In 1139, Malachy was Archibishop and traveled to Rome from ireland to give an account of his affairs. While in Rome, Malachy received a vision about the future which included the name of every pope, 112 in total, from his time until the end of time. We currently are at the end of the second to last prophecy, with Benedict XVI at the helm.
St. Malachy had written about the 112th pope:
"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."
St. Malachy prophesied that the final pope would be "Peter the Roman", which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal appointment.<more>
I think they can rename them when they officially become pope so Peter 1 may stillbe an option.Of course. They're almost all renamed. That's why Pope Benedict XVI had his name, rather than "Joseph Ratzinger Nazi Youth Kid-toucher I". But once the new guy picks his name and is inaugurated as such, that's it. Either a Saint is an imperfect liar, and Catholism is revealed as an elaborate or deeply flawed fraud for only the 63,213,910,513th time, or else it's all true for once and it's time to prepare for the Apocalypse.
Of bigger concern is the impact to the "Pope on a rope" soap manufacturers if this gravy train really ends.Oh, I whole-heartedly agree. What does one use such a shaped soap for, anyway ?
Again so soon? *sigh* It seems to come around quicker and quicker each year.C'mon, Manny. Each time the Apocalypse is averted, there's got to be another prophecy just around the corner to keep the dumber of the sheep interested...
For those 'hard to reach" places.I suppose one has to be a priest to find out for sure. ...or an altar boy.
Just a guess.
Remember when the Catholics said the world would end when the year 999 became the year 1000?No, I don't remember. Let's ask Budwiser- he was only 35 back in those days...
"Like it matters who is Pope to begin with...
PAPAL PROPHECY OF ST. MALACHY
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