The Last Pope? Revisiting the Prophecy of St. Malachy

two popesArchbishop Ganswin, papal secretary to both Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, has dramatically brought the Church’s attention back to an ancient prophecy that predicts that Benedict XVI will be the second-to-the-last pope prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

In an interview last May 20, 2016, on the occasion of the launch of a book about Benedict XVI’s papacy written by Fr. Roberto Regoli, Archbishop Ganswin  called attention to the “prophecy of the popes” attributed to St. Malachy, and said that prophecy is a “wake-up call”.

St. Malachy, an Irish Catholic bishop, was known as a gifted prophet, even predicting the date of his own death in 1148. The first native-born Irishman to be canonized, he is known in the Roman Catholic Church for his work as a healer, a miracle worker, and as a reformer of the Church in Ireland. He was canonized in 1190 by Pope Clement III. Malachy was visiting Rome in 1139 when he went into a trance and received a vision. He wrote down this extraordinary vision in which he claims to have foreseen all of the popes from the death of Innocent II until the destruction of the church and the return of Christ. He named exactly 112 popes from that time until the end.

Number 111 on the list, the “Glory of the Olive”, is Benedict XVI because the Benedictines have a branch called the Olivetans. Pope Benedict XVI was not a Benedictine priest, yet he chose the name of Benedict, founder of the Order of Saint Benedict. The symbol of the Benedictine order includes an olive branch. The prophecy, therefore, foretells that Benedict XVI is the second to the last pope prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

“Indeed, when looking at the prophecy, and considering how there was always a sound reference to popes mentioned in its history – that gives me the shivers,” Archbishop Gänswein said. Although Catholics aren’t required to accept the prophecy, “speaking from historical experience, one has to say: Yes, it is a wake-up call.”

First published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine monk, Malachy’s prophecy consists of 112 short Latin descriptions of future popes. Each of these descriptions identifies one outstanding trait for each of these future popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who was elected in 1130. This list stretches all the way from the time of St. Malachy to the present, describing, among many others, Pope John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and finally, “Peter the Roman”, the last pope prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Incredibly Accurate

Although through the years many critics have questioned the authenticity of the prophecy, many scholars and even clergy have come to its defense, citing the incredible accuracy of the descriptions of the future popes.

Scholars have matched up the descriptions with each pope since that time.  For example, Malachy’s description of John XXII, who held the papacy from 1316 to 1334, is “de sutore osseo,” which means “from the bony shoemaker.” This particular pope was, indeed, the son of a shoemaker, and held the family name of “Ossa,” meaning bone. In another close match, Malachy used the term “lilium et rosa” to describe Urban VII, whose family crest was composed of roses and lilies.

The prophecy for Paul VI was “Flos Florum” (Flower of Flowers) and his coat of arms contained three fleurs- de-lis (Isis blossoms). The description for John Paul I was “De Medietate Lunae,” (the Half Moon). He was baptized Albino Luciani (white light), was born in the diocese of Belluno (beautiful moon), became pope when there was a half moon (Aug. 26, 1978), and died after an eclipse of the moon.

John Paul II was prophesied under the title “De Labore Solis,” (from the labor of the sun), and indeed he was born during an eclipse of the sun on May 8, 1920.

A modern version of Malachy’s prophecies was published in 1969 by Archbishop H. E. Cardinale, the Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg. Cardinale wrote “it is fair to say the vast majority of Malachy’s predictions about successive Popes is amazingly accurate – always remembering that he gives only a minimum of information.”

The Final Entry: The Last Pope

The final of the 112 Latin entries of the prophecy reads as follows.

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.

There are three important points to note with regard to this final entry:

First, It foretells the “final persecution of the Holy Roman Church”.  Many Church events today bear witness to this reality that indeed, the Holy Roman Church is severely being persecuted, both by outside forces, as well as by “wolves in sheeps clothing” that are within the Church herself.  Prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, there will be many “tribulations” that the Church and the faithful will have to bear.

Second, the city of the seven hills (Rome) will be destroyed.  The prophecy foretells the coming destruction of Rome.

Third, “Peter the Roman” will be the final pope.  Some reputable prophecies have pointed out that in the end times, there will reign a “false pope” who will create a false church.  Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, one of the greatest mystics of all time, saw a vision of the end times, where she saw the “baleful relationship between two popes”, and how the false church grew and size.  The Church-approved apparitions of Our Lady of Lasallete likewise predicted: “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist”. Fr. Stefano Gobbi, founder of the Marian Movement of Priests and Laity, likewise received interior locutions from Our Lady, predicting that the false pope in the end would commit the “horrible abomination”, which would consist in the abolition of the Eucharist and the forming of a false , one-world ecumenical Church.  The messages given to Fr. Gobbi have received the nihil obstat and imprimatur; millions of faithful, and thousands of clergy, are part of the Marian Movement of Priests.

If there will be a false pope in the end times, as predicted by numerous reputable mystics and Marian apparitions, who then is “Peter the Roman”? While many have interpreted “Peter the Roman” to refer to Pope Francis, there is a weight of evidence, covered by this publication, which seems to indicate that Pope Francis is leading the Church in a vastly different direction from his predecessors.

In the messages of Jesus given to Maria Divine Mercy, Jesus explains that “Peter the Roman” is St. Peter himself, who will pasture the Church directly from the Heavens during the final persecution of the Catholic Church by the enemies that have taken their seat at the highest echelons of the Church hierarchy.

The prophecy of St. Malachy is, in the words of Archbishop Ganswein, a “wake up call for us.”  We are all called, in these perilous times, to become true soldiers of Jesus Christ, fighting to proclaim the full truth of the Catholic Faith against all error, and praying and imploring Our Lord: “Maranatha!”, come Lord Jesus!

28 thoughts on “The Last Pope? Revisiting the Prophecy of St. Malachy

  1. Hi Paul! Very well written and well explained. With your permission I will re-blog it, giving you full credit. All for the glory of God in His Holy Mission: the Jesus To Mankind Mission of Salvation. God bless ✝️✝️✝️


    • Bergoglio is the False Prophet listed in chapters 16,19,20 and is not the Pope as Benedict did not resign. In Latin he wrote he only resigns the active practice of the ministry. Francis was installed by Freemasons who threatened Benedict XVI with death if he did not resign after appointing 20 Italians as cardinals as they needed 20 votes to elect Francis.


      • Chapters 16,19,20 Book of Revelation. Francis is not the pope so maybe one more pope who may be evil like Francis as he is appointing many Cardinals who have no clue what end is up from third world nations. Peter the Roman could be Peter the Apostle in Heaven who will be invisible but return with Christ and rule for the 1,000 reign of Christ on earth.


      • That’s very interesting John. I agree that Bergoglio is not the pope and is the False Prophet of scripture. If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get the information about Benedict being threatened with ‘death’? I have never heard that theory. Thank you. God bless+


      • Would not a Pope choose death rather than allow the Church to be misled? Even the story above about the Cameroon bishop noted what a glorious way it is to die for the Church (not that persecution/martyrdom is ever easy…) Or is this possibly just the way things were to happen? Maybe if he had been killed, it would have just appeared as a natural death and thus all this discussion and clarity not be possible?


      • Susan I agree that Pope Benedict would probably have accepted martyrdom over most other alternatives. So you think about what they may have held over him… scandalise the Catholic Church through him, put his brother in gaol? Who knows what threats? In the end I think Our Lord reassured him that this was in Revelations but the time would be short. In the end Benedict will be martyred, if he is the pope of prophecy as we believe. Francis may appear to be killed but will be healed as if by a miracle. People will praise him more then. In the meantime it is said that the fact Pope Benedict lives, prevents the Anti-Christ from coming in to power at this time. So the False Prophet only reigns. This allows time for people to see the Truth.


  2. The followers of our lord can not and dare not follow bergoglio. They are exact opposites. We
    therefor can be confident, that the moment of the glory of our lord is nie.


  3. The best info I could get are 2 apparitions. One in 1817 a French nun was shown that 2020 is the latest Christ will come. A more recent one said, “When the bad pope comes he will not be seen as evil for first 3.5 years but his last 3.5 years he will be seen easily as evil. Bergoglio took office March,13, 2013 so by this reckoning he will be out around March 2020. He definitely is not Peter the Roman but an imposter coup d’etat installed by Freemasons after threatening Benedict with death. Remember in 2012 a Cardinal visiting China said the Pope was going to be killed. It was in all US newspapers.


  4. Francis the False Prophet who has seized the Seat of Peter said, “Jesus can not perform magic so he did not feed 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. All present just opened their lunch buckets and shared.” If Jesus can not perform magic Francis aka Jorge Bergoglio is going to end the Eucharist which priests can perform the miracle daily.


  5. Peter the Roman is the next Pope after this whatever he is, deluded Pope. Marxist-Pope, pseudo-Pope, anti-Pope, false Pope, you choose, who will restore all things in Christ.


  6. I have just finished reading a (2017) letter from the Director General of the Marian Movement of Priests, Fr. Larroque. He is basically pounding the drum to ‘Follow Pope Francis” because the Blessed Mother has said many times that in order to remain in the Church we MUST be loyal to the Pope, and ‘follow his lead’. He claims that people are not reading the entire ‘Blue Book’ when they say that Francis is the False Prophet of the Bible and are taking that out of context. Logically speaking, I don’t see how in the world we can follow a ‘Pope’ that promotes anything but true Catholicism. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think we do need to stay in the boat and be true to our Catholic faith, but in order to do that, we cannot follow this man’s lead.


    • How can any one be so stupid! Catholism must remain subordinate to christianity, just like the
      pope must remain subordinate to christ. When the pope elevates himself to the level or even
      abouve our lord, or when the pope anulafies, perverts, distorts, rejects or denys, what is anchord in the holy scriptuers, he becomes anathama, and to follow him is to follow satan. Be
      not fooled, god does not only demand from us faith, but he also demands that we us the brains,
      that he has given us.


    • Yes TLM, you are right. The new director is wrong. I have read the Blue Book too. He is covering for Francis and trying to divert the Marian movement. Francis is not a true pope. The pope is Benedict. We must be loyal to Christ and His teachings and His Sacraments- in their true form. Always contradict heresy. When people say “But Francis says..” just respond with “But do you know what JESUS says…?” And then enlighten them. There will come a time when the true sacrifice of the Mass and gathering of the Faithful is ended by Francis. Do not worry. Mass will be offered in secret refuges. A lot of them, but not all, may be TLM masses. You will know when the time has come; it is not yet. We remain obedient to Christ, His Church (not Bergoglio’s) and all the teachings of the Magisterium.


  7. Thanks Donna, and indeed I couldn’t believe that this guy was telling his ‘flock’ that they had to be true to Francis. Right! Francis the DECEIVER. Francis the BETRAYER. How is it that there are still some who absolutely cannot see the apostasy going on? Follow Francis and you follow him right into the abyss. Poor Fr. Gobbi, obviously, there are some in the MMofP that are leading people astray.


    • I’ve heard that it’s the new leadership of the MM of P. He seems ‘planted’. Determined to take a pro-Francis view from the start. The followers have been confused and divided over it. The messages are clear and so is the evidence!


      • Indeed, if you think about it, this is a great possibility. They have infiltrated most everything else in the institutional Church at this point, so why not the MMofP as well.


      • I don’t know if it’s a deliberate infiltration or not. By reading Fr Geremia’s letter endorsing Francis, I think he is confused and hopeful. He says that in the Synod of the family, PF WAS TRYING TO REVEAL ERROR IN ORDER TO CONDEMN IT. Wonder what he thinks now??! A full and correct reading of the Blue Book (messages given to Fr Gobbi) instead reveals what is to come. And now is here. Obedience to any pope can only occur is the man is the pope which Francis is not. I owe him no obedience nor any any pope even if licitly elected, who is a heretic for they do not represent our Lord or lead His Church.


  8. So true Donna! I feel this way: Even if a Pope (say for instance that Bergoglio is the Pope) we are not only ‘allowed’ to ignore his heresy, WE ARE NOT TO FOLLOW. We will answer to the Blessed Lord some day if we follow heresy. I will resist whether or not he is or isn’t the Pope. Even if you throw out all the prophesies of the times we are living in, for instance, ‘he is the False Prophet’ etc., all you have to do is watch what he does and listen to what he says to know he is not Catholic. We have a duty NOT to follow and even to speak out in resistance to his total apostasy! He presents all the evidence needed all on his own.

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  9. The instrument that ushers in the prophesied great Apostasy is Amoris Laetitia.
    Affirming this Apostasy is the Prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi- “Not a pastor, but a destroyer” refers to the present head, come in his name..
    The Prophecy of St. Malachy to the last Pope which is Pope Benedict followed by “Peter the Roman”- Not Francis, but St, Peter himself that heads the Roman Church- Catholic Church, is but to Thank God for the Church that moves in the Spirit led by St, Peter tending the sheep, off Joel’s prophecy, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail
    This again confirms the words spoken by Jesus unto Maria Divine Mercy.
    Now, “Amoris Laetitia” can also be called as the Protestant document. Protestantism(1 John 2:19) itself out of a rebellion, broken away from the Church of Thyatira(Catholic Church) through the unrepentant Jezebel Spirit within & without ,today sunk in Sodom/Abortion/Divorce contrary to the basic Catholic principals, all that is against FAMILY & MARRIAGE, unto the prophecy of spiritually “Sodom & Egypt”, America underscored in the beliefs of Egypt, reveals the same underlying beliefs off the Pharisees(Zionists) that killed Christ.
    This Compromising protestant document, come as the Jezebel Script, lined with Modernism applied to faith, warned against by St. Pope Pius X,, pushed through as the Trogan Horse by the present head, in ecunemical madness, trying to make a name unto oneself, that which neither St. Peter not the Apostles neither Our Lady nor Christ sought after, but to the prophesied great Apostasy.
    Thanks God for the church that moves in the spirit led by St. Peter(Peter the Roman) off Joel’s Prophecy, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.
    Thus arises the question , can the Queen save herself, for the one ex-communicated, down the line.


  10. Reading all of prophecy, which I really to fallow learned and prayed all about ,
    Fr. Gobi books, the Fatima’s messages, the Garabandal and manay many more aparations that are taking place. And so on… And you truly experienced and see everything what’s going on arround us. ”
    Our Abba Father, is in control…For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begatten Son.”
    Our Owesome Dearest Jesus Christ, says, follow Me, I Am the Truth and the Life, who ever follow Me will not paristh, but have everlasting life.
    John 3:16. the poor servant of the Lord. Rose

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  11. Now, St. Malachy’s prophecy states “In the final Prosecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign “Peter the Roman” who will feed his flock(the Two Commandments in the spirit & truth of it- His Masters Voice, for said He” My sheep know my Voice”))amid many tribulations, after which the seven hilled city will be destroyed & the dreadful Judge will Judge THE people.The End”
    Now, people like the likes of Protestant Tom Horns are quick to state the seven hilled city as Vatican even twisting the word “The People” to “His People”.
    To this, Rome sits on seven hills,not Vatican, so does New York,in fact the commercial Babylon out of the three parts that Babylon is divided spiritually Today the SIN City(Sodomic Capitol) of the world,even to see its Catholic Cardinal Dolan walking hand in Glove with the Sodomites. It is SIN that Prosecutes the Church which in terms of City, is New York So the City of seven hills & its people that the dreadful Judge will Judge is but New York, & every reason for it,
    It is obvious that the Catholic Church is under heavy pressure/threats/black maillings from its enemies to compromise on its basic principals, to its very Faith,(come down through its Saints)once delivered unto them.
    Christ is Faithful, so are His Apostles & Saints. Thank God for “Peter the Roman”


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