Who was Saint Malachy? This famous 12-century Irish priest (1049-1148) had predicted the number of future Popes with eye-catching accuracy. He had allegedly seen a vision of the future lineage of Popes, so he wrote it down and gave it to the Vatican. In addition to his striking prophecy concerning the number of future Popes, Saint Malachy also described each Pope with a short descriptive info (motto) in Latin such as: Ex eremo celsus (Elevated From a Hermitage). |
A Belgian priest, Arnold de Wion, allegedly found the Malachy"s original manuscript in the Vatican and included it in his book Lignum Vitae, which was published in 1595.
Opponents argue that the Malachy"s list is a fake elaborated by Arnold de Wion some 447 years later. However, the Malachy"s prophetic mottos describe every Pope quite accurately even after the year 1595. After its rediscovery by de Wion the Vatican authorities said that the list had been a fake.
The last Pope, however, is not numbered, so the motto about Petrus Romanus (whom some scholars consider to be the last 112th Pope) may only be a continuation of the previous motto (Gloria Olivae).
The list of Popes that Malachy had predicted can be found in English Wikipedia here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophecy_of_the_Popes
Critics also say that Nostradamus created the list, because he wanted to avoid persecution, and he might also use de Wion as his disguise.
The motto for the last Pope (Petrus Romanus - either the 111th Pope characterized as Gloria Olivae and complemented with yet another motto; or the 112th Pope, but not numbered as other Popes) is: 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; when they are over, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible or fearsome Judge will judge his people. The End.
"The city of seven hills" may be anything - even the world"s system, as we got used to it (conspiracy theorists term it as Matrix). There is, too, a particular uncertainty about the word "persecutione". Arnold de Wion used an abbreviation "psecutione", which means both persecution and the duration of time - "prosecutione." The original Malachy"s list ends with the number 111 (with a two-word motto: Gloria Olivae).
It is well known that Pope Benedict XVI comes from the Olivetan order, which was founded around the year 1313. Pope John Paul II, the 110th Pope in the order, is described with the motto Labor de Solis (From the Work of the Sun); he was indeed born on the day of a solar eclipse.
Nostradamus" prophecies are written in verses, which are very difficult to understand, and their interpretation can have hundred directions. One argument for the notion that Nostradamus disguised himself as Malachy is the time when the Malachy"s prophecy slithered to light - in the year 1595, shortly after the Nostradamus" death (1566). The second argument is that Arnold de Wion lived at the same time as Nostradamus and they could know themselves.
Malachy does not say anything about Black Pope, but one Quatrain (C6Q16) in the book Les Propheties written by Nostradamus may indicate the arrival of a black Pope:
That which will be carried off by the young Hawk,
By the Normans of France and Picardy:
The black ones of the temple of the Black Forest place
Will make an inn and fire of Lombardy.
Nostradamus" prophecies are divided into centuries (cycles of time). It is clear from the above verses that Nostradamus spoke in riddles. But Pope Benedict XVI has a black man in his Coat of Arms (known as Caput Aethiopum in heraldry). Scholars are not yet sure about its origin.
Apart from many speculations, there is one thing we know for sure - the Malachy"s Prophecy is very accurate. Do your own research as regards the mottos to every Pope and find out. The result is astonishing!
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