The Pope and Prophecy

The Pope and Prophecy

The Pope and Prophecy

by Brian Hay

Not many are aware that there is a long, ancient list of
predictions that relate directly to the enthroning of every
successive Pope since the time of the twelfth century. They were
written and recorded by an Irish Priest named Malachy
O’More. Over the ensuing period of history these prophecies
have proved to be uncannily accurate relating to their detail and
fulfilment. They are presented here with the intention that you
might be the judge of them as there will no doubt be both
affirmative and negative comment regarding their source and

Pope Benedict XVI's Papacy
was prophesied by Malachy

Cardinal Ratzinger’s promotion to the position of Pope
in 2005 was accurately foretold by this sage who lived 800 years
ago. Furthermore, there is some specific information contained in
his writings, pointing to the fact that he also states this Pope
would be the last Pope. As you will see from the prophecies
themselves which are included later in this article, there is
some question relating to the last Pope mentioned in the

To explain this discrepancy, many believe that there was some
reaction by the order that presided in power at the Vatican at
the time. As such they decided that the last Pope mentioned in
the prophecy was not to be seen as one that would bring about the
transition to eternity and final judgment, so they added another
Pope to the prophecy, namely Peter of Rome. But most agree the
last Pope mentioned is the 111th (111x6=666 Editor’s note)
which would be the one that would be elected as the final Pope on
the list, before the end of the world.

This Priest, Malachy O’More, according to all that is
written about him, was known for his honesty, his piety, his
personal compassion and approachability. You will see from the
biography below he was known as a righteous yet simple man
seeking nothing but to set an example of Christ. There will be
those who would question the assessment of these facts regarding
this man, but he seems to be one who lived his life with the same
respect and the same piety as Francis of Assisi. In doing so he
predicted pretty much the birth, the reign, and the death of each
successive Pope, together with a list of each ones recognized
title, a definition of his style of leadership, and other
relevant details. Here is his profile.

MALACHY O’MORE was born in 1094 at Armagh, Ireland, and
died in 1148 at Clairvaux. He was the son of a teacher. Upon the
death of his parents, he entered religious life. He studied under
Saint Malchus, the Abbot at Bangor. He was ordained as Bishop of
Connor at age 30, and Archbishop in Armagh, Ireland at 35.
Malachy replaced the Celtic liturgy (the "Stowe" missal) with the
Roman liturgy in an effort to bring uniformity and discipline to
the clergy and those in religious life. A miracle worker
andhealer, he sometimes cured people instantly by laying his
hands upon them. He was a friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
who helped him establish the Cistercians in Ireland, wrote his
biography, and was with him when he died.

One of Malachy’s great claims to popular fame was his
gift of prophecy. While in Rome in 1139 he received a vision
showing him all the Popes from his day to the end of time. He
wrote poetic descriptions of each of the pontiffs, presented the
manuscript to Pope Innocent II - and it was forgotten until 1590.
It has been in print - and hotly debated, both as to its
authenticity and correctness ever since. According to these
prophecies, there is only one Pope remaining after Benedict XVI.
(This prophecy of another following Pope is questionable)

Inside St. Peters

St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote of him in his biography saying -
"He submitted himself to the rule of man, condemning himself
while alive to the grave, that he might attain the true love of
God. Not being like those who undertake to teach others what they
have never learned themselves, seeking to gather and multiply
scholars, without ever having been at school, becoming blind
guides of the blind. His obedience as a disciple, his love of
silence, his fervor in mortification and prayer, were the means
and marks of his spiritual progress."

From the first day of his conversion to the last day of his
life he lived without personal possessions. He had neither
manservants nor maidservants; nor villages nor hamlets; nor, in
fact, any revenues, ecclesiastical or secular, even when he was
Bishop. There was nothing whatever assigned for his episcopal
upkeep for he had not a house of his own. But he was always going
about all the parishes, preaching the Gospel and and actively
living by the Gospel.

Prophecies of Malachy concerning the final five

The words of the 108th prophesy are "Flos Florum" (Flower of
Flowers). The 108th pope after Innocent II was Paul VI (1963-78).
His coat of arms included three fleurs-de-lis - that is, iris

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

The 110th is "De Labore Solis" (Of the Solar Eclipse, or, From
the Toil of the Sun). The corresponding Pope is John Paul II
(1978-2005). John Paul II was born on May 8, 1920 during an
eclipse of the sun. Like the sun he came out of the East
(Poland). Like the sun he has visited countries all around the
globe while doing his work (he was the most-traveled pope in
history). Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar
eclipse, and comes from behind the former Iron Curtain. He might
also be seen to be the fruit of the intercession of the Woman
Clothed with the Sun labouring in Revelation 12 (because of his
devotion to the Virgin Mary).

The Papal Crest

The 111th prophesy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the
Olive). The Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this Pope
would come from their ranks. 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
fight against evil. The corresponding Pope to this description is
Benedict XVI, recently installed as the new Pope, having been
known up to this point as Cardinal Ratzinger. Ratzinger is son of
Jewish parents and at age 77 believes his reign will be

The 112th prophesy 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. The End."

As mentioned prior there is information suggesting this last
Pope on the list (112th) was not mentioned by Malachy but added
to the list by someone else. Whether he thought Benedict
(Ratzinger) was the last is difficult to prove.

It’s worth stating that the original prophecies of
Malachy did not contain the Petrus Romanus motto - it was added
after the 1820 publication of the prophecies.

Time will tell but the details have been 100 per cent accurate
thus far.

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