posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 08:41 PM
A brief introduction…
The Prophecy of the Popes was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine historian, as part of his book Lignum Vitæ. The prophecy was
taken from a forgotten manuscript, deposited in the Roman Archives, and which Wyon attributed to Saint Malachy, a 12th century bishop of Armagh in
According to the traditional account, in 1139, Malachy was summoned to Rome by Pope Innocent II to give an account of the affairs of his diocese.
While there, he purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of short cryptic Latin phrases. The sequence begins
with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concludes with a future pope, number 268th, described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", whose
pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome and the Last Judgment.
According to Malachy, the 267th pope is called 'Gloria Olivae,' or 'glory of the olive.'
The choice of the papal name Benedict is significant; Cardinal Ratzinger’s birthday is the 16th of April - the feast of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre
(26 March 1748 - 16 April 1783), also known as ‘The Holy Pilgrim’. With his first name already being Joseph, together with Benedict, Joseph Alois
Ratzinger’s Christian namesake is now complete.
Although Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger is not from the order of Saint Benedict, The Benedictine Order is known by another name … ‘Olivetans’.