church is forever besmirched by its capacity for murderous zeal.

Coming next Mount Graham Arizona the Vatican’s Assimilation of the Sky Island.

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[1] Giordano Bruno, Essays on Magic, in Cause, Principle, and Unity & Essays on Magic translated and edited by Richard J. Blackwell and Robert de Lucca (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 128. See the book here: link

[2] Giordano Bruno, Essays on Magic, 139. See the book here: link

[3] Giordano Bruno, Essays on Magic, 131. See the book here: link

[4] Giordano Bruno, Cause, Principle and Unity, with introduction by Alfonso Ingegno. ed. R.J. Blackwell and Robert de Lucca (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998), xxvii.

[5]Giordano Bruno, On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, Positive Atheism, last accessed January 9, 2013, http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/brunoiuw0.htm.

[6] Edward Howard Griggs, Great Leaders in Human Progress (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1969), 121.

[7] Dorothea Waley Singer, Giordano Bruno, His Life and Thought (New York, NY: Henry Schuman, 1950). Viewable here: Positive Atheism, last accessed January 9, 2013, http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/bruno07.htm.

Why an ET God Appeals to Today’s Culture – Dr. Michael Heiser

From the Ancient of Days First Christian Symposium on Aliens Conference, filmed in Roswell, New Mexico. DVDs available on a name-your-own-price donation basis at http://www.AncientofDays.net

Petrus Romanus Lecture Branson Prophecy Summit 2012

This is my talk from July 2012 which mentions Pope Benedict’s retirement as well as the deal with Israel amongst other significant developments. Thanks to Bob Ulrich at Prophecy in the News for allowing me to post it.

Exo-Vaticana: Giordano Bruno’s Extraterrestrial Diabolicus

By Cris D. Putnam (continued from part 4)
Exo-VaticanaGiordano Bruno (1548–1600) is regarded among extraterrestrial apologists, secular and occult, as a free-thought martyr. Born in Naples, Bruno was a Catholic priest, Dominican monk, philosopher, hermetist, Kabbalist, mathematician, and astronomer. Influenced by Lucretius, his cosmology went well beyond the Copernican model by proposing that the sun was merely a garden variety star, and moreover, that the universe contained an infinite number of worlds populated by intelligent alien beings. Delving deeply into occult lore, Bruno preferred magical to mathematical reasoning. Bruno’s faith has been described as “an incoherent materialistic pantheism.”[1] Moreover, Bruno argued that his beliefs did not contradict Scripture or true religion. Yet, this begs the question: What did he regard as true religion?

Bruno defined magic as “the knowledge of the science of nature.”[2] Within the renaissance worldview, it was common to merge magic and science because both explore and seek to gain mastery over the structure of the universe. Similarly, religion and magic were conflated because both answered the ultimate questions and offered communion with the divine. Accordingly, for Bruno, magic was the tool for realizing the ends of science and religion. While it seems at odds with the cold, hard, materialist posturing we are accustomed to, naturalist scientists are the heirs apparent to many of the occult traditions. Scholars have traced two streams of occultism in Bruno’s work.

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Giordano Bruno

Frances Yates, a scholar of Renaissance occultism, traced Bruno’s thought to the fifteenth-century rediscovery of the Hermetic Corpus, a Gnostic work allegedly authored by Hermes Trismegistus (meaning “thrice-greatest Hermes”), who is a syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth. In Hermetic lore, Trismegistus is credited with having delivered all science, medicine, and magic to mankind. Yates makes the case that during the Renaissance, hermeticism spread like wildfire across the intellectual West, inspiring a revival of Egyptian magic practice and alchemy. In the case of Giordano Bruno, she writes:

Bruno was an intense religious Hermetist, a believer in the magical religion of the Egyptians as described in the Asclepius, the imminent return of which he prophesied in England, taking the Copernican sun as a portent in the sky of this imminent return. He patronises Copernicus for having understood his theory only as a mathematician, whereas he (Bruno) has seen its more profound religious and magical meanings.[3]

Bruno cobbled the atomist extraterrestrial doctrine together with Egyptian magic, creating a system all his own. Yates writes,

Thus that wonderful bound of the imagination by which Bruno extended his Copernicanism to an infinite universe peopled with innumerable worlds, all moving and animated with the divine life, was seen by him—through his misunderstandings of Copernicus and Lucretius—as a vast extension of Hermetic gnosis, of the magician’s insight into the divine life of nature.[4]

Just so there is no ambiguity as to Bruno’s loyalties, Yates elaborates, “Giordano Bruno’s Egyptianism was demonic and revolutionary, demanding full restoration of the Egyptian-Hermetic religion.”[5] Popular among the Jesuit order, the hermetic writings combine Greek philosophy with Eastern religion. This is an interesting amalgamation paralleling Bruno’s life work in that he contributed both to modern science and to the development of Renaissance occultism.

On the other hand, Karen Silvia de León-Jones rejects the popular view of Bruno as hermetic magus and depicts him foremost as a Kabbalist. Kabbalah, meaning “tradition,” is the Jewish mysticism that arose in the twelfth century by interpreting the Torah according to secret or hidden knowledge. León-Jones concludes, “Bruno is implementing those ‘angelic superstructures’ through which demons are controlled, and this is precisely demonic magic.”[6] He operated in the transcendent realms, seeking to access the plurality of worlds and alien beings in which Lucretius had only dreamt. He seems knowledgeable of the extraterrestrial channelings in Nicholas of Cusa’s Of Learned Ignorance, because he outlined a method of obtaining god-like wisdom through “Kabbalistic Ignorance” associated with “certain mystic theologians” within his dialogue Cabala of Pegasus.[7] Bruno scholars explain, “To achieve this, individuals must resolve the paradox (by employing a Kabbalistic reading of the Cabala) of arriving at that most vile baseness by which they are made capable of more magnificent exaltation.”[8] This is a strange paradox indeed.

Next week Bruno Part 2

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[1] William Turner (1908), “Giordano Bruno,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, (New York, NY: Robert Appleton Company). Viewable here: “Giordano Bruno, New Advent, last accessed January 9, 2013, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03016a.htm.

[2] Karen Silvia De León-Jones, Giordano Bruno and the Kabbalah: Prophets, Magicians, and Rabbis (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), 9.

[3] Frances A. Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (New York, NY: Routledge, 1999), 155. See the book here: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=V5DMa7eWOlkC&lpg.

[4] Frances A. Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, 248. See the book here: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=V5DMa7eWOlkC&lpg.

[5] Frances A. Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, 422.See the book here: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=V5DMa7eWOlkC&lpg.

[6] Karen Silvia de León-Jones, Giordano Bruno and the Kabbalah, 21.

[7] Karen Silvia de León-Jones, Giordano Bruno and the Kabbalah, 67.

[8] Giordano Bruno, The Cabala of Pegaus, translated and annotated by Sidney L. Sondergard and Madison U. Sowell (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002), xxxii. Viewable here: http://www.yale.edu/yup/pdf/092172_front_1.pdf