A review of this pontificate demonstrates this Pope´s effort to lead Europe to a future which embraces its Christian roots in order to flourish.
CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - Among the Biblical texts most often used to defend the selection of Peter, and His successors, to lead the Church which Jesus founded is this passage from St. Matthews Gospel:
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood 12 has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 16:13 – 19)
Other translations of the text speak more graphically, using the phrase, the "gates of hell".