Pope Francis uses a “stang” during the opening Mass of the Youth Synod

Pope Francis uses a Stang during Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the Youth
Pope Francis holds up during the Opening Mass of the Youth Synod an unusual, forked bamboo staff, commonly called a “Stang” – a symbol commonly associated with the occult and witchcraft.

During the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the Youth on October 3, Pope Francis carried during Mass a strange, forked, bamboo-like staff with bizarre connections to occultism, instead of the expected traditional Christian cross.   

The gesture has caused a lot of controversy online, with many commentators questioning why the Pope chose to open a major Church event by holding up not the crucifix of Our Lord Jesus Christ, but a strange, forked staff that has no visible connections with any Christian symbolism.  

Origin of the Forked Staff

Youth present Pope with the Stang.
Some youth presented the Pope with the Stang, with a specific personal request that the Pope use it during the Opening Mass of the Youth Synod.

The forked staff was given to the Pope by two females at a youth rally at the Circus Maximus in Rome back in August.  Some acute observers have noted the occult nature of the forked staff, as well as the occult bracelet worn by the females who presented the staff to the Pope. The young woman could be seen wearing a knotted “red thread talisman bracelet”.  The red string bracelet is a very common talisman in witchcraft/Wicca and Kabbalah, which is basically a hybrid of Talmudic Judaism and witchcraft.

Top Articles:

Masonic Hand Signals Explained

Was Pope Benedict XVI Forced to Resign?

Third Secret of Fatima: A “False Church” in the End Times, According to Padre Pio

The Book of Truth: The Second Coming of Jesus Will Happen in this Generation

Did the Pope Use a “Stang”?

According to organizers, the young people who presented the strange forked staff to the Pope specifically requested that the Pope use it during the opening Mass of the Synod on the Youth – a request that apparently the Pope happily obliged. 

Further investigation shows that the staff topped by a fork used by the Pope is related to witchcraft and Wicca, and in the United States, it is called a stang.  

A Stang is a witch/warlock’s ceremonial staff.  It is always forked, and always has an iron nail driven through it. The iron nail in the Stang symbolizes multiple things, including a phallus/coitus, a mocking of the Crucifixion of Our Lord. Ideally it has a human form carved or integrated into it somehow.  The Stang signifies several things, the first being a satan himself.

In a blog written by a witchcraft practitioner who describes herself as a “suburban witch”, the writer describes the purpose of the “Stang”, based on the popular witch aft book entitled “The Devil’s Dozen” written by the Satanist and witch Gemma Gary.  Here is a glowing review on this book, written by a satanist:  “Using traditional witchcraft and folklore practices as inspiration she (Gemma Gary, the author) has created thirteen unique rites.  All with the intent to bring us closer to the Devil.”

Below is the purpose of the Stang, according to the witchcraft blogger, and based on the book “The Devil’s Dozen”:

Gary describes the Stang as primarily a symbolic tool rather than a working one, and as such it stands in for the Devil himself, holding his power and his dual nature. The Devil and the Stang is often less about strict duality  and more about the transgressing of boundaries, The Devil being a spirit I often think of as non-binary and difficult to define in terms of absolutes.

Another occultist author explains the purpose of the Stang: 

The Stang is adored by many modern Traditional Witches, myself included. It’s a tool whose use powerfully evokes a sense of connection to something old and primitive. In its simplest form, a forked staff, Witches use the Stang in various ways including representing the Horned One, aiding in spirit flight, and directing energy.

Witch Stang compare to Pope Stang
Above left is a “Stang” used by a witch, who documented its purpose in a personal blog. Compare the witch’s stang with the Pope’s staff used during the Youth Synod.

The Rise of the False Prophet, the Second Beast in the Book of Revelation

Many reputable Marian apparitions and prophecies have all predicted the rise of a false Pope in the end times, or the times immediately preceding the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus.  

In La Sallete, Our Lady predicted: “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist”. 

In the book “Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests” which contains the messages of Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, founder of the Marian Movement of Priests (with imprimatur and nihil obstat), the Blessed Virgin prophesied the emergence of a false church in the end times due to the infiltration of Freemasonry to the very top of the Church:

The black beast like a leopard indicates Freemasonry; the beast with two horns like a lamb indicates Freemasonry infiltrated through the whole of the church, that is ecclesiastical Masonry, which has spread especially among the members of the Hierarchy.

This Masonic infiltration, in the Church, was already predicted byMe in Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would beintroduced upto the summit of the Church.

If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bringing them to the worship of a false god, the purpose of Ecclesiastical Masonry is instead the destruction of Christ and his Church, building a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (no. 675) itself states that just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the Church will be rocked by a “final trial” of the Faith because of a “religious deception”:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.

A New Form of the Cross?

Finally, in the messages of Our Lord given in the Book of Truth, Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us of the forced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI due to pressure from Freemason clergy who have infiltrated the Church, as well as the rise of the False Prophet (the Pope after Benedict XVI), who will  dramatically change the Catholic Church, and “introduce a new form of the Cross”: 

Cast scorn upon My Word now, and you will weep tears when these acts are brought before you. Soon, not long afterwards, the garments worn by My sacred servants, will be altered and a new form of the Cross will be introduced. The new atrocity will not be based on the simple cross. Instead it will feature, discreetly, the head of the beast.

Pope Francis has used various strange crosses throughout his papacy.
Pope Francis has used a variety of strange-looking crosses in his papacy, such as: a cross with what looks like a snake head in World Youth Day Brazil (top left), a “communist cross” (top right), and a “yin yang” cross (bottom left).

The Pope has a history of doing away with the cross of Jesus during public events, and instead utilising more “non-traditional” symbols, such as a “snake cross” (World Youth Day in Rio, Brazil), a “yin-yang” looking cross, a “communist cross”, and others.

Paul Simeon, Veritas


  1. I would want to learn where these youths came from, if they knew what this “stang” represents n who gave it to them n why did they want it used at the opening Mass?!?!

  2. Thank you for the explanation on the stang cross from the witches. It is very informative and I can easily share it will my family, friends, priests and religious and caution them from coming under the influence of the false prophet and his false church in the name of “obedience”.

  3. We should not be surprised about bergolio, and his accioms, nor shoud we
    believe, that he will resign. He has not completed his masonic mission, and
    that is to wreak havoc not only on the church, but also on the entire world.

    1. The Woman cannot be defeated . Our sword and shield is Her rosary and brown scapular . Fight for her and this creature Bergolio will go down .

Leave a Reply