By Andrea Gagliarducci
ROME – Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, will take part in the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private gathering of global political, business and media leaders, taking place this year in Turin, Italy, June 7–10.
Parolin’s name is included in the list of 131 participants in this year’s event.
His participation in the meeting has not been officially announced by the Vatican, though sources within the Secretariat of State have confirmed that he is scheduled to take part in the meeting.
It would be the first time high-ranking Vatican official has taken part in the Bilderberg Conferences.
Started in 1954 the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, The Netherlands, and named after the same hotel, the Bilderberg Conference gathers each year some 120–150 participants, among them European and North American political elites, along with industrial, financial, academic and media figures.
The first meeting took place at the invitation of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Co-founders of the meeting were Polish politician Jozef Retinger, former Belgian prime minister Paul van Zeeland, and Paul Rijkens, who was then the head of Unilever.
The success of the first meeting brought the organizers to stage an annual meeting.
According to the groups’ official website, about two-thirds of the participants come from Europe, and the rest from North America, and one-third are political figures or government officials.
The original meeting objective was to strengthen U.S.–European relations. Over the years, the annual meetings became a forum for discussion on a wider range of topics, from ecology to trade and monetary policies.
This year’s meeting is set to discuss populism in Europe, the challenges of inequality, the future of work, artificial intelligence, U.S. midterm elections, free trade, U.S. global leadership, Russia, quantum computing, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the post-truth world, and other current events.
The Bilderberg meeting’s official website stresses that discussions are private, no minutes are taken and no reports are written.
The meetings are held under the so-called “Chatham House Rules,” an agreement typical of off-the-record meetings among academics or political leaders. According to that agreement, participants are free to use the information received, but they cannot disclose the identity nor the affiliation of speakers, nor can they disclose the other participants taking part in the conversation.
Dubbed by critics to be a kind of “global shadow government”, and targeted by protesters who picket the meeting, the Bilderberg meeting has has an official website since 2011, and publishes the names of participants in the annual meeting the day before the gathering begins.
Parolin’s participation may be an expression of the “culture of the encounter” encouraged by Pope Francis. The pope has often asked officials to engage a dialogue with the world.
Receiving the Charlemagne Prize May 6, 2016, Pope Francis stressed that ”today we urgently need to engage all the members of society in building ‘a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter’ and in creating ‘a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society.’”
The cardinal’s participation in the Bilderberg Group could be part of a strategy of dialogue the Holy See is engaging with the small influential elite group.
It is noteworthy that last year, Parolin took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, and there he delivered a speech in which he listed the aims of pontifical diplomacy.
This article (Vatican Secretary of State attending elite Bilderberg meeting) was originally published on CRUX and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.
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Why Is A Top Vatican Official Hanging Out At Bilderberg?
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, will participate in this year’s Bilderberg Conference, taking place in Turin, Italy today through Sunday, according to the official guest list of 131 participants.
Parolin’s attendance marks the first time a high-ranking Vatical official has taken part in the conferences, and may have something to do with the “culture of encounter” encouraged by Pope Francis.
The Pope stressed while receiving the Charlemagne Price on May 6th that ”today we urgently need to engage all the members of society in building ‘a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter’ and in creating ‘a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society.’”
Parolin took part in the World Economic Forum in Davos last year where he delivered a speech on pontifical diplomacy. His participation in the Bilderberg conference comes on the heels of the May resignation of 34 Chilean bishops over a pedophile priest scandal.
As we reported on Wednesday, while last year’s event in Chantilly, VA was focused on the Trump administration and “Why is populism growing?,” this year’s themes – most of which can be filed under “pleb management” include:
1. Populism in Europe
2. The inequality challenge
3. The future of work
4. Artificial intelligence
5. The U.S. before midterms
6. Free trade
7. U.S. world leadership
9. Quantum computing
10. Saudi Arabia and Iran
11. The “post-truth” world
12. Current events
In other words – why do Europeans care so much about their “borders, language and culture,” how to keep blaming Russia for said populism, what to do once AI and automation replace most jobs, and how to shape narratives in a “post-truth” world where nobody believes the MSM anymore.
And as we’ve been noting, Italy just took a major step towards populism after the country’s anti-immigrant League party formed a populist coalition with the 5-Star Party, while League leader Matteo Salvini stepped into his new job as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior last Friday – pledging to deport 500,000 illegal immigrants, eschew globalization, monitor mosques and reinvigorate the country’s Christian heritage.
The whole “post-truth” discussion will likely revolve around “fake news” – the label applied to whatever trending topics do not comport with their desired narrative – facilitated through alternative news platforms and social media.
Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars, per usual, provides a great take on the summit:
Although the mainstream media habitually dismisses Bilderberg as a mere “talking shop” with no actual power, there are innumerable examples of the group exerting its influence over world affairs.
In 2010, former NATO Secretary-General and Bilderberg member Willy Claes admitted that Bilderberg attendees are mandated to implement decisions that are formulated during the annual conference of power brokers. If this is the case, it would violate laws in numerous countries that forbid politicians from being influenced by foreign agents in secret.
Founded in 1954, the secretive meeting has been held annually “to foster dialogue between Europe and North America,” according to its organizers.
Around 2/3 of attendees come from Europe with the rest hailing from North America. Around 25% come from politics and government, with the rest from other fields. It’s all very hush-hush of course.
“The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor any other participant may be revealed.”
“[T]he participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions,” the organizers state. “As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written. Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.”
In other words – an orgy of side-deals and master plans…
And if you still think this is all conspiracy theorist craziness and that in fact these elites are meeting to discuss what’s in your best interest; simply listen to what a 39-year member of the Steering Committee had to say about one of their main goals.
Although members do not as a rule discuss what goes on within its conferences, Labour MP and onetime party deputy leader Denis Healey, a member of the steering committee for more than 30 years, did offer a clear statement of its intentions when quizzed by journalist Jon Ronson for his book Them in 2001.
“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair,” he said.
“Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”
And now the Vatican is involved…
This article (Why Is A Top Vatican Official Hanging Out At Bilderberg?) was originally published on Zero Hedge and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.