(Picture of Vatican Papal Guard, Sistine Chapel, 1922 A.D.)
Cardinal Manning on the persecution during this,
the Apostasy: "... the powers of the world will wreak upon the Church of God such a revenge as the world before has never known.
of God tells us that towards the end of time the power of this world will become so irresistible and so triumphant that the Church of God will sink underneath its hand — that the Church of God
will receive no more help from emperors, or kings, or princes, or legislatures, or nations, or peoples,
to make resistance against the power and the might of its antagonist. It will be deprived of protection. It will be weakened, baffled, and prostrate, and will lie bleeding at the feet of the powers of this world. ...