These are my speculative predictions for the year 2014, based on my understanding of eschatology and the signs of the times.
In the Church:
Pope Francis will declare that the Church has the authority to ordain women deacons. Then he will set a date for the ordination of women deacons to begin. Pope Francis will restrict the use of the Vetus Ordo (the Latin Mass). Pope Francis will permit a multiplicity of forms of the Novus Ordo Mass (the vernacular Mass). Pope Francis will teach that non-Christians can be saved without converting to Christianity, and that non-believers can be saved without converting to belief in God. Many conservative Catholics will depart from the Church as a result of these teachings and decision by Pope Francis.
The Holy See will issue formal disapprovals for many claims of private revelations. The Holy See will disapprove of very many false private revelations, as well as a few true private revelations (including Medjugorje and Garabandal). Many Catholics who have become overly attached to true private revelation or who have been led astray by false private revelation will depart from the Church as a result.
The great apostasy begins in 2014. The release of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium will then be seen as the starting point for the apostasy. For in 2014 the Pope will put into action the words that he wrote in that document.
In the World:
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will die in 2014, probably by assassination. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will become the Supreme Leader, while he is still President.
In 2014, Iran will obtain nuclear weapons and will reveal this to the world. Iran will take steps to consolidate its power in the other Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa. Next, Iran will strike New York City with a nuclear bomb, resulting in the start of a third world war. I think that all these events unfold in 2014. But after Iran obtain nuclear weapons, perhaps it will be a year or two (2015 or 2016) before they use those nuclear weapons against us. The tribulation begins when World War 3 begins.
During the same period of time 2014 to 2016, the world economy will experience great problems. Civil unrest will increase and reach unprecedented proportions worldwide. Food prices will rise; availability of some foods will fall. There will be runs on supermarkets, food shortages, rationing, and out-right famine.
Please understand that my writings about the future are speculative eschatology, based on study and interpretation, not based on knowledge that is absolute or certain.