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The Prophecies of St. Malachy Predict Judgment Day
February 21, 2013James F Byrnes Freshman Academy
According to Discovery News, St. Malachy, an Irish archbishop during the 12th century, received a vision from God in 1139 about all of the popes to come. According to his prophecies, the next pope will be the last before judgment day, or the beginning of the end of the world.
The documents were in the Vatican Archives for almost 500 years until rediscovered by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon in 1590. Malachy gave the prophecies to the then current pope Innocent II, who left them in the Archives.
Each prophecy consists of a brief, Latin phrase stating something about each pope. There are 112 phrases and according to Discovery News, Benedict XVI, who just resigned, is number 111. The prophecy says that “Petrus Romanus” or “Peter the Roman” will “feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the City of the Seven Hills (Rome) shall be utterly destroyed, and the awful Judge will judge the people.”
Judgment Day is a religious belief about the end of time, following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans based on the good and evil of their earthly lives, said the Huffington Post.
The last 10 prophecies have been somehow connected to the popes, according to Free Republic News. For example, the prophecy of Benedict XVI was “Gloria Olivae” or “glory of the olive.” Proponents say that members of a group in the monastic order, founded by St. Benedict, are known as Olivetans.
Discovery News says that Celestine II, elected in 1143, was born on the shores of the Tiber River in Tuscany and that his prophecy says the first pope would be “from a castle on the Tiber.”
Father James Weiss, a professor of church history at Boston College, told The Huffington Post the there is no original manuscript of the premonition. Weiss believes that Malachy’s prophecy is a hoax founded by Benedictine Arnold de Wyon in 1590.
Weiss also says that there is a line between the predictions for number 111 and 112. “It reads, ‘In the extreme persecution in the Holy Roman Church there will sit…’ It’s an incomplete sentence.”
According to the Huffington Post, Weiss and a lot of other scholars believe that an incomplete sentence indicates unidentified popes between “glory of olives” and “Peter the Roman”.
Dr. Thomas Groome, chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College, told The Huffington Post, "For myself -- and even as a native Irishman -- the 'Prophecies of St. Malachy' are a grand old fun tale that have about as much reliability as the morning horoscope."