Read about it youself to brush up on what the Prophacy is.
The Catholic Encyclopedia states that St Malachy visited Rome in 1139. While there, he allegedly received a vision of the future in which the lineage
of the popes was revealed to him. He wrote a description of his visions down and gave it to the then-Pope, Innocent II. The description of his visions
was lost soon after and not found until 1590, by one Dom Arnold de Wyon -- a Benedictine monk. As there are no mentions of Malachy's Prophecies prior
to 1590 in any official or unofficial Church record, and as none of Malachy's contemporaries (including Bernard of Clairvaux, who wrote Malachy's
biography and was his close friend) reference the document, and as the Benedictines were at the time of Arnold de Wyon's "discovery" were fighting
for their survival (many of their monasteries had been sacked and their members killed during the wars of the Protestant Reformation) and a document
that showed the Benedictines in a good light would have been a godsend to the embattled order, and as the manuscript has itself disappeared and only
notes about its contents survive, most contemporary, responsible, reputable scholars believe the thing to be a fake from beginning to end.
It is amazing how many people will search around for thier birthplace, name, family, history before papacy, thier death, worldly events, ancestory
etc. to force a square peg into a round hole by any means neccesary to keep the illusion of the Malachy prophacy true.
there's a story that an American cardinal, either Spellman or Cushing, was so eager to become Pope that when Piux XII was near death and the next
Pope, according to Malachy, was to be "pastor et nauta" -- "shepherd and sailor", he hired an Italian sailor to take him on a cruise down the
Tiber River with a flock of sheep on board. It didn't take; the next Pope was Angelo Roncalli, who took the name John XXIII. He had served for a time
in Venice, a city of many waterways where everyone's a sailor per force; and after his election, he promised to be a "good shepherd" to his flock.
Then again, he wasn't originally from Venice (he was born at Sotto il Monte, Bergamo), and "good shepherd" is a common enough phrase among
Not to metion that Malachy's prophecies get pretty vague after 1590 or so -- just more proof of them possibly being forgeries. As anyone knows with
so called Telephone Pysics how vauge they can be and allow the subject to fill in the blanks.
Here are the prophecies for the most recent popes, and some of the "explinations":
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). he was a
native of Florence and on the arms of Florence figured a fleur-de-lis (iris blossoms); he had three bees emblazoned on his escutcheon, and the bees
gather honey from the lilies and roses.
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. (Eclipes was on Oct 2nd, and was mainly visble to only
Russia and China)
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 18, 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.
Please note, the Eclipses was not a full solar Eclipse (Maximum Obscuration=39.468%) and was only visible in australia
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.
Even if the last one were true, and the prophecies reliable, the "end" is subject to interpretation. Does Malachy reference the end of the world,
end of his vision, end of Rome or simply the end of the papacy? For all we know could be that "judge" is someone who removes the Vatican
Now, how many instances of "The glory of the olive" can we come up with. Olive oil, olive brach (peace), Mount of Olvies, Martini Olive, Olive on
Pizza's, Olive skinned, etc... Is this a prophacy that will come true if the Nigerian is elected pope? Or are people making the prophecy self
In the end, Prophesies only are usually realised after the fact. Not going to change mylife any, tho I wonder how much the Prophesies is going to
wiegh on the minds of the members of the conclave who will choose the next pope
[edit on 4/4/2005 by Jehosephat]