reply to post by troubleshooter
Here is a list of St Malachy's last eight popes...
Pius XI (1922-1939) Fides intrepida (Intrepid faith)
History: This Pope stood up to Fascist and Communist forces lining up against him in the lead up to World War II.
Pius XII (1939-1958) Pastor angelicus (Angelic Shepherd)
History: This Pope was very mystical, and is believed to have received visions. People would kneel when they received telephone calls from him. His
encyclicals add enormously to the understanding of Catholic beliefs (even if they are now overlooked because of focus on the Second Vatican Council,
which occurred so soon after his reign).
John XXIII (1958-1963) Pastor et Nauta (pastor and marine)
History: prior to his election he was patriarch of Venice, a marine city, home of the gondolas.
Paul VI (1963-1978) Flos florum (flower of flowers)
History: his arms displayed three lilies.
John Paul I (1978) De medietate Lunæ (of the half of the moon)
Hist.: Albino Luciani, born in Canale d'Agardo, diocese of Belluno, (beautiful moon) Elected pope on August 26, his reign lasted about a month, from
half a moon to the next half...
John Paul II (1978-2005) De labore Solis (of the eclipse of the sun, or from the labour of the sun)
History: Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse. He also comes from behind the former Iron Curtain (the East, where the Sun
rises). He might also be seen to be the fruit of the intercession of the Woman Clothed with the Sun labouring in Revelation 12:1 (because of his
devotion to the Virgin Mary). His Funeral occurred on 8 April, 2005 when there was a solar eclipse visible in the Americas.
Benedict XVI (2005-) Gloria olivæ
The Benedictine order traditionally said this Pope would come from their order, since a branch of the Benedictine order is called the Olivetans. St
Benedict is said to have prophesied that before the end of the world, a member of his order would be Pope and would triumphantly lead the Church in
its fight against evil. While the Holy Father chose the name "Benedict", this does not seem enough to fulfil the prophecy. Nor is it clear how
Benedict XVI (a Bavarian) is "Glory of the Olives". Since he is said to have remarked in the Conclave after saying he would take the name Benedict
that it was partly to honour Benedict XV, a pope of peace and reconciliation, perhaps Benedict XVI will be a peacemaker in the Church or in the World,
and thus carry the olive branch.
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, &
Judex tremêdus judicabit populum suum. Finis.
(In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at
the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people.