The Prophecy of the Popes Latin: Prophetia Sancti Malachiae Archiepiscopi, de Summis Pontificibus is a series of short, cryptic phrases in Latin which purport to predict the Roman Catholic popes along with a few antipopesbeginning with Pope Celestine II. The alleged prophecies were first published by Benedictine monk Arnold Wion in Given the very accurate description of popes up to around and lack St malachy prophecy end world accuracy for the popes that follow, historians generally conclude that the alleged prophecies are a fabrication written shortly before they were published.
Certain theologians St malachy prophecy end world the Roman Catholic Church have dismissed them as forgery. The prophecies conclude with a pope identified as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will allegedly precede the destruction of the city of Rome. He explained that the prophecies had not, to his knowledge, ever been printed before, but that many were eager to see them. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases.
This manuscript was then deposited in the Vatican Secret Archivesand forgotten about until its rediscovery insupposedly just in time for a papal conclave ongoing at the time. Saint Bernard of Clairvauxa contemporary biographer of Malachy who recorded the saint's alleged miracles, makes no mention of the prophecies. In the prophecies, the pope following Urban VII is given the description " Ex antiquitate Urbis " "from the old city"and Simoncelli was from Orvieto, which in Latin is Urbevetanumold city.
However, the discovery of a reference to the prophecies in a letter has cast doubt on this theory. In this document the entourage of the Cardinal Giovanni Girolamo Albani interprets the motto " De rore coeli " "From the dew of the sky" as a reference to their master, on the base of the link between " alba " "dawn" St malachy prophecy end world Albani, and the dew, as a typical morning atmospheric phenomenon.
The interpretation of the prophecies for pre-publication popes provided by Wion involves close correspondences between the mottos and the popes' birthplaces, family names, personal armsand pre-papal titles. Efforts to connect the prophecies to historical popes who were elected after its publication have been more strained.
One writer notes that among the post-publication post predictions there remain "some surprisingly appropriate phrases", while adding that "it is of course easy to exaggerate the list's accuracy by simply citing its successes", and that "other tags do not fit so neatly".
If we were to place the works of those who St malachy prophecy end world 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 scholarsmakes them as relevant to the second half of the twentieth century as they have ever been.
O'Brien, a Catholic priest who authored an monograph on the prophecies, provided a more scathing assessment:. These prophecies have served no purpose. They are absolutely meaningless.