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Will The Next Pope Be The Last?

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With the announcement Monday by Pope Benedict XVI that he is stepping down as the Church’s 111th Pope, speculation of his replacement is rampant with talk of he infamous papal prophecies of St. Malachy. St. Malachy, the first Irish saint, had a vision of the next 112 popes. We’ve had 111 since, and are on the verge of seeing No. 112, which Malachy says will be the final pope before the end of the world as we know it.

 

St. Malachy had written about the 112th pope:

“In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”

St. Malachy prophesied that the final pope would be “Peter the Roman”, which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal appointment.

Cardinal Turkson has said in the past that “if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God.” Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo has called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope’s “Senate”, and believes that his status as a potential “papabile” has been elevated due to his 2009 appointment as spokesman for the Second Synod for Africa.Read More

 

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In addition does the date of the Popes announcement Feb. 11 have any significance?  Yes, it is the date of The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16 that year and received the local bishop’s approval after a four-year inquiry. For the story of St Bernadette’s visons read here

 

Some argue the St Malachy prophecies are a 16th century forgery and subject to ambiguous interpretations, while others insist it’s documented in the Catholic Church’s library. One must also remember the end of times and the end of the world mean different things. Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see who the next pope is and what follows.

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