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Will Rome Be Destroyed? - V

The Last Pope?

Homer Sweeney
The secular press began to release a few stories about the Prophecies of St. Malachi after John Paul I died in September 1978, after serving only 33 days as pope. Suddenly, there were only three popes left following the St. Malachi's Prophecy.

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A page from the Lignum Vitae of St. Malachi

While in Rome in the year 1139, St. Malachi, the Irish Archbishop of Armaugh, wrote 112 short very accurate Latin phrases about future Popes, the descriptions he made indicated their birth places, cities where they lived, family affiliations or, in many cases, their coat of arms. The document was found in the Vatican Secret Archives in the year 1556 and published in 1595 by a Benedictine monk in his Lignum Vitae, a history of the Benedictine Order.

Some historians and theologians have called it a forgery and doubted its validity because the document was unknown for 400 years, and while the early prophecies were quite accurate, some in later years have been questioned.

This objection can easily be answered, since a quick overview shows that hose mottos written over 900 years ago about the most recent Popes are, indeed, very precise. A few examples follow with the motto in italics and translated into English:

The 107th Pope John XXIII Shepard and mariner: He was the pastor of Venice, a sailor’s city, and frequently wore clothing displaying a large sailboat.

108 – Paul VI - Flower of flowers: His coat of arms had three lilies.

109 – John Paul I - Of the half moon: He was Vicar General for the Diocese of Belluno, which means beautiful moon. He was Pope for 33 days, starting with a ½ moon and concluding with the other half.

Francis the Roman

Francis the Roman, bent on destruction

110 – John Paul II - Of the solar eclipse: He was the only Pope to be born on the day of an eclipse of the sun and to be entombed the day the sun was eclipsed. Part of the Message of Our Lady of La Salette reads: “The Church will be eclipsed, the world will be in consternation.

111 - Benedict XVI - Glory of the olive: We don't know any particular symbolism of Benedict XVI or Card. Joseph Ratzinger related to the olive.

112 – Francis - Peter the Roman – He took the name of St. Francis of Assisi whose middle name was Peter and stressed the fact that he is the Bishop of Rome, “I am a Roman,” downplaying his role as Supreme Head of the Universal Church.

The question of matching up a few mottos with the Popes is not the real reason some Novus Ordo Catholics think this prophecy is a forgery. This is nothing but a diversion from the truth. The real problem is that they do not want to believe the final statement about the persecution of the Church because it does not fit their agenda that there is no Hell and all are saved:

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

What do we think about these application of the titles of St. Malachi to the Vatican II Popes?

Besides the fact the that some of these titles certainly do not readily apply to the recent Popes without a great effort to force meanings, we also must face that these Popes actually abandoned the Catholic Faith and should be referred to as apostates rather than receive honorific titles. That is, the great apostasy that they directed is not mentioned. Such an omission is difficult to admit in a true prophecy.

Notwithstanding, let me give it the benefit of the doubt and try to see if the final statement of St. Malachi harmonizes with the Apocalypse and corresponds to our days.

A dreadful judge will judge his people

This Judgment of Nations is described in the Apocalypse but many Catholics are not familiar with this portion of Sacred Scripture because it is written as a symbolic vision.

The Judgment will take place after the destruction of Rome and the great Chastisement, according to St. John in the Apocalypse. Then, after this Chastisement, St. John sees the souls of those who are to participate with Christ in the government of His Church for a thousand years or until the Last Judgment.


Rome will be destroyed as punishment for its infidelity

They are the Saints who worshipped neither the beast nor his image, nor did they receive his character on their foreheads. In particular, they are the Martyrs who gave their lives “for the testimony of Jesus and the word of God.” (Apoc 1:2)

The wicked, the rest of the dead, live not the life of the soul because they have been condemned to the eternal torments of Hell. The reign of the Saints and Martyrs with Christ in Heaven is called the first resurrection. The resurrection of the body at the Last Judgment shall be the second.

The city of seven hills will be destroyed.

In the Apocalypse, a second Angel announces the approaching fall of Babylon. The terrible destruction and desolation of Rome, sometimes referred to as the Judgment of Nations and considered by others the consequence of Vatican II, is the punishment for Rome's many sins and for the sins into which it has led other nations. Rome will be destroyed and remain forever but a heap of ruins.

In the deciphered version of the Third Secret it says: “Because the dogma of the faith is not conserved in Rome, its authority will be removed and delivered to Fatima. The cathedra (or chair) of Rome will be destroyed and a new one built in Fatima.”

On March 9, 2004, John Paul II, following directions in the deciphered version of the Third Secret of Fatima, had the cornerstone of Peter’s tomb moved from Rome to Fatima. This could well be the only physical remains from Rome of the Holy Roman Church.

If we consider as authentic the Prophecy of St. Malachi and combine it with the Apocalypse, we have that the destruction will take place after Peter the Roman has finished his tribulations and before his death, which means in the lifetime of most of us.

After Francis, what happens?

After the three days of darkness, according to other prophecies, Saints Peter and Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new Pope. (here) This would mean, different from the Malachi prophecy, that Francis would not be the last pope of the Church.

Our Lord affirms in various prophecies that He will reform His people and His Church, and He will send zealous priests to preach His Faith. The Holy Spirit will renew the world and religious orders will be re-established.” (here and here)

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Will there be another Pope?

This would mean a long period of time when Christ will reign "on earth as it is in Heaven," a great triumph. We also know how that triumph will be achieved.

On July 13, 1917, Our Lady told the three children of Fatima: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted the world.”

In her third sentence to the seers of Fatima on May 13, 1917 in the first apparition, Our Lady told them: “I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of the month, at this same hour. Later I shall say who I am and what I desire. And I shall return here yet a seventh time.”

Could this seventh apparition of Our Lady be at the time the world is purified and the Reign of Mary begins? It would be certainly appropriate for the Queen of Heaven to appear to usher in that glorious age.

To be continued

Posted February 9, 2022

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