prophecy of popes

Posted: May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

The most famous and best known prophecies about the popes are those attributed to St. Malachy. In 1139 he went to Rome to give an account of the affairs of his diocese to the pope, Innocent II, who promised him two palliums for the metropolitan Sees of Armagh and Cashel. While at Rome, he received (according to the Abbé Cucherat) the strange vision of the future wherein was unfolded before his mind the long list of illustrious pontiffs who were to rule the Church until the end of time. The same author tells us that St. Malachy gave his manuscript to Innocent II to console him in the midst of his tribulations, and that the document remained unknown in the Roman Archives until its discovery in 1590 (Cucherat, “Proph. de la succession des papes”, ch. xv). They were first published by Arnold de Wyon, and ever since there has been much discussion as to whether they are genuine predictions of St. Malachy or forgeries. The silence of 400 years on the part of so many learned authors who had written about the popes, and the silence of St. Bernard especially, who wrote the “Life of St. Malachy”, is a strong argument against their authenticity, but it is not conclusive if we adopt Cucherat’s theory that they were hidden in the Archives during those 400 years.

These short prophetical announcements, in number 112, indicate some noticeable trait of all future popes from Celestine II, who was elected in the year 1130, until the end of the world. They are enunciated under mystical titles. Those who have undertaken to interpret and explain these symbolical prophecies have succeeded in discovering some trait, allusion, point, or similitude in their application to the individual popes, either as to their country, their name, their coat of arms or insignia, their birth-place, their talent or learning, the title of their cardinalate, the dignities which they held etc. For example, the prophecy concerning Urban VIII is Lilium et Rosa (the lily and the rose); he was a native of Florence and on the arms of Florence figured a fleur-de-lis; he had three bees emblazoned on his escutcheon, and the bees gather honey from the lilies and roses. Again, the name accords often with some remarkable and rare circumstance in the pope’s career; thus Peregrinus apostolicus (pilgrim pope), which designates Pius VI, appears to be verified by his journey when pope into Germany, by his long career as pope, and by his expatriation from Rome at the end of his pontificate. Those who have lived and followed the course of events in an intelligent manner during the pontificates of Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius X cannot fail to be impressed with the titles given to each by the prophecies of St. Malachy and their wonderful appropriateness: Crux de Cruce (Cross from a Cross) Pius IX; Lumen in cælo (Light in the Sky) Leo XIII; Ignis ardens (Burning Fire) Pius X. There is something more than coincidence in the designations given to these three popes so many hundred years before their time. We need not have recourse either to the family names, armorial bearings or cardinalatial titles, to see the fitness of their designations as given in the prophecies. The afflictions and crosses of Pius IX were more than fell to the lot of his predecessors; and the more aggravating of these crosses were brought on by the House of Savoy whose emblem was a cross. Leo XIII was a veritable luminary of the papacy. The present pope is truly a burning fire of zeal for the restoration of all things to Christ.

The last of these prophecies concerns the end of the world and is as follows: “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign 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. The End.” It has been noticed concerning Petrus Romanus, who according to St. Malachy’s list is to be the last pope, that the prophecy does not say that no popes will intervene between him and his predecessor designated Gloria olivæ. It merely says that he is to be the last, so that we may suppose as many popes as we please before “Peter the Roman”. Cornelius a Lapide refers to this prophecy in his commentary “On the Gospel of St. John” (C. xvi) and “On the Apocalypse” (cc. xvii-xx), and he endeavours to calculate according to it the remaining years of time.

 Malachy’s Prophecies – The Last 10 Popes 

1. The Burning Fire. PIUS X. 1903-1914. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual
renewal in the Church.

2. Religion Laid Waste. BENEDICT XV. 1914-1922. During this Pope’s reign saw Communism
move into Russia where religious life was laid waste, and World War I with the death of millions
of Christians who were carnage in Flanders Field and elsewhere.

3. Unshaken Faith. PIUS XI. 1922-1939. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and
sinister powers in Germany and Italy, but he was an outspoken critic of Communism and
Fascism which enraged Hitler.

4. An Angelic Shepherd. PIUS XII. 1939-1958. This Pope had an affinity for the spiritual world
and received visions which have not been made public. Peter Bander says Pius XII “has emerged
as one of the great Popes of all time,” and he “was in the truest sense of the word an Angelic
Pastor to the flock…”

5. Pastor and Mariner. JOHN XXIII. 1958-1963. John was a pastor to the world, much beloved,
and the Patriarch of Venice. The connection to “mariner” is thus remarkable.

6. Flower of Flowers. PAUL VI. 1963-1978. Paul’s coat-of-arms depicts three fleurs-de-lis,
corresponding to Malachay’s prophecy. His coat of arms included three fleurs-de-lis (iris
blossoms).

7. Of the Half Moon. JOHN PAUL I. 1978-1978. John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26,
1978, when there was a half moon. He reigned 33 days, that is, about one month, when he died,
although many think he was murdered. He was the 109th Pope – 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.

8. The Labor of the Son. JOHN PAUL II. 1978-2005. Pope John Paul II was the most traveled
Pope in history. He circled the globe numerous times, preaching to huge audiences everywhere
he went. He survived an assassination attempt. He has written a book which has enjoyed a large
circulation. Like the sun which never ceases to labor and provides light daily, this Pope has been
incessant. He was born on May 18, 1920. On that date in the morning there was a near total
eclipse of the sun over Europe. Prophecy – The 110th Pope is “De Labore Solis” (Of the Solar
Eclipse, or, From the Toil of the Sun). Like the sun he came out of the East (Poland).

9. The Glory of the Olive. The Order of St. BENEDICT has said this Pope will come from their
order. It is interesting that Jesus gave his apocalyptic prophecy about the end of time from the
Mount of Olives. This Pope will reign during the beginning of the tribulation Jesus spoke of. The
111th prophesy is “Gloria Olivae” (The Glory of the Olive). The Order of Saint Benedict has
claimed that this pope will come from their ranks. 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 fight against evil.

10. PETER THE ROMAN – The 112th prophesy states: “In the final persecution of the Holy
Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, 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. The End.”

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