St. Malachy was a 12th century Irish Archbishop of Armagh, who predicted, from a prophetic vision, that the next Pope after Benedict will be the last, known as Peter the Roman (Petrus Romanus), who will guide us through trials and tribulations leading to the destruction of Rome and the time where Gods people will be judged. “In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop]. Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations: and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.“
Some believe that it all refers to an Italian pope who would take Peter’s name but this is not necessarily the case. After all Polish Karol Wojtyła became Pope John Paul II and German Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI.
In 1139, Malachy went on a pilgrimage to Rome to give an account of his affairs. It was during the return trip that he received a vision about the future that included the name of every pope, totaling 112 from his time, who would rule until the end of time. Is the Catholic church about to nominate the last prophecy.
“His predictions are taken very seriously. As one report states: ” In 1958, before the Conclave that would elect Pope John XXIII, Cardinal Spellman of New York hired a boat, filled it with sheep and sailed up and down the Tiber River, to show that he was “pastor et nautor,” the motto attributed to the next Pope in the prophecies.” As for the prophecy concerning the 111th pope, Pope Benedict, the prophecy says of him, “Gloria Olivae,” which means “the glory of the Olive.”“
St. Malachy documented his vision to Pope Innocent II, but the document remained buried in the Roman Archives until its discovery in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine historian, as part of his book Lignum Vitæ.
Although the church apparently believes the document to be a forgery, many of the prophecies do hit the nail on the head.
Click on Catholic-Pages.com to read what they say about the Prophecy of St. Malachy.
To see a list of popes and corresponding mottos click on Prophecy of the Popes.