Ed Brown

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On February 3, 2014
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If we were to place the works of those who repudiate the Prophecies of Malachy on scales and balance them against those who accept them, we would most likely reach a fair equilibrium. The popularity of the prophecies, makes them as relevant in the 21st century as they have ever been before.

The Malachy Prophecy was first published in 1595 by Benedictine monk Arnold Wion and is simply a list of 112 short, cryptic phrases in Latin which predict the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few antipopes), followed by a longer paragraph dedicated to the final pope who Malachy prophesied to be named “Petrus Romanus,” or “Peter the Roman,” who’s reign ends with the destruction of Rome and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The paragraph from The Malachy Prophecy devoted to the 113th Pope:

“In the extreme 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 will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.”

Counting Popes

Starting with Celestine II whose reign started in 1143 and lasted only 164 days – and given the very accurate description of popes throughout history we can begin counting popes as Malachy did, beginning with Celestine II (he was pope number 165) matched on a one-to-one basis to the list of historic popes since the prophecies of Malachy were written Benedict XVI (2005-2013) would correspond to the second to last of the papal descriptions (POPE 112).

Pope Benedict, who abdicated his position in February 2013 and claims the move  was prompted by God during a mystical experience, said at the time of his resignation,“My strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” but according to credible sources with the Catholic news agency Zenit – less than 6 months later Benedict changed his story and boldly stated “God told me to,”  when asked why he stepped down. A senior Vatican source said the report was reliable: “The report seems credible. It accurately explains the spiritual process that brought Benedict to resign,” he said.

Benedict was the first pontiff to abdicate in more than 600 years – paving the way for Pope number 113 the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio now known as Pope Francis, who chose his new name after St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis’ birth name was Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone. Pietro di Bernardone translated into English means Peter of Rome.

Francis the 113th

So what do we know, thus far, about this 113th Pope? Francis is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European Pope since Pope Gregory III in 741, 1272 years earlier.

It’s also become quite obvious that Francis is a radical in terms of political views. His politics wreak of the current state of westernized, apologetic, appeasement oriented socialism which has taken over the United States and threatens other large countries around the world.

Since becoming pope – Francis has pontificated on everything from the church’s “obsession” with rules to how he won’t judge gays – often representing a departure in tone if not message from previous church leaders and causing the Church to spin heavy damage control following his most controversial statement yet:

“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”

pope-rolling-stoneAtheists who obviously don’t follow Christ’s teaching “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” according to this Pope – will go to heaven regardless of their relationship, or lack thereof, with Jesus. According to Francis it’s not just those who follow Jesus’ commandments to the letter who will be rewarded with eternal life, but all relatively nice people who “do good works,” a sentiment which is in direct conflict with Catholic philosophy.

Pope Francis was the first pope to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, joining the ranks of a topless Janet Jackson, scantily clad Red Hot Chili Peppers, a totally nude John Lennon and a surprisingly tame Lady Gaga with a cover line which sums it all up in one brief sentence:

“The times they are a-changin.'”

Pope Francis was also put on the cover of The Advocate, the country’s leading publication for the gay and lesbian community, which also designated him its Person of the Year, noting the decision was made in large part to Francis’ comment about homosexuals: “Who am I to judge a gay person?”

When asked his views on abortion, birth control and gay marriage Pope Francis took a page out of the politicians guide to the galaxy and deferred:

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

Pope Francis on Islam

His atheist remark may be his most controversial so far, but his complete lack of understanding of Islam is even more disturbing. Taken directly from his lengthy Apostolic Exhortations from the Vatican website(pdf here):

Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship and become fully a part of society. We must never forget that they “profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day”.

The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration and it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services. Many of them also have a deep conviction that their life, in its entirety, is from God and for God. They also acknowledge the need to respond to God with an ethical commitment and with mercy towards those most in need.

In order to sustain dialogue with Islam, suitable training is essential for all involved, not only so that they can be solidly and joyfully grounded in their own identity, but so that they can also acknowledge the values of others, appreciate the concerns underlying their demands and shed light on shared beliefs. We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition.

I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries! Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.

This Pope’s words could certainly be construed as liberal as well as controversial. When the viewer backs away and the rest of the worlds situations and problems begin to enter the viewfinder – Pope Francis’ position as the 113th and final pope becomes even more realistic with violence constantly erupting in the Middle-East as Syria, with it’s biblical city of Damascus, is engulfed in a battle that threatens to spill over into Israel which is in a war of it’s own with the Palestinians for control of the Gaza Strip – which contains the biblical towns of Jerusalem and Bethlehem as well as the tombs of many prophets including Abraham.

Obama and Francis

Obama plans to visit with the pontiff in March of this year.

Prophecy of the Popes Conclusion

How much support do you think exists for the Prophecy of Popes and how many skeptics exist who refute it as a fairytale? Peter Bander, then Head of Religious Education at a Cambridge college, wrote in 1969:

If we were to place the works of those who have repudiated the Prophecies of Malachy on scales and balance them against those who have accepted them, we would probably reach a fair equilibrium; however, the most important factor, namely the popularity of the prophecies, particularly among the ordinary people (as distinct from scholars), makes them as relevant to the second half of the twentieth century as they have ever been.

Skeptics contend that the Prophecy of the Popes is a forgery – written just before the time of publication in 1595.


In Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here, internationally acclaimed author Thomas Horn and respected theologian and apologist Cris Putnam share their investigative research into what you can expect to unfold in the coming days, and, more importantly, what you can do to be prepared for the arrival of Petrus Romanus and the kingdom of Antichrist.


Clyde Lewis predicted on at least 3 occasions in 2012 that Pope Benedict the XVI would either die or step down. Benedict announced his resignation on February 28th, 2013 making Lewis’ predictions off by just 60 days. He’s considered an expert on the Malachy Prophecy and the 113th pope … and for obviously good reasons. Listen to what Lewis has to say: