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We can rest assured that the cardinal-electors won't be giving these so-called "prophecies" as much as a fleeting thought in their deliberations. This forgery didn't sway the conclave in 1595, and it won't be a factor in 2013, either. I'd even be willing to wager on that - if it were not an excommunicable offense. Continue Reading

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  1. Douglas Gray
    1 year ago

    It is Wednesday, March 13th, and we have Francis the Argentinian, not Peter the Roman. Still, Petrus Romanus could have nothing to do with the new Pope's name or his Country of origin.

  2. Joe Boggs
    1 year ago

    OK, here comes all of the "Peter the Roman" backpeddling as Francis the Argentinian takes the ring.

  3. Bob
    1 year ago

    This author is obviously one of the sheeple afraid to see the truth.

  4. arpad Lar
    1 year ago

    I am tired to read that there is no connection of Joseph Ratzinger to the Glory of the Olives other than of post-choosing of the name of Benedict XVI.
    Wiki: He was elected to pope from the position of "Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni (1993–2005" . At the Malachy list the use of coat of arms is frequent. Check the coat of arms of the city of Velletri. You can find three olive trees in it.

  5. Schwartzwald
    1 year ago

    Cheers on writing the good article Mr. Korson. Sadly, even if the next elected Pope manages to debunk this Peter the Roman nonsense, I fear that many people will find a way to twist the meaning to suit their own purposes.

    That's just the trick with vague prophecies isn't it? By making vague predictions whose interpretations can be stretched to apply to virtually any situation, the prophet can avoid being exposed as being flawed or a phony (not that I would accuse the Saint himself of being a liar, merely those who would use his reputation and holiness for their own ends).

    Ultimately I think it is best to treat the prophecy with utmost skepticism. Men and women have been predicting the End of Days since the birth of the Church and have continued doing so throughout the years as wars, plagues and other staples of human society wreak havoc upon the species. Tis a shame that people put more stock in prophecies of dubious origin than in the words of Jesus, who himself said in Matthew 24:36 that "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

    But then our species is a highly curious and impatient one that simply can't just sit tight and wait for divine providence to happen on its own. No, we seek signs that the Second Coming is nigh in all places: on the News, on the Internet, in our alphabet soup, ETC. Thus like those from many generations before us we quietly wait, citing the "signs" and "tellings" in order to prove that the Final doom is at hand rather than taking the initiative to make the world a better place to live through social justice and love. Then again, fixing the world's problems sounds like too much work so instead its probably best to just sit on our butts and let God do that for us. :P

  6. Kyle
    1 year ago

    I left the Catholic Church because of the hypocrisy in the way we're supposed behave and the way we actually behave. I couldn't deal with the hypocrisy no more... So when Pope Benedict left, (I named my seventh child after him) I instantly remembered the prophecy.

    Tonight I wanted to read up on if there was any word on a new Holy Father and I found this trashy article trying to debunk it's own faithful from looking to the sky. From hoping that they may witness the return of Jesus, their Lord. Jesus who spoke to all the prophets of time... To think with all the attemted debunkings of the church that they wouldn't start to attack it's own faithfull and the beliefs that they hold.

    They don't want us looking in the sky. They want us looking at the television before and after work!


    The comments on this article haS given me hope. Thank you to you all.

  7. mike
    1 year ago

    ha! catch this,,,maybe Peter the Roman is ALREADY in charge. Cardinal Bertone is in charge right now, he is from Rome, and his name is Pietro, Peter...whoah...

  8. Louis Barta
    1 year ago

    Whether or not the next pontiff will be the last pontiff of the present age remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain: no other pope in the history of the Church has ever been elected under the unique circumstance of living on an earth surrounded by a blanket of ionized plasma that -- around a year ago -- was calculated at being 60,000 miles thick and apparently growing at the rate of approximately 15,000 miles per year due to recently-discovered breaches in the earth's magnetosphere that are allowing plasma particles from the solar wind to pass through at the rate of ten to the twenty-seventh power per second.
    I might also mention that -- according to NASA -- our solar system has entered into an interstellar energy cloud (and will remain inside it for the next 3,000 years) that is agitating and altering the way all the heavenly bodies of our solar system (including the Sun) function.
    The world is also poised on the brink of nuclear war -- with North Korea leading the charge.
    These developments, along with countless others, assure us of one thing: the next pope will face many monumental challenges that will probably make him wish he was the last pope and that Christ will come to rescue the world by cleansing it with fire (as Pope Benedict, during his 2011 Christmas Eve Mass homily, asked God to do) and call forth into being the Marian Era of Peace promised by Our Lady of Fatima.

  9. Beth
    1 year ago

    Wow. Surprised at the vehemence with which people insist that such "prophecies" be given credence. Private revelations are never obligatory for the faithful. As such, this whole subject is a matter of opinion. Without a primary source (i.e., writings that we know to have come from St. Malachy himself), I think it's fair to question the validity of these predictions. Personally, I don't put much stock in them. A saint is a holy person, but not necessarily an infallible one. And we don't even know whether these were St. Malachy's words anyway.

    The "prophecy" mentions that "Peter the Roman" will "pasture his sheep in many tribulations". Seems a little more of a long-term gig than the current administrator of the Church, who will likely have served just a few weeks by the time a new pope is elected. And he's emphatically not the pope - but perhaps the haze of centuries could excuse such a simple error. After all, I imagine it's hard seeing so far into the future, even with divine assistance.

    For what it's worth, to all writers and those who comment... "Its" is possessive. "It's" is a contraction for "it is". Drives me nuts.

  10. Anne
    1 year ago

    No one can take the name Peter II. So that is out. I hope the whole prophecy thing is debunked and put in the bin. Yes we are in the end times. Thats obvious, you can just look at the state of the world to see that. Ultimately, we have to work out our own salvation and bring others back to Christ while there is still time. In St. Faustinas Diary, the Lord said that a bright spark would issue from Poland to prepare the world for His Second Coming. That bright light was John Paul II now Blessed. The Church is persecuted everywhere in the world, but we still have to live out the Gospel as Jesus asked. I would suggest that people check out the Divine Mercy which is really the last hope for mankind, Gods infinite Mercy which is there for everyone.

    Jesus said to St. Faustina (in the 1930's) - Speak to the world about My mercy ... It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. (Diary 848)

    Our Lady said to St. Faustina,
    You have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for granting mercy. (Diary 635).

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