"Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. "Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house."Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will."
I don't know if the situation to be described is what Our Lord had in mind when He uttered the words found in Matthew 24:15-21, but it is a logical candidate.
Yesterday was the feast of St Francis of Assisi. This poor saint has always been trivialized as a progenitor of "flower children" and hippies. Witness all the birdbaths that exploit his image. But yesterday, with the pope's participation (not mere approval but active participation), idolatry occurred in the Vatican in the name of St Francis. From Catholic News Agency we read of a tree-planting ceremony that included all sorts of pagans and even a Franciscan brother kneeling and bowing before a carved image of two naked and pregnant women, praying to it in a circle. If nothing else, this incident provides stark evidence that environmentalism is not much more than pagan gaia worship.
Here is a video from Catholic News Service (not to be confused with Catholic News Agency) showing participants, including the Franciscan, bowing before the statue. All are committing idolatry, but the greater culpability lies with the Catholics in that gathering. Please note that CNS is the news arm of the USCCB. That the USCCB allows this idolatry to be published is a sign that the progressives therein are simply becoming bolder about their disdain for the One True God.