Century Prophecy on the Pope
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The first thing we want to say upfront is
that what you are about to read has been widely dismissed as a hoax by
religious scholars. That said, the world may soon end. Judgment day
approaches. The clue? Pope Benedict XVI's rise to the papacy.
According to a 12th
century Catholic prophecy by the Irish archbishop St. Malachy, who was
recognized for his ability to see into the future, Pope Benedict XVI
fits his description of the second-to-the-last pope before the Last
Judgment, report Reuters and WorldNetDaily. The Bible says the Last
Judgment is when God will separate the wicked from the righteous.
Legend has it that
St. Malachy was traveling to Rome in the year 1139 when he had a vision
concerning the next 112 popes. Benedict XVI is No. 111 on that list.
St. Malachy described pope No. 111 as the "Glory of the Olive."
Here's where you may
have to stretch your imagination a bit to connect Benedict to an olive,
although the Internet doomsayers seem to have had an easy enough time
of doing this.
crowd points to this:
- The choice of the name "Benedict" is a
reference to the Order of Saint Benedict. A branch of this order is
known as...are you ready? The Olivetans.
- Benedict XVI chose his name in part to honor
Pope Benedict XV, whom the new pope described as a "courageous prophet
of peace." Get it? Olive branches have long been associated with peace.
- During Palm Sunday celebrations in March 2005,
then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was photographed holding olive branches
and not the more traditional palms.
Reuters notes that
scholars have long dismissed the wide publication of St. Malachy's
prophecy as nothing more than a propaganda attempt to influence a 16th
century conclave. But those who believe are not swayed by this. They
insist that Pope John Paul II fits Malachy's description of pope No.
110, who was supposed to be "of the labor of the Sun." Turns out that
Pope John Paul II was born on the day of a full solar eclipse and died
on the same day as a partial eclipse.
And that brings
us to the last pope in Malachy's vision, pope No. 112. He is
supposed to be Peter the Roman, who will lead the Catholic church
before "the formidable judge will judge his people." Since Pope
Benedict XVI is 78 years old, it is presumed his reign will not be
long. And then we will welcome the last pope and the Last Judgment.
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