When the cardinals of the world pick John Paul II’s successor, they
may well be choosing the next-to-last pope.
The pope who then follows this choice in the Chair of St. Peter will
be the last pope, and after his reign Rome will be destroyed.
Such has been the prophecy of St. Malachy, an Irish bishop who at
his death in 1148 A.D. was discovered to have left behind a
prophetic list of all future popes beginning with Pope Celestine II,
whose papacy began in 1143 A.D. Malachy included a single line in Latin identifying a characteristic
of each pope.
Historians say Malachy’s prediction – wherein he listed just 112
popes – has been amazingly accurate.
According to his list, there are just two more popes after the late
John Paul II.
Here are the seven last popes as identified from St. Malachy’s list:
106. Pius XII 1939 - 1958
Translated: An Angelic Shepherd
107. John XXIII 1968 - 1963
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
Pastor Et Natua
Translated: Pastor and Mariner
108. Paul VI 1963 - 1978
Giovanni Battista Montini
Translated: Flower of Flowers
109. John Paul I 1978 - 1978
De Medietate Lunae
Translated: Of the Half Moon
110. John Paul II 1978 - 2005
Karol Jozef Wojtyla
De Labore Solis
Translated: From the Toil of the Sun
111. The next pope
Translated: The Glory of the Olive
112. The last pope!
Translated: Peter the Roman
Wrote St. Malachy of the last pope:
"In extreme persecution, the
seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman,
who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of
which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable
Judge will judge the people. The End."
According to his biographer St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in his book
"Life of Saint Malachy," the saint was known to have the gift of
prophesy and had even predicted the exact day and hour of his own
death. Saint Malachy was canonized in 1190 by Pope Clement III.
While in Rome in 1139, Saint Malachy is said to have gone into a
trance and received a vision in which he foresaw all the popes from
the death of Innocent II until the end of time.
Afterward he wrote a few words about each pope and gave the
manuscript to Pope Innocent II, who is said to have deposited it in
Vatican Archives, where it lay forgotten until it was discovered in
1590 and published. At the time, some questioned its authenticity
and it has been the subject of debate ever since.
The manuscript contains 112 prophecies, which scholars have matched
with each of the 110 popes and anti-popes since Innocent II .
Here are the prophecies for the most recent popes:
Paul VI. The words of the 108th prophecy are "Flos Florum" (Flower
of Flowers). The 108th pope after Innocent II was Paul VI (1963-78).
His coat of arms included three fleurs-de-lis (iris blossoms).
John Paul I. The 109th is "De Medietate Lunae" (Of the Half Moon).
The corresponding pope was John Paul I (1978-78), who was born in
the diocese of Belluno (beautiful moon) and was baptized Albino
Luciani (white light). He became pope on August 26, 1978, when the
moon appeared exactly half full. It was in its waning phase. He died
the following month, soon after an eclipse of the moon.
John Paul II. The 110th is "De Labore Solis" (Of the Solar Eclipse,
or From the Toil of the Sun). The corresponding pope was John Paul
II (1978-2005). John Paul II was born on May 8, 1920 during an
eclipse of the sun. Like the sun, he came out of the East (Poland).
Like the sun, he visited countries all around the globe.
Today the final two prophecies are yet to be fulfilled:
The 111th prophecy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The
meaning of the olive is unclear. The Order of Saint Benedict – not
St. Malachy – has claimed that this pope will come from its ranks
and Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the
world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead
the Catholic Church in its final fight against evil.
The 112th prophecy says, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman
Church there will reign Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman), who will
feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled
city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.