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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
    Eugenio Pacelli
    Pastor Angelicus
    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
    Flos Florum
    Translated: Flower of Flowers

  • 109. John Paul I 1978 - 1978
    Albino Luciani
    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
    "Gloria Olivae"
    Translated: The Glory of the Olive

  • 112. The last pope!
    "Petrus Romanus"
    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.