Many reputable Marian apparitions and prophecies have all predicted the rise of a false Pope in the end times, or the times immediately preceding the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus.
In La Salette, Our Lady predicted: “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist”.
In the book “Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests” which contains the messages of Our Lady to Fr. Stefano Gobbi, founder of the Marian Movement of Priests (with imprimatur and nihil obstat), the Blessed Virgin prophesied the emergence of a false church in the end times due to the infiltration of Freemasonry to the very top of the Church:
The black beast like a leopard indicates Freemasonry; the beast with two horns like a lamb indicates Freemasonry infiltrated through the whole of the church, that is ecclesiastical Masonry, which has spread especially among the members of the Hierarchy.
This Masonic infiltration, in the Church, was already predicted by me in Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would be introduced up to the summit of the Church.
If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bringing them to the worship of a false god, the purpose of Ecclesiastical Masonry is instead the destruction of Christ and his Church, building a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church
The Catechism of the Catholic Church(no. 675) itself states that just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the Church will be rocked by a “final trial” of the Faith because of a “religious deception”:
Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
Finally, in the messages of Our Lord given in the Book of Truth, Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us of the forced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI due to pressure from Freemason clergy who have infiltrated the Church, as well as the rise of the False Prophet, who will dramatically change the Catholic Church, and “introduce a new form of the Cross” (April 30, 2013 message):
Cast scorn upon My Word now, and you will weep tears when these acts are brought before you. Soon, not long afterwards, the garments worn by My sacred servants, will be altered and a new form of the Cross will be introduced. The new atrocity will not be based on the simple cross. Instead it will feature, discreetly, the head of the beast.∎
By Paul Simeon, Veritas