( Excerpt:Twilight Language)
How will this week end in Philadelphia for Pope Francis?
The Pope will visit Washington D.C. from September 22-24, New York City from September 24-25, and Philadelphia from September 26-27, 2015. Something feels like it is on the horizon.
This is a pope some have called the first “Black Pope,” because he is the only Jesuit to be named pope. He will go down in history for meeting the USA’s first black president, Barack Obama, #44.
Pope Francis is the Black Pope. I say this not because of an incorrect interpretation of some past dubious documents. The black robed Jesuits, the military branch of the Roman Catholic Church, have attained the highest office in the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope, as I mentioned back in 2013. The first Jesuit Pope would naturally be the first fully “Black” (i.e. Jesuit) “Pope.” It is a circular logical statement that is just common sense, and there is nothing conspiratorial about it.
In general, the use of the term “Black Pope” is often experienced as a derogatory nickname given to the Superior General, usually by the media and never utilized by the Jesuits themselves. Nevertheless, to ignore its use is to be blind to the “name game” being played.
Many authors have come forth framing the new Pope in terms of the fulfilling of the Malachy visions. (See one example, here.)
Intriguingly, Pope Francis now wears white, President Obama’s mother was white, and the character depicted in Black Mass is Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp).
It is a time of contrasts.
The actress Susan Sarandon thinks Pope Francis will be assassinated while he’s in the USA.“I think they’re going to assassinate him,” Sarandon told The New York Daily News on September 20, 2015. “I think he’s done some major, major cleansing of the whole [Roman Catholic] system.”
These days have been predicted to be the “end times,” but that hardly seems to be in the cards. And will Pope Francis be killed on these American shores? Doubtful.
But frankly, I’ve been feeling that a memorable and surprising event will happen in Philadelphia, not Washington, D.C. nor New York City.
The name Philadelphia is from the name of a city in Asia Minor mentioned in Revelation in the New Testament. The name of the city meant “brotherly love” from Greek φιλεω (phileo) “to love” andαδελφος (adelphos) “brother”.
Regarding Pope Francis’ birth name:
Jorge – “farmer” (“earth-worker”); variant of George (Greek) “farmer”.
Mario – Italian, “bitter, rebellious,” “bitter”; associated with the Virgin Mary by acting as a masculinized form of “Maria.” Mary means “bitter, rebellious, be disobedient.” Spanish, Mario, “Hammer,” “Mars” (Roman god of war).
Bergoglio – berg = “mountain” + oglio = “oil”; oglio is also seen as a “collection of miscellaneous pieces;” a “hotchpotch;” a “mixture;” a “medley;” specifically, from 1648, “of various religions.”
Is he really an Argentine? His last name Bergoglio is Italian. His dad emigrated from Piamonte, Italy.
After a period of initial confusion (or the wrong message being sent out to the media), the name Francis used for the new Pope was said to be tied to Saint Francis of Assisi.
And in review…
Did St. Malachy indicate the future of the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church?
Do the prophecies of Saint Malachy give us an insight? Saint Malachy was a 12th century visionary Irish monk, who during a trek to Rome, foresaw all the popes who would reign into the future, to the final one.
When his prophecies were published, 500 years after allegedly being found in the Vatican archives, they were debunked as being false. But intriguingly, the prophecies published in Benedictine historian Arnold Wion’s book Lignum Vitae in 1559, has been demonstrated to be very accurate. Indeed, Malachy’s list, today, from 1139, has been found to be remarkably correct.
Malachy, in verse, wrote down the future names of the Popes in epigrammatic code, which have been clearly linked to the names of the Popes chosen. Malachy’s series of visions are about 112 Popes from Celestine III, who was elected Pontiff in 1130, until the last Pope who is described in his list as Peter Romanus.
The last Pope? Yes, Malachy is said to have seen the end of the Papacy with the election of what would be the next Pope after his also predicted Benedict XVI (The Glory of the Olive).
According to the Malachy prophecies, the last Pope was to be named Petrus Romanus, Peter Romanus, Peter the Roman, or Peter of Roman. “Peter” or a variation on that name is derived from the meaning, “the Rock of the Church,” linking the last Pope to the first (non-Jesus Christ) leader of the Church. (Padre, of course, is another name for “father,” and is related to the name Peter.)
Peter Romanus, in the prophecies, is viewed as the last Pope.
The phrase “the seven hilled city” is a direct reference to Rome. “The Seven Hills of Rome (Italian:Sette colli di Roma) east of the river Tiber form the geographical heart of Rome, within the walls of the ancient city. The original city was held by tradition to have been founded by Romulus on the Palatine Hill.” Source.
The verse is seen as predicting everything from the end of the Papal structure to the end of the world. Will the celibacy of priests end under the next Pope?
The Saint Malachy verses end thusly:
In the persecution of the Holy Roman Church,
There will reign Peter the Roman,
Who will feed his flock among many tribulations
After which the seven hilled city will be destroyed
And the dreadful Judge will judge the people.
Is the Pope Francis Peter the Roman?
What will happen in Philadelphia?
Image: Saul Loeb/AFP
Twilight name on the motorcade: As a CNN reporter pointed out, Pope Francis modestly uses a small car, not a limo or a SUV to get to where he wants to go. The vehicle he employs is a Fiat 500L.
The reporter felt it conveying a hidden message, this choice of his. She said that “Fiat” is what The Virgin Mary said to Gabriel, when she replied about whether she would be open to giving birth to the holy, the Son of God. She said “Fiat,” which means, “Let it be
By Lisa Haven
Since the resignation of Pope Benedict there has been an upsurge of interest in the new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (also known as Pope Francis) and his link to the predictions of an Archbishop from the 12th century, known as, Saint Malachy.
As many of you know, Saint Malachy, was born in Northern Ireland and was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in 1132. Many of those who knew him best said he received the gift of prophecy and witnessed many miracles throughout his lifetime. He was even known to have predicted the day and hour of his death.
In 1139 he received a vision from the Lord which revealed a long list of popes who would rule the church until the end of time (112 Popes total). This vision eventually became known as the “prophecy of the succession of the Popes,” which has resurfaced with the election of the new pope.
Malachy’s last ten Popes according to the “Prophecies of the Succession of the Popes”:
Pope Pius X (1903-1914) received the title, ”The Burning Fire,” from Malachy’s prophecies. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual renewal in the Church.
Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922) received the title, “Religion Laid Waste,” from Malachy’s prophecies. This pope tried to bring peace during World War 1 but failed, which lead to the deaths of millions of Christians. He witnessed the rise of communism which brought an end to the Christian influence in Russia.
Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) received the title, “Unshaken Faith,” from Malachy’s prophecies. This pope witnessed the rise of Nazi Germany, during which time, he was an outspoken critic of communism and fascism. He ruled when Christians were under persecution from the Europeans and stood faithful until his death.
Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) received the title, “Angelic Shepherd.” This Pope had an affinity for the spiritual world and was known as an Angelic pastor to his flock.
Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) received the title, “Pastor and Marine.” Prior to his election, he was the patriarch of Venice, which is a marine city.
Pope Paul VI (1963-1978), received the title, “Flower of Flowers.” His personal arms displayed three lilies.
Pope John Paul I (1978-1978), received the title, “Of the Half-Moon.” This pope was elected during a half-moon and ruled for only one month because he died unexpectedly during the next half-moon.
Pope John Paul II (1978-2005), received the title, “Eclipse of the Sun, or Labor of the Sun.” This pope was born during a solar eclipse and was buried in Rome during another solar eclipse. He was from Poland and used the Solidarity Labor Union.
Joseph Ratzinger (2005-2013) received the title, “The Glory of the Olive.” Joseph chose the name Pope Benedict XVI. Interestingly, the Order of the Benedictines refer to themselves as, “The Olivetans.” Not only that but the name Benedict means “blessing.” If we were to put his name together it can literally mean, “The Blessing of the Olive.” This pope resigned Feb. 2013, which now leads us to the current pope, and his prediction from Saint Malacy.
Is Pope Francis, The Final Pope?
Before I go any further I want to clear something up. It’s always important not to base prophetic understanding upon visions outside of the Bible, even when they come from godly individuals. Our prophetic understanding must come from the revelation of the Biblical prophets. However, if a believer has established a reputation of speaking prophecies that continually come to pass, then their information should be reviewed and considered as a possible prophetic word.
With that in mind, let’s move on. According to Malacy’s prophecy, the 112th pope, will be known as “Peter the Roman,” the last and final pope. Here is the prophecy…
“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”
The current pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose for himself the name of, Pope Francis. No Pope has ever taken on the name of “Peter,” so it is no surprise that Jorge did not either. The shock lies in the fact that Jorge picked the name, Pope Francis, whose real name is, Giovanni di Pietro [or Peter]. Not only that but the word “Roman” implies that the pope must be of Italian decent. Jorge is a native of Buenos Aires, Aregentina, and one of five children of Italian immigrants, thus making him of Italian decent and fulfilling the prophecy of “Peter the Roman.” Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from America, and the first pope from outside Europe since Pope Gregory III in the 8th century. Could this pope be the fulfillment of Malacy’s final prophecy or is there a twist?
The Twist? Is Pope Francis “Peter the Roman,” the 112th Pope, or Will it be the Pope After Him?
If Pope Francis is not the final pope, then the pope after him might be. Currently, there is speculation among Catholic historians who claim that Pope John Paul II was a continuation of Pope John Paul I, and therefore should be counted as one succession, rather than two. Considering Pope John Paul I only ruled for one month, they tend to wrap him together in succession with Pope John Paul II, thus making it one rule. Putting Pope John Paul I and II as the 109th Popes, Joseph Ratzinger as the 110th, Pope Francis as the 111th pope, and the 112th pope in the future. In addition John Paul I was known as ‘half-moon’ and John Paul II ‘the labor of the sun.’ These are the reasons some Catholic historians claim Pope Francis as the 111th pope, not the 112th.
Whether or not Pope Francis is the 111th pope or 112th pope, only time will tell. Either way our safest interpretation of the future lies in the Scriptures and not in outside predictions.
While the Bible does not clearly teach that Pope Francis is the false prophet of the latter days, the timing of the election of Pope Francis is consistent with the time period for the end of the age and the rise of the final Antichrist.
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth [the False Prophet], and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast…he performs signs… he calls down fire from heaven… he’s granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” Revelation 13:11-15
It is possible that the person with two horns like a lamb will be an apostate Pope who will unite apostate Christianity and Islam under his control. He will perform miracles, call down fire from heaven, and create a living, speaking image (or icon) , forcing men to worship the image and the antichrist himself.
Pope Francis or the one after him just MIGHT be the final pope and false prophet spoken of by Saint Malacy, but then again only time will tell…
In May, 2000, the long-awaited “third prophecy” of Fatima was finally revealed by the Vatican. For some, it was a relief and for others an anticlimactic disappointment
The “miracle at Fatima” is arguably the most well-known apparition of the Blessed Mother. Her appearance to three shepherd children in Portugal in 1917 was, according to many witnesses, accompanied by several unexplained events, including a shared vision of the sun dancing and moving about erratically in the sky.
During her many appearances to the children, “Our Lady” bestowed upon them three prophecies. The first two were disclosed by Lucia dos Santos, the eldest of the three children, after she wrote them down in the early 1940s, but the third and final prophecy was not to be revealed until 1960. Well, 1960 came and went, and the third prophecy was not revealed because the Vatican said the world was not quite ready for it. This reluctance to disclose the secret lead to speculation among the faithful that it contained information about our future that was so horrific that the Pope dared not reveal it. Perhaps it foretold a nuclear war… or the end of the world.
THE FIRST PROPHECY
In the first prophecy, the children were shown a terrifying vision of Hell and were told that’s “where the souls of poor sinners go.” Then they were told that the world war then taking place – what we now call World War I – would soon end. “The war is going to end,” Lucia quoted the Blessed Mother as saying, “but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given to you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”
Did this prophecy come true? World War I did indeed end and was followed by a worse war, World War II. But remember that Lucia revealed this prophecy in writing during 1940 – after the Second World War had already begun. Also, it’s interesting that Pius XI is actually named in the prophecy. When the apparition of Our Lady allegedly made the prophecy in 1917, Benedict XV was Pope. Pius XI became Pope in 1922. So either Our Lady also predicted the name of the future Pope, who reigned until 1939, or Lucia did some prophecy fulfilling of her own.
What about the sign of “a night illuminated by an unknown light” before the outbreak of war? According to Fatima Prophecies, “on January 25, 1938, a remarkable display of aurora borealis was visible across Europe, the year before World War II began.” The Secrets of Fatima elaborates: “This aurora appeared as far south as Galicia, Spain, where Sister Lucy was then cloistered, and she, the only survivor of the three Fatima shepherds, recognized it immediately as the sign. Visible even to Pius XI in Rome, the unprecedented aurora was accompanied by a ‘crackling’ sound, possibly attributable to discharges of atmospheric energy. Indeed, in many areas of Europe, panic broke out, as the populace concluded that the world was on fire and that the End had come.” This display of northern lights might have illuminated the night in some spectacular fashion, but even in 1917 the aurora borealis was hardly an “unknown light.” Also, again, Lucia revealed this prophecy after the fact.
THE SECOND PROPHECY
“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays [of each month]. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”
Many believers assert that this prophecy foresees the spreading of Communism by Russia, which had become the Soviet Union. Wars were, of course, fought to halt the spread of Communism. Then in 1984, Pope John Paul II consecrated the Soviet Union. Subsequently, in 1991, the Soviet Union disintegrated into 15 separate countries, but it can hardly be said that Russia has undergone a religious conversion. Has there been peace as predicted? While there haven’t been any worldwide wars, there have been many minor ones (if any war can be considered minor) and the world still is not a peaceful place.
When it comes down to it, the accuracy of the first two Fatima prophecies rests on faith. Skeptics can poke large holes into them while believers hold them up as proof that Heaven has a vested interest in life on the Earth. So what of the third prophecy?
THE THIRD PROPHECY
In 1944, Lucia wrote out the third prophecy, as she said she heard it as a 10-year-old girl in 1917, sealed it and presented it to Portugal’s Bishop of Leiria. She told him that Our Lady’s instructions were that it was not to be revealed to the public until 1960. The Bishop turned over the prophecy to the Vatican. In 1960, Paul John XXIII opened the sealed prophecy and read it, and the faithful anxiously awaited its promised revelation. But it was not to be. In apparent defiance of the Blessed Mother’s instructions, the Pope refused to reveal the contents of the prophecy saying, “This prophecy does not relate to my time.” According to Kathleen A. Keating, however, author of The Final Warning: Your Survival Guide to the New Millennium, “John XXIII fainted when he read the third secret because it specifically states, according to eyewitnesses, that the Pope would betray the flock and turn his sheep over to the slaughter devised by Lucifer himself. John XXIII fainted because he thought he would be the Pope who would open the door to Satan and that he would be the long awaited antipope.”
It has been speculated that subsequent Popes also read the prophecy and likewise chose not to make it public. Now, 40 years later, the complete text of the prophecy has been released, but the controversy surrounding it is far from over.
On May 13, 2000 (the anniversary of the assassination attempt on him), the Pope visited the shrine at Fatima and made a surprise announcement that the secret would finally be revealed. The Vatican then told the world that the secret was a foretelling of the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. The referred-to passage states: “…the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him…”
This scenario hardly describes the attack on John Paul by a lone gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, right in St. Peter’s Square in May, 1981. The setting is not the same, there was no group of soldiers and the Pope, though seriously wounded, was not killed. Ironically, however, Ali Agca – even before the revelation of the secret was made – had said that he was compelled to try to kill the Pope as part of some divine plan, and that the act was related to the third secret of Fatima. And the Pope, shortly after he was shot, said he believed it was the hand of the Virgin Mary that deflected the attacker’s bullet, allowing him to survive.
Since the revelation, the Vatican has been quick to downplay the significance of the prophecy. For one thing, Catholics are under no obligation to believe in the events at Fatima – they can take them or leave them since they are not part of church doctrine. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was a prefect for the Doctrine of Faith and is now Pope Benedict XVI, said about the prophecy: “Those who expected exciting apocalyptic revelations about the end of the world or the future course of history are bound to be disappointed. Fatima does not satisfy our curiosity in this way, just as Christian faith cannot be reduced to an object of mere curiosity. There is no immutable destiny. In the end, prayer is more powerful than bullets and faith more powerful than armies.” He seemed to be implying that the prayers of the faithful had deflected the terrible scene warned of in the prophecy.
Many Fatima devotees are not satisfied with what the Vatican has chosen to reveal, suspecting that they have either altered the message or not disclosed it in its entirety. Why, after all, were five successive Popes so reluctant to make the prophecy public? Ratzinger explained that the secret was kept because of the fuzziness of the message, which he said could by deciphered “only in the light of history.” And when he was asked if the Fatima secrets pertained only to the past, he replied, “I think so.”
Some Fatima devotees are not buying that explanation, however. “We still have a bigger punishment in store for us if we don’t turn away from sin,” said Christopher Ferrara, a spokesman for the Fatima Network in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Others at the center called the Vatican’s interpretation “a whitewash.”
By contrast, Ratzinger put a positive spin on the prophecy. “It encourages us by showing that even in a world which was half destroyed,” he said, “there is a greater force and death does not have the last word. At the end of a century and a millennium, we were able to propose this text to humanity and to the Church in a positive spirit. It indicates that we should use the power of love against the power of violence.”
Kathleen A. Keating wrote of the recent revelation: “The Third Secret of Fatima is still a secret. In the press release issued by the Vatican today, the public was made privy to, at best, a watered down version of one sentence of the true secret. This ridiculous revelation bears no resemblance to the remarks made by Pope John Paul II in Fatima, May 13, 2000, when he said that we are in fact in the midst of Revelation-Chapter 12, verse 3: And another sign in heaven; and behold a great Red Dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns; and on his heads seven diadems… I have a source, deep inside the Vatican, who let me know some time ago that what would be revealed today would only distantly resemble the actual Third Secret, that it would be pared down, containing very little fact.”
Were the messages at Fatima prophecies of our future, warnings about possible outcomes or just imaginings inspired by the faith of three small children? Like most such things, it comes down to what you choose to believe.
John Bosco (from 40 Dreams of John Bosco)
St. Bosco narrated his vision on May 30, 1862
Does this speak of John Paul II?
John Bosco vividly described visions of turbulent water and persecution: enemy boats attacking the ship as the Pope sought to bring the ship between the two columns (one with a statue of the Virgin, labeled Auxilium Christianorum, or “help of Christians,” the second, much taller, with a Host, labeled Salus Credentium, or “salvation of the faithful”).
John Bosco said, “Suddenly the Pope falls gravely wounded. Immediately, those who are with him run to help him and they lift him up. A second time the Pope is struck, he falls again and dies. A shout of victory and joy rings out amongst the enemies; from their ships an unspeakable mockery arises.
This of course sounds much like John Paul II — who has promoted both the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother and who just recently established new mysteries of the Rosary, which were followed by an historic encyclical on the Eucharist. Those are certainly “pillars” of the Catholic Church. We must also call to mind the shooting of John Paul II on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square. Or, is this a composite image that could relate to both John Paul II and his immediate predecessor, John Paul I, both of whom were stricken. It may symbolize the way Pope John Paul I came in, served for only 33 days, and then died in 1979 (some believe suspiciously) — succeeded by the recently deceased John Paul II, who promoted the Blessed Mother and the Eucharist as few pontiffs have.
No pope in history was more dedicated to the Virgin Mary than John Paul II and he had declared the current year as the “Year of the Eucharist.” So dedicated was the Pope that an "M" for Mary was placed on his casket, and this too circled into the St Faustina revelation. As Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out in his funeral homily Friday, 15 April 05, "the Holy Father found the purest reflection of God's mercy in the Mother of God." Also, Evidence suggests that John Paul II was the Pope spoken of at Fatima. Read “Deception of the Century” about Pope John Paul I’s possible murder: here
Pope John Paul II predicted a new spring time in the church…the Catholic Church may well be on the very threshold of this!
Does the below dream of John Bosco speak of the new Benedict XVI and his rather quick election?
John Bosco says,
“But hardly is the Pontiff dead than another takes his place. The pilots, having met together, have elected the Pope so promptly that the news of the death of the Pope coincides with the news of the election of the successor. The adversaries begin to lose courage.”
“The new Pope, putting the enemy to rout and overcoming every obstacle, guides the ship right up to the two columns and comes to rest between them; he makes it fast with a light chain that hangs from the bow to an anchor of the column on which stands the Host; and with another light chain which hangs from the stern, he fastens it at the opposite end to another anchor hanging from the column on which stands the Immaculate Virgin.
Saint Hildegard (12th Century)The time is coming when princes and peoples will reject the authority of the Pope. Some countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The German Empire will be divided.
Before the comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm, and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies.
[After the] great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed.
All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of God.
A powerful wind will rise in the North, carrying heavy fog and the densest dust, and it will fill their throats and eyes so that they will cease their butchery and be stricken with a great fear.
Bishop Christianos Ageda (12th Century)In the 20th century there will be wars and fury that will last a long time; whole provinces shall be emptied of their inhabitants, and kingdoms shall be thrown into confusion. In many places the land shall be left untilled, and there shall be great slaughters of the upper class. The right hand of the world shall fear the left, and the north shall prevail over the south.
Abbot Werdin D’Orante (12th Century)The great monarch and the great Pope will precede Antichrist. The nations will be at war for four years and a great part of the world will be destroyed. The Pope will go over the sea carrying the sign of Redemption on his forehead. The great Monarch will come to restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory.
John of Vitiguerro (13th Century)The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that time there will be no Pope in Rome… After many tribulations, a Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions.
Johannes Friede (1204-1257)When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last, hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature. The alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive, storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy great regions, and the seas will overflow many lowlands. Not all of it will be the result of natural causes, but mankind will penetrate into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds, gambling with its own existence. Before the powers of destruction will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness.
When nights will be filled with more intensive cold and days with heat, a new life will begin in nature. The heat means radiation from the earth, the cold the waning light of the sun. Only a few years more and you will become aware that sunlight has grown perceptibly weaker. When even your artificial light will cease to give service, the great event in the heavens will be near.
St. Vincent Ferrer (14th Century)In the days of peace that are to come after the desolation of revolutions and wars, before the end of the world, the Christians will become so lax in their religion that they will refuse to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, saying, “It is an unnecessary Sacrament.”
John of the Cleft Rock (14th Century)Towards the end of the world, tyrants and hostile mobs will rob the Church and the clergy of all their possessions and will afflict and martyr them. Those who heap the most abuse upon them will be held in high esteem. At that time, the Pope with his cardinals will have to flee Rome in tragic circumstances to a place where they will be unknown. The Pope will die a cruel death in his exile. The sufferings of the Church will be much greater than at any previous time in her history. But God will raise a holy Pope, and the Angels will rejoice. Enlightened by God, this man will rebuild almost the whole world through his holiness. He will lead everyone to the true Faith.
Maria Laach Monastery (16th Century)The twentieth century will bring death and destruction, apostasy from the Church, discord in families, cities and governments; it will be the century of three great wars with intervals of a few decades. They will become ever more devastating and bloody and will lay in ruins not only Germany, but finally all countries of East and West. After a terrible defeat of Germany will follow the next great war. There will be no bread for people anymore and no fodder for animals. Poisonous clouds, manufactured by human hands, will sink down and exterminate everything. The human mind will be seized by insanity.
Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (17th Century)The fifth period of the Church, which began circa 1520, will end with the arrival of the holy Pope and of the powerful Monarch who is called “Help From God” because he will restore everything. The fifth period is one of affliction, desolation, humiliation, and poverty for the Church. Jesus Christ will purify His people through cruel wars, famines, plagues, epidemics, and other horrible calamities. He will also afflict and weaken the Latin Church with many heresies. It is a period of defections, calamities and exterminations. Those Christians who survive the sword, plague and famines, will be few on earth.
During this period, many men will abuse of the freedom of conscience conceded to them. It is of such men that Jude the Apostle spoke when he said, “These men blaspheme whatever they do not understand; and they corrupt whatever they know naturally as irrational animals do.” They will ridicule Christian simplicity; they will call it folly and nonsense, but they will have the highest regard for advanced knowledge, and for the skill by which the axioms of law, the precepts of morality, the Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments.
These are the evil times, a century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere, and the followers of heresy are in power almost everywhere. but God will permit a great evil against His Church: Heretics and tyrants will come suddenly and unexpectedly; they will break into the Church. They will enter Italy and lay Rome waste; they will burn down churches and destroy everything.
Venerable Mary of Agreda (17th Century)It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of God, all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother… Before the Second Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic Faith.
Sister Marianne de Jesus Torres (17th Century)The most Holy Trinity confirmed the desire of my Queen, assuring that God will bless all those who, by their support and help, contribute in the making of the Holy Statue, as well as all those who help spread this devotion (to Our Lady of Good Success) throughout the centuries, making known its origin and these apparitions in the 20th century. This will be a time of great corruption of customs. The sacred sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed and despised, for in doing this, one scorns and defiles the Church of God, and even God Himself, represented by His priests. The Demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord in every possible way.
The Ecstatic of Tours (19th Century)Before the war breaks out again, food will be scarce and expensive. There will be little work for the workers, and fathers will hear their children crying for food. There will be earthquakes and signs in the sun. Toward the end, darkness will cover the Earth. When everyone believes that peace is ensured, when everyone least expects it, the great happening will begin. Revolution will break out in Italy almost at the same time as in France.
For some time the Church will be without a Pope.
Pope Pius IX (1878)Since the whole world is against God and His Church, it is evident that He has reserved the victory over His enemies to Himself. This will be more obvious when it is considered that the root of all our present evils is to be found in the fact that those with talents and vigor crave earthly pleasures, and not only desert God but repudiate Him altogether. Thus it appears they cannot be brought back in any other way except through an act that cannot be ascribed to any secondary agency, and thus all will be forced to look to the supernatural…
There will come a great wonder, which will fill the world with astonishment. This wonder will be preceded by the triumph of revolution. The church will suffer exceedingly. Her servants and her chieftain will be mocked, scourged, and martyred.
Saint Francis of Assissi (1226 A.D.)
Prophecy of St. Francis of Assisi (d. 1226): “There will be an uncanonically elected Pope who will cause a great schism, there will be diverse thoughts preached which will cause many, even those in the different orders to doubt, yea, even agree with those heretics which will cause my Order to divide, then will there be such universal dissensions and persecutions that if those days were not shortened even the elect would be lost.” (Rev. Culleton, The Reign of Antichrist, Tan Books, 1974, p. 130.). Some believe this prophecy referred to the controversy surrounding the election of Pope John XXIII andCardinal Siri. But it could refer to the next and last pope (Peter the Roman). The last pope may just cut Catholics loose from unity and the papacy, causing total disruption and confusion.
John Paul II said he saw the ongoing defection John Paul II also believed in the second prophecy of Fatima about the Apostasy coming in the Catholic Church. It is noteworthy that John Paul II appointed 185 of the Cardinals who elected Benedict XVI. It may be that John Paul II took steps to ensure a conservative pope followed him.
Sister Catherine Emmerick (1823)
Is this schism? Could Sister Emmerick be referring here to the Novus Ordo (One World Order/Church), whose baneful effects are now so apparent everywhere? Especially in view of what she said in April, 1823:
“I saw many pastors cherishing dangerous ideas against the Church. . . . I saw among other things. . . the Church under N___________. In all the rooms lay his children (that is, his plans), a full collection of his views. . . . He had set fire to the house, and I with others had to save the goods and convey them to the sheepfold. They built a large, singular, extravagant church which was “to embrace all creeds with equal rights; Evangelicals, Catholics and all denominations, a true communion of the unholy with one shepherd and one flock. There was to be a Pope, a salaried Pope, without possessions. All was made ready, many things finished; but, in place of an altar were only abomination and desolation. Such was the new church to be, and it was for it he had set fire to the old one; but God designed otherwise.”
Anna-Maria Taigi (Blessed) (19th century, Italy)
Her maiden name was Giannetti. She was born at Siena, Italy, 29 May, 1769; died at Rome, 9 June, 1837. From the time she was 20 years old, until she died at the age of 63, she was accompanied by a mysterious light in which she saw past, present and future events…some relating to struggles among nations; some relating to individual souls.
- Popes and cardinals have referred to this holy married woman as one of the greatest saints of all time. She was praised by Pope Benedict XV in her beatification on May 20, 1920 as being an exemplary wife and mother amid poor and trying circumstances. She was frequently in ecstasy, worked miracles of healing, read hearts, foretold deaths, and saw visions on the coming of future events. She foretold the first two world wars of this century. Eighteen years after her death, her body remained fresh and in a state of perfect preservation as if it had been just buried the day before. The following is her prophecy on the three days of darkness.
- “God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing can be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles. He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot. During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy.”
- “All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms.”
- “Religion shall be persecuted, and priests massacred Churches shall be closed, but only for a short time. The Holy Father shall be obliged to leave Rome.” (Yves Dupont, Catholic Prophecy, Tan Books and Publishers, 1973)
Pope Leo XIII (13th)
Pope from 1878-1903
The Vision Of Pope Leo XIII
October 13, 1884
Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo the 13th had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere. When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:
The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord:
“I can destroy your Church.”
The gentle voice of Our Lord:
“You can? Then go ahead and do so.”
“To do so, I need more time and more power.”
“How much time? How much power?
“75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those
who will give themselves over to my service.”
“You have the time, you will have the power.
Do with them what you will.”
This happened in 1884. The devil said he needed 75 to 100 years. Well, 75 years from 1884 is 1959. On January 25, 1959, John XXIII publicly summoned the Second Vatican Council.
Popes and corresponding mottos
The list can be divided into two groups; one of the 74 popes and what people are calling the antipopes who reigned prior to the appearance of the prophecies c. 1590, for whom the connection between the motto and the pope is consistently clear. The other is of the 38 mottos attributed to popes who have reigned since 1590
René Thibaut divides the table at a different point, between the 71st and 72nd motto, asserting that there is a change in style at this point. He uses this distinction to put forward the view that the first 71 mottos are post-dated forgeries, while the remainder are genuine. Hildebrand Troll echoes this view, noting that mottos 72-112 use a symbolic language related to the character of the pope and his papacy, in contrast to the more literal mottos for earlier popes.
Popes and antipopes 1143–1590 (pre-publication)
The text on the silver lines below reproduces the original text (including punctuation and orthography) of the 1595 Lignum Vitae, which consisted of three parallel columns for the popes before 1590. The first column contained the motto, the second the name of the pope or antipope to whom it was attached (with occasional errors), and the third an explanation of the motto. There are some indications that both the mottos and explanations were the work of a single 16th century individual. The original list was unnumbered.
|Pre-appearance Popes (1143–1590)|
|Motto No.||Motto (Translation)||Regnal Name (Reign)||Name||Explanation Provided in Lignum Vitae||Coat of Arms|
|Ex caſtro Tiberis.||Cœleſtinus. ij.||Typhernas.|
|1.||From a castle of the Tiber||Celestine II (1143–1144)||Guido de Castello||An inhabitant of Tifernum.
Celestine II was born in Città di Castello (formerly called Tifernum-Tiberinum), on the banks of the Tiber.
|Inimicus expulſus.||Lucius. ij.||De familia Caccianemica.|
|2.||Enemy expelled||Lucius II(1144–1145)||Gherardo Caccianemici del Orso||Of the Caccianemici family.
According to Wion, this motto refers to Lucius II’s family name, Caccianemici; in Italian, “Cacciare” means “to drive out” and “nemici” means “enemies”. While he has been traditionally viewed as being part of this family, it is doubtful whether he actually was; moreover, even if he actually belonged to that family, the attribution of the surname Caccianemici is certainly anachronistic.
|Ex magnitudine mõtis.||Eugenius. iij.||Patria Ethruſcus oppido Montis magni.|
|3.||From the great mountain||Eugene III(1145–1153)||Bernardo dei Paganelli di Montemagno||Tuscan by nation, from the town of Montemagno.
According to Wion, the motto refers to Eugene III’s birthplace, “Montemagno”, a village near Pisa. But according to other sources he was born in Pisa in modest family.
|Abbas Suburranus.||Anaſtaſius. iiij.||De familia Suburra.|
|4.||Abbot from Subbura||Anastasius IV (1153–1154)||Corrado di Suburra||From the Suburra family. He was traditionally referred to as abbot of the canon regulars of St. Ruf in Avignon, but modern scholars have established that he actually belonged to the secular clergy.|
|De rure albo.||Adrianus. iiij.||Vilis natus in oppido Sancti Albani.|
|5.||From the white countryside||Adrian IV(1154–1159)||Nicholas Breakspear||Humbly born in the town of St. Albans.
Most likely a reference to Adrian IV’s birthplace near St Albans, Hertfordshire.
|Ex tetro carcere.||Victor. iiij.||Fuit Cardinalis S. Nicolai in carcere Tulliano.|
|6.||Out of a loathsome prison.||Victor IV, Antipope (1159–1164)||Ottaviano Monticello||He was a cardinal of St. Nicholas in the Tullian prison.
Victor IV may have held the title San Nicola in Carcere.
|Via Tranſtiberina.||Calliſtus. iij. [sic]||Guido Cremenſis Cardinalis S. Mariæ Tranſtiberim.|
|7.||Road across the Tiber.||Callixtus III, Antipope (1168–1178)||Giovanni di Strumi||Guido of Crema, Cardinal of St. Mary across the Tiber.
Wion reverses the names and order of Antipopes Callixtus III (John of Struma) and Paschal III (Guido of Crema). Paschal, not Callixtus, was born Guido of Crema and held the title of Santa Maria in Trastevere, to which the motto applies.
|De Pannonia Thuſciæ.||Paſchalis. iij. [sic]||Antipapa. Hungarus natione, Epiſcopus Card. Tuſculanus.|
|8.||From Tusculan Hungary.||Paschal III, Antipope (1164–1168)||Guido di Crema||Antipope. A Hungarian by birth, Cardinal Bishop of Tusculum.
As noted above, this motto applies not to Paschal III, but to Callixtus III, who allegedly was Hungarian.However, Callixtus was Cardinal Bishop of Albano, not of Tusculum.
|Ex anſere cuſtode.||Alexander. iij.||De familia Paparona.|
|9.||From the guardian goose||Alexander III (1159–1181)||Rolando (or Orlando) of Siena||Of the Paparoni family.
Alexander III may have been from the Bandinella family, which was afterwards known as the Paparona family, which featured a goose on its coat of arms. There is debate whether Alexander III was in fact of that family.
|Lux in oſtio.||Lucius. iij.||Lucenſis Card. Oſtienſis.|
|10.||A light in the door||Lucius III(1181–1185)||Ubaldo Allucingoli||A Luccan Cardinal of Ostia.
The motto is a wordplay on “Lucius” or “Lucca” and “Ostia”.
|Sus in cribro.||Vrbanus. iij.||Mediolanenſis, familia cribella, quæ Suem pro armis gerit.|
|11.||Pig in a sieve||Urban III(1185–1187)||Umberto Crivelli||A Milanese, of the Cribella (Crivelli) family, which bears a pig for arms.
Urban III’s family name Crivelli means “a sieve” in Italian; his arms included a sieve and two pigs.
|Enſis Laurentii.||Gregorius. viij.||Card. S. Laurentii in Lucina, cuius inſignia enſes falcati.|
|12.||The sword of Lawrence||Gregory VIII (1187)||Alberto De Morra||Cardinal of St. Lawrence in Lucina, of whom the arms were curved swords.
Gregory VIII was Cardinal of St. Lawrence and his arms featured crossed swords.
|De Schola exiet.||Clemens. iij.||Romanus, domo Scholari.|
|13.||He will come from school||Clement III(1187–1191)||Paolo Scolari||A Roman, of the house of Scolari.
The motto is a play on words on Clement III’s surname.
|De rure bouenſi.||Cœleſtinus. iij.||Familia Bouenſi.|
|14.||From cattle country||Celestine III (1191–1198)||Giacinto Bobone||Bovensis family.
The reference to cattle is a wordplay on Celestine III’s surname, Bobone.
|Comes Signatus.||Innocentius. iij.||Familia Comitum Signiæ.|
|15.||Designated count||Innocent III (1198–1216)||Lotario dei Conti di Segni||Family of the Counts of Signia (Segni)
The motto is a direct reference to Innocent III’s family name.
|Canonicus de latere.||Honorius. iij.||Familia Sabella, Canonicus S. Ioannis Lateranensis.|
|16.||Canon from the side||Honorius III (1216–1227)||Cencio Savelli||Savelli family, canon of St. John Lateran
The claim in Wion that Honorius III was a canon of St. John Lateran is contested by some historians.
|Auis Oſtienſis.||Gregorius. ix.||Familia Comitum Signiæ Epiſcopus Card. Oſtienſis.|
|17.||Bird of Ostia||Gregory IX(1227–1241)||Ugolino dei Conti di Segni||Family of the Counts of Segni, Cardinal Bishop of Ostia.
Before his election to the papacy, Ugolino dei Conti was the Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, and his coat of arms depict an eagle.
|Leo Sabinus.||Cœleſtinus iiij.||Mediolanenſis, cuius inſignia Leo, Epiſcopus Card. Sabinus.|
|18.||Sabine Lion||Celestine IV (1241)||Goffredo Castiglioni||A Milanese, whose arms were a lion, Cardinal Bishop of Sabina.
Celestine IV was Cardinal Bishop of Sabina and his armorial bearing had a lion in it.
|Comes Laurentius.||Innocentius iiij.||domo flisca, Comes Lauaniæ, Cardinalis S. Laurentii in Lucina.|
|19.||Count Lawrence||Innocent IV (1243–1254)||Sinibaldo Fieschi||Of the house of Flisca (Fieschi), Count of Lavagna, Cardinal of St. Lawrence in Lucina.
The motto, as explained in Wion, is a reference to Innocent IV’s father, the Count of Lavagna, and his title Cardinal of St. Lawrence in Lucina.
|Signum Oſtienſe.||Alexander iiij.||De comitibus Signiæ, Epiſcopus Card. Oſtienſis.|
|20.||Sign of Ostia||Alexander IV (1254–1261)||Renaldo dei Signori di Ienne||Of the counts of Segni, Cardinal Bishop of Ostia.
The motto refers to Alexander IV’s being Cardinal Bishop of Ostia and member of the Conti-Segni family.
|Hieruſalem Campanię.||Vrbanus iiii.||Gallus, Trecenſis in Campania, Patriarcha Hieruſalem.|
|21.||Jerusalem of Champagne||Urban IV(1261–1264)||Jacques Pantaleon||A Frenchman, of Trecae (Troyes) in Champagne, Patriarch of Jerusalem.
The motto refers to Urban IV’s birthplace of Troyes, Champagne, and title Patriarch of Jerusalem.
|Draco depreſſus.||Clemens iiii.||cuius inſignia Aquila vnguibus Draconem tenens.|
|22.||Dragon pressed down||Clement IV(1265–1268)||Guido Fulcodi||Whose badge is an eagle holding a dragon in his talons.
According some sources, Clement IV’s coat of arms depicted an eagle clawing a dragon. Other sources indicate that it was instead six fleurs-de-lis.
|Anguinus uir.||Gregorius. x.||Mediolanenſis, Familia vicecomitum, quæ anguẽ pro inſigni gerit.|
|23.||Snaky man||Gregory X(1271–1276)||Teobaldo Visconti||A Milanese, of the family of Viscounts (Visconti), which bears a snake for arms.
The Visconti coat of arms had a large serpent devouring a male child feet first; sources conflict as to whether Gregory X used this for his papal arms.
|Concionator Gallus.||Innocentius. v.||Gallus, ordinis Prædicatorum.|
|24.||French Preacher||Innocent V(1276)||Pierre de Tarentaise||A Frenchman, of the Order of Preachers.
Innocent V was born in what is now south-eastern France and was a member of the order of Preachers.
|Bonus Comes.||Adrianus. v.||Ottobonus familia Fliſca ex comitibus Lauaniæ.|
|25.||Good Count||Adrian V(1276)||Ottobono Fieschi||Ottobono, of the Fieschi family, from the counts of Lavagna.
The Fieschi family were counts of Lavagna and a wordplay on “good” can be made with Adrian V’s first name, Ottobono.
|Piſcator Thuſcus.||Ioannes. xxi.||antea Ioannes Petrus Epiſcopus Card. Tuſculanus.|
|26.||Tuscan Fisherman||John XXI(1276–1277)||Pedro Julião||Formerly John Peter, Cardinal Bishop of Tusculum.
John XXI had been the Cardinal Bishop of Tusculum, and shared his first name with Saint Peter, a fisherman.
|Roſa compoſita.||Nicolaus. iii.||Familia Vrſina, quæ roſam in inſigni gerit, dictus compoſitus.|
|27.||Composite Rose||Nicholas III(1277–1280)||Giovanni Gaetano Orsini||Of the Ursina (Orsini) family, which bears a rose on its arms, called ‘composite’.
Nicholas III bore a rose in his coat of arms.
|Ex teloneo liliacei Martini.||Martinus. iiii.||cuius inſignia lilia, canonicus, & theſaurarius S. Martini Turonen[sis].|
|28.||From the tollhouse of Martin of the lilies||Martin IV(1281–1285)||Simone de Brion||Whose arms were lilies, canon and treasurer of St. Martin of Tours.
Martin IV was Canon and Treasurer at the Church of St. Martin in Tours, France. Wion’s assertion that his arms featured lilies is incorrect.
|Ex roſa leonina.||Honorius. iiii.||Familia Sabella inſignia roſa à leonibus geſtata.|
|29.||Out of the leonine rose||Honorius IV (1285–1287)||Giacomo Savelli||Of the Sabella (Savelli) family, arms were a rose carried by lions.
Honorius IV’s coat of arms was emblazoned with two lions supporting a rose.
|Picus inter eſcas.||Nicolaus. iiii.||Picenus patria Eſculanus.|
|30.||Woodpecker between food||Nicholas IV(1288–1292)||Girolamo Masci||A Picene by nation, of Asculum (Ascoli).
The motto is likely an obscure wordplay on Nicholas IV’s birthplace in Ascoli, in Picenum.
|Ex eremo celſus.||Cœleſtinus. v.||Vocatus Petrus de morrone Eremita.|
|31.||Raised out of the desert||Celestine V (1294)||Pietro Di Murrone||Called Peter de Morrone, a hermit.
Prior to his election, Celestine V was a hermit (eremita, literally a dweller in the eremus, or desert).
|Ex undarũ bn̑dictione.||Bonifacius. viii.||Vocatus prius Benedictus, Caetanus, cuius inſignia undæ.|
|32.||From the blessing of the waves||Boniface VIII (1294–1303)||Benedetto Caetani||Previously called Benedict, of Gaeta, whose arms were waves.
Boniface VIII’s coat of arms had a wave through it. Also a play on words, referring to the pope’s Christian name, “Benedetto.”
|Concionator patereus. [sic]||Benedictus. xi.||qui uocabatur Frater Nicolaus, ordinis Prædicatorum.|
|33.||Preacher From Patara||Benedict XI (1303–1304)||Nicholas Boccasini||Who was called Brother Nicholas, of the order of Preachers.
Benedict XI belonged to the Order of Preachers, and his namesake Saint Nicholas was from Patara. O’Brien notes, “Everything leads us to suspect that the author and interpreter of the prophecy is one and the same person. The pretended interpreter who knew that Patare was the birthplace of St. Nicholas forgot that others may not be aware of the fact, and that therefore the explanation would be thrown away on them.”
|De feſſis aquitanicis.||Clemens V.||natione aquitanus, cuius inſignia feſſæ erant.|
|34.||From the fesses of Aquitaine||Clement V(1305–1314)||Bertrand de Got||An Aquitanian by birth, whose arms were fesses.
Clement V was Bishop of St-Bertrand-de-Comminges in Aquitaine, and eventually became Archbishop ofBordeaux, also in Aquitaine. His coat of arms displays three horizontal bars, known in heraldry as fesses.
|De ſutore oſſeo.||Ioannes XXII.||Gallus, familia Oſſa, Sutoris filius.|
|35.||From a bony cobbler||John XXII(1316–1334)||Jacques Duese||A Frenchman, of the Ossa family, son of a cobbler.
John XXII’s family name was Duèze or D’Euse, the last of which might be back-translated into Latin as Ossa (“bones”), the name Wion gives. The popular legend that his father was a cobbler is dubious.
|Coruus ſchiſmaticus.||Nicolaus V.||qui uocabatur F. Petrus de corbario, contra Ioannem XXII. Antipapa Minorita.|
|36.||Schismatic crow||Nicholas V, Antipope (1328–1330)||Pietro Rainalducci di Corvaro||Who was called Brother Peter of Corbarium (Corvaro), the Minorite antipope opposing John XXII.
The motto is a play on words, referring to Pietro di Corvaro’s last name.
|Frigidus Abbas.||Benedictus XII.||Abbas Monaſterii fontis frigidi.|
|37.||Cold abbot||Benedict XII (1334–1342)||Jacques Fournier||Abbot of the monastery of the cold spring.
Benedict XII was an abbot in the monastery of Fontfroide (“cold spring”).
|De roſa Attrebatenſi.||Clemens VI.||Epiſcopus Attrebatenſis, cuius inſignia Roſæ.|
|38.||From the rose of Arras||Clement VI(1342–1352)||Pierre Roger||Bishop of Arras, whose arms were roses.
Clement VI was Bishop of Arras (in Latin, Episcopus Attrebatensis) and his armorial bearings were emblazoned with six roses.
|De mõtibus Pãmachii.||Innocentius VI.||Cardinalis SS. Ioannis & Pauli. T. Panmachii, cuius inſignia ſex montes erant.|
|39.||From the mountains of Pammachius||Innocent VI (1352–1362)||Etienne Aubert||Cardinal of Saints John and Paul, Titulus of Pammachius, whose arms were six mountains.
Innocent VI was Cardinal Priest of Pammachius. Wion and Panvinio describe his arms as depicting six mountains, though other sources do not.
|Gallus Vicecomes.||Vrbanus V.||nuncius Apoſtolicus ad Vicecomites Mediolanenſes.|
|40.||French viscount||Urban V(1362–1370)||Guglielmo De Grimoard||Apostolic nuncio to the Viscounts of Milan.
Urban V was French. Wion indicates he was Apostolic Nuncio to the Viscounts of Milan.
|Nouus de uirgine forti.||Gregorius XI.||qui uocabatur Petrus Belfortis, Cardinalis S. Mariæ nouæ.|
|41.||New man from the strong virgin||Gregory XI(1370–1378)||Pierre Roger de Beaufort||Who was called Peter Belfortis (Beaufort), Cardinal of New St. Mary’s.
The motto refers to Gregory XI’s surname and his title Cardinal of Santa Maria Nuova.
|Decruce Apoſtolica. [sic]||Clemens VII.||qui fuit Preſbyter Cardinalis SS. XII. Apoſtolorũ cuius inſignia Crux.|
|42.||From the apostolic cross||Clement VII, Antipope (1378–1394)||Robert, Count of Geneva||Who was Cardinal Priest of the Twelve Holy Apostles, whose arms were a cross.
Clement VII’s coat of arms showed a cross and he held the title Cardinal Priest of the Twelve Holy Apostles.
|Luna Coſmedina.||Benedictus XIII.||antea Petrus de Luna, Diaconus Cardinalis S. Mariæ in Coſmedin.|
|43.||Cosmedine moon.||Benedict XIII, Antipope (1394–1423)||Peter de Luna||Formerly Peter de Luna, Cardinal Deacon of St. Mary in Cosmedin.
The motto refers to Benedict XIII’s surname and title.
|Schiſma Barchinoniũ.||Clemens VIII.||Antipapa, qui fuit Canonicus Barchinonenſis.|
|44.||Schism of the Barcelonas||Clement VIII, Antipope (1423–1429)||Gil Sanchez Muñoz||Antipope, who was a canon of Barcelona.|
|De inferno prægnãti.||Vrbanus VI.||Neapolitanus Pregnanus, natus in loco quæ dicitur Infernus.|
|45.||From a pregnant hell.||Urban VI(1378–1389)||Bartolomeo Prignano||The Neapolitan Prignano, born in a place which is called Inferno.
Urban VI’s family name was Prignano or Prignani, and he was native to a place called Inferno near Naples.
|Cubus de mixtione.||Bonifacius. IX.||familia tomacella à Genua Liguriæ orta, cuius inſignia Cubi.|
|46.||Square of mixture||Boniface IX (1389–1404)||Pietro Tomacelli||Of the Tomacelli family, born in Genoa in Liguria, whose arms were cubes.
Boniface IX’s coat of arms includes a bend checky — a wide stripe with a checkerboard pattern.
|De meliore ſydere.||Innocentius. VII.||uocatus Coſmatus de melioratis Sulmonenſis, cuius inſignia ſydus.|
|47.||From a better star||Innocent VII (1404–1406)||Cosmo Migliorati||Called Cosmato dei Migliorati of Sulmo, whose arms were a star.
The motto is a play on words, “better” (melior) referring to Innocent VII’s last name, Migliorati (Meliorati). There is a shooting star on his coat of arms.
|Nauta de Ponte nigro.||Gregorius XII.||Venetus, commendatarius eccleſiæ Nigropontis.|
|48.||Sailor from a black bridge||Gregory XII (1406–1415)||Angelo Correr||A Venetian, commendatary of the church of Negroponte.
Gregory XII was born in Venice (hence mariner) and was commendatary of Chalkis, then called Negropont.
|Flagellum ſolis.||Alexander. V.||Græcus Archiepiſcopus Mediolanenſis, inſignia Sol.|
|49.||Whip of the sun||Alexander V, Antipope (1409–1410)||Petros Philarges||A Greek, Archbishop of Milan, whose arms were a sun.
Alexander V’s coat of arms featured a sun, the wavy rays may explain the reference to a whip.
|Ceruus Sirenæ.||Ioannes XXIII.||Diaconus Cardinalis S. Euſtachii, qui cum ceruo depingitur, Bononiæ legatus, Neapolitanus.|
|50.||Stag of the siren||John XXIII, Antipope (1410–1415)||Baldassarre Cossa||Cardinal Deacon of St. Eustace, who is depicted with a stag; legate of Bologna, a Neapolitan.
John XXIII was a cardinal with the title of St. Eustachius, whose emblem is a stag, and was originally from Naples, which has the emblem of the siren.
|Corona ueli aurei.||Martinus V.||familia colonna, Diaconus Cardinalis S. Georgii ad uelum aureum.|
|51.||Crown of the golden curtain||Martin V(1417–1431)||Oddone Colonna||Of the Colonna family, Cardinal Deacon of St. George at the golden curtain.
The motto is a reference to Martin V’s family name and cardinal title of San Giorgio in Velabro.
|Lupa Cœleſtina,||Eugenius. IIII.||Venetus, canonicus antea regularis Cœleſtinus, & Epiſcopus Senẽſis.|
|52.||Heavenly she-wolf||Eugene IV(1431–1447)||Gabriele Condulmaro||A Venetian, formerly a regular Celestine canon, and Bishop of Siena.
Eugene IV belonged to the order of the Celestines and was the Bishop of Siena which bears a she-wolf on its arms.
|Amator Crucis.||Felix. V.||qui uocabatur Amadæus Dux Sabaudiæ, inſignia Crux.|
|53.||Lover of the cross||Felix V, Antipope (1439–1449)||Amadeus, Duke of Savoy||Who was called Amadeus, Duke of Savoy, arms were a cross.
The motto is a reference to Felix V’s given name, Amadeus, and arms, which featured the cross of Savoy.
|De modicitate Lunæ.||Nicolaus V.||Lunenſis de Sarzana, humilibus parentibus natus.|
|54.||From the meanness of Luna||Nicholas V(1447–1455)||Tommaso Parentucelli||A Lunese of Sarzana, born to humble parents.
Nicholas V was born in the diocese of Luni, the ancient name of which was Luna.
|Bos paſcens.||Calliſtus. III.||Hiſpanus, cuius inſignia Bos paſcens.|
|55.||Pasturing ox||Callixtus III(1455–1458)||Alfonso Borja||A Spaniard, whose arms were a pasturing ox.
Callixtus III’s coat of arms featured an ox.
|De Capra & Albergo.||Pius. II.||Senenſis, qui fuit à Secretis Cardinalibus Capranico & Albergato.|
|56.||From a nanny-goat and an inn||Pius II(1458–1464)||Enea Silvio de Piccolomini||A Sienese, who was secretary to Cardinals Capranicus and Albergatus.
Pius II was secretary to Cardinal Domenico Capranica and Cardinal Albergatti before he was elected Pope.
|De Ceruo & Leone.||Paulus. II.||Venetus, qui fuit Commendatarius eccleſiæ Ceruienſis, & Cardinalis tituli S. Marci.|
|57.||From a stag and lion||Paul II(1464–1471)||Pietro Barbo||A Venetian, who was commendatary of the church of Cervia, and Cardinal of the title of St. Mark.
The motto refers to his Bishopric of Cervia (punning on cervus, “a stag”) and his Cardinal title of St. Mark (symbolized by a winged lion).
|Piſcator minorita.||Sixtus. IIII.||Piſcatoris filius, Franciſcanus.|
|58.||Minorite fisherman||Sixtus IV(1471–1484)||Francesco Della Rovere||Son of a fisherman, Franciscan.
Sixtus IV was born the son of a fisherman and a member of the Franciscans, also known as “Minorites” (which was founded in 1209, after Malachy’s death.)
|Præcurſor Siciliæ.||Innocentius VIII.||qui uocabatur Ioãnes Baptiſta, & uixit in curia Alfonſi regis Siciliæ.|
|59.||Precursor of Sicily||Innocent VIII (1484–1492)||Giovanni Battista Cibò||Who was called John Baptist, and lived in the court of Alfonso, king of Sicily.
Innocent VIII was from Sicily. “Precursor” may be explained as an allusion to his birth name, after John the Baptist, the precursor of Christ.
|Bos Albanus in portu.||Alexander VI.||Epiſcopus Cardinalis Albanus & Portuenſis, cuius inſignia Bos.|
|60.||Bull of Alba in the harbor||Alexander VI (1492–1503)||Rodrigo de Borgia||Cardinal Bishop of Albano and Porto, whose arms were a bull.
In 1456, he was made a Cardinal and he held the titles of Cardinal Bishop of Albano and Porto, and his arms featured an ox.
|De paruo homine.||Pius. III.||Senenſis, familia piccolominea.|
|61.||From a small man||Pius III(1503)||Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini||A Sienese, of the Piccolomini family.
Pius III’s family name was Piccolomini, from piccolo “small” and uomo “man”.
|Fructus Iouis iuuabit.||Iulius. II.||Ligur, eius inſignia Quercus, Iouis arbor.|
|62.||The fruit of Jupiter will help||Julius II(1503–1513)||Giuliano Della Rovere||A Genoese, his arms were an oak, Jupiter’s tree.
On Julius II’s arms was an oak tree, which was sacred to Jupiter.
|De craticula Politiana.||Leo. X.||filius Laurentii medicei, & ſcholaris Angeli Politiani.|
|63.||From a Politian gridiron||Leo X(1513–1521)||Giovanni de Medici||Son of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and student of Angelo Poliziano.
Leo X’s educator and mentor was Angelo Poliziano. The “Gridiron” in the motto evidently refers to St. Lawrence, who was martyred on a gridiron. This is a rather elliptical allusion to Lorenzo the Magnificent, who was Giovanni’s father.
|Leo Florentius.||Adrian. VI.||Florẽtii filius, eius inſignia Leo.|
|64.||Florentian lion||Adrian VI(1522–1523)||Adriaen Florenszoon Boeyens||Son of Florentius, his arms were a lion.
Adrian VI’s coat of arms had two lions on it, and his name is sometimes given as Adrian Florens, or other variants, from his father’s first name Florens (Florentius).
|Flos pilei ægri.||Clemens. VII.||Florentinus de domo medicea, eius inſignia pila, & lilia.|
|65.||Flower of the sick man’s pill||Clement VII (1523–1534)||Giulio de Medici||A Florentine of the Medicean house, his arms were pill-balls and lilies.
The Medici coat of arms was emblazoned with six medical balls. One of these balls, the largest of the six, was emblazoned with the Florentine lily.
|Hiacinthus medicorũ.||Paulus. III.||Farneſius, qui lilia pro inſignibus geſtat, & Card. fuit SS. Coſme, & Damiani.|
|66.||Hyacinth of the physicians||Paul III(1534–1549)||Alessandro Farnese||Farnese, who bore lilies for arms, and was Cardinal of Saints Cosmas and Damian.
According to some sources, Paul III’s coat of arms were charged with hyacinths, and he was cardinal of Saints Cosmas and Damian, both doctors.
|De corona montana.||Iulius. III.||antea uocatus Ioannes Maria de monte.|
|67.||From the mountainous crown||Julius III(1550–1555)||Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte||Formerly called Giovanni Maria of the Mountain (de Monte)
His coat of arms showed mountains and laurel crowns (chaplets).
|Frumentum flocidum. [sic]||Marcellus. II.||cuius inſignia ceruus & frumẽtum, ideo floccidum, quod pauco tempore uixit in papatu.|
|68.||Trifling grain||Marcellus II (1555)||Marcello Cervini||Whose arms were a stag and grain; ‘trifling’, because he lived only a short time as pope.
His coat of arms showed a stag and ears of wheat.
|De fide Petri.||Paulus. IIII.||antea uocatus Ioannes Petrus Caraffa.|
|69.||From Peter’s faith||Paul IV(1555–1559)||Giovanni Pietro Caraffa||Formerly called John Peter Caraffa.
Paul IV is said to have used his second Christian name Pietro.
|Eſculapii pharmacum.||Pius. IIII.||antea dictus Io. Angelus Medices.|
|70.||Aesculapius’ medicine||Pius IV(1559–1565)||Giovanni Angelo de Medici||Formerly called Giovanni Angelo Medici.
The motto is likely a simple allusion to Pius IV’s family name.
|Angelus nemoroſus.||Pius. V.||Michael uocatus, natus in oppido Boſchi.|
|71.||Angel of the grove||Pius V(1566–1572)||Antonio Michele Ghisleri||Called Michael, born in the town of Bosco.
Pius V was born in Bosco, Lombardy; the placename means grove. His name was ‘Antonio Michele Ghisleri’, and Michele relates to the archangel. O’Brien notes here that many of the prophecies contain plays on Italian words, which are not made explicit in the explanations provided in the Lignum Vitae.
|Medium corpus pilarũ.||Gregorius. XIII.||cuius inſignia medius Draco, Cardinalis creatus à Pio. IIII. qui pila in armis geſtabat.|
|72.||Half body of the balls||Gregory XIII (1572–1585)||Ugo Boncompagni||Whose arms were a half-dragon; a Cardinal created by Pius IV who bore balls in his arms.
The “balls” in the motto refer to Pope Pius IV, who had made Gregory a cardinal. Pope Gregory had a dragon on his coat of arms with half a body.
|Axis in medietate ſigni.||Sixtus. V.||qui axem in medio Leonis in armis geſtat.|
|73.||Axle in the midst of a sign.||Sixtus V(1585–1590)||Felice Peretti||Who bears in his arms an axle in the middle of a lion.
This is a rather straightforward description of the Sixtus V’s coat of arms.
|De rore cœli.||Vrbanus. VII.||qui fuit Archiepiſcopus Roſſanenſis in Calabria, ubi mãna colligitur.|
|74.||From the dew of the sky||Urban VII(1590)||Giovanni Battista Castagna||Who was Archbishop of Rossano in Calabria, where manna is collected.
He had been Archbishop of Rossano in Calabria where sap called “the dew of heaven” is gathered from trees.
Popes 1590 to present (post-publication)
For this group of popes, the published text only provides names for the first three (i.e., those who were popes between the appearance of the text c. 1590, and its publication in 1595) and provides no explanations.
|Post-appearance Popes (1590–present)|
|Motto No.||Motto (Translation)||Regnal Name (Reign)||Name||Interpretations and Criticisms||Coat of Arms|
|Ex antiquitate Vrbis.||Gregorius. XIIII.|
|75.||Of the antiquity of the city / From the old city||Gregory XIV (1590–1591)||Niccolò Sfondrati||This may have been intended by the author of the prophecies to suggest that CardinalGirolamo Simoncelli was destined to succeed Urban VII. Simoncelli was from Orvieto, which in Latin is Urbs vetus, old city. Simoncelli was not elected pope, however, Niccolò Sfondrati was, who took the name Gregory XIV. Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to explain it by noting that Gregory XIV’s father was a senator of the ancient city of Milan, and the word “senator” is derived from the Latin senex, meaning old man, or that Milan is the “old city” in question, having been founded c. 400 BCE.|
|Pia ciuitas in bello.||Innocentius. IX.|
|76.||Pious citizens in war||Innocent IX (1591)||Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti||Proponents of the prophecies have suggested different interpretations to relate this motto to Innocent IX, including references to his birthplace of Bologna or title of Patriarch of Jerusalem.|
|Crux Romulea.||Clemens. VIII.|
|77.||Cross of Romulus||Clement VIII (1592–1605)||Ippolito Aldobrandini||Proponents of the prophecies have suggested different interpretations to relate this motto to Clement VIII, including linking it to the embattled bend on his arms or the war between Catholic Ireland and Protestant England during his papacy.|
|78.||Wavy man||Leo XI(1605)||Alessandro Ottaviano De Medici||This may have been intended by the author of the prophecies to suggest to his audience a possible heraldic design, but it does not correspond to Leo XI’s Medici arms. Proponents of the prophecies have suggested different interpretations to relate this motto to this pope, including relating it to his short reign “passing like a wave.”|
|79.||Wicked race||Paul V(1605–1621)||Camillo Borghese||Proponents of the prophecies have suggested it is a reference to the dragon and the eagle on Paul V’s arms.|
|In tribulatione pacis.|
|80.||In the trouble of peace||Gregory XV (1621–1623)||Alessandro Ludovisi||The lack of plausible explanations for this motto leads O’Brien to comment, “The prophet, up to 1590, did not deal in generalities.”|
|Lilium et roſa.|
|81.||Lily and rose||Urban VIII(1623–1644)||Maffeo Barberini||This motto again may have been intended to suggest a heraldic device, but not one that matches Urban VIII’s arms. Proponents of the prophecies have alternatively suggested that it is a reference to the bees that do occur on his arms, to the fleur-de-lis of his native Florence, or to his dealings in France (the lily) and England (the rose).|
|82.||Delight of the cross||Innocent X (1644–1655)||Giovanni Battista Pamphili||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Innocent X by noting that he was raised to the pontificate around the time of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.|
|83.||Guard of the mountains||Alexander VII (1655–1667)||Fabio Chigi||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Alexander VII by noting that his papal arms include six hills, though this was not an uncommon device, and this explanation would not account for the “guard” portion of the motto.|
|84.||Star of the swans||Clement IX (1667–1669)||Giulio Rospigliosi||This again may have been intended to be taken as an allusion to heraldry; O’Brien notes that there is an Italian family with arms featuring a swan with stars, but it had no relation to Clement IX. Proponents of the prophecies have claimed he had a room called the “chamber of swans” during the conclave.|
|De flumine magno.|
|85.||From a great river||Clement X(1670–1676)||Emilio Altieri||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Clement X by claiming that the Tiber overflowed its banks at his birth, or as an obscure reference to his family name.|
|86.||Insatiable beast||Innocent XI (1676–1689)||Benedetto Odescalchi||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to the lion on Innocent XI’s arms.|
|87.||Glorious penitence||Alexander VIII (1689–1691)||Pietro Ottoboni||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Alexander VIII by interpreting as a reference to the submission of the Gallican bishops. O’Brien notes, “There are glorious repentances during every pontificate.”|
|Raſtrum in porta.|
|88.||Rake in the door||Innocent XII (1691–1700)||Antonio Pignatelli||Some sources discussing the prophecy give Innocent XII’s family name as “Pignatelli del Rastello,” which would provide a clear way for proponents to connect this motto to this pope (rastello or rastrello is Italian for rake). Others, however, give the pope’s family name as simply “Pignatelli”, and indicate that it is difficult to find a satisfactory explanation to associate the pope with the motto.|
|89.||Surrounded flowers||Clement XI (1700–1721)||Giovanni Francesco Albani||A medal of Clement XI was created with the motto, “Flores circumdati“, drawn from his description in the prophecies, which were widely circulated at that time.|
|De bona religione.|
|90.||From good religion||Innocent XIII (1721–1724)||Michelangelo dei Conti||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Innocent XIII by interpreting it as a reference to the fact several popes had come from his family.|
|Miles in bello.|
|91.||Soldier in War||Benedict XIII (1724–1730)||Pietro Francesco Orsini||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to particular wars that occurred during Benedict XIII’s pontificate, or a figurative war against decadence in favour of austerity.|
|92.||Lofty column||Clement XII (1730–1740)||Lorenzo Corsini||This may have been intended by the author of the prophecies as a reference to a pope of the Colonna family; a similar motto was used to describe to Martin V, who was pope before the publication of the prophecies. Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Clement XII as an allusion to a statue erected in his memory or the use of two columns from the Pantheon of Agrippa in a chapel he built.|
|93.||Country animal||Benedict XIV (1740–1758)||Marcello Lambertini||This may have been intended as a reference to armorial bearings, but it does not match Benedict XIV’s arms. Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to this pope as a description of his “plodding ox” diligence.|
|94.||Rose of Umbria||Clement XIII (1758–1769)||Carlo Rezzonico||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Clement XIII as a reference to his elevation to sainthood of several Franciscans, to which order the motto can refer.|
|95.||Swift bear (later misprinted as Cursus velox Swift Course or Visus velox Swift Glance)||Clement XIV (1769–1774)||Lorenzo Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli||Proponents of the prophecies have struggled to provide a satisfactory explanation of this motto; some authors claim without evidence that the Ganganelli arms featured a running bear, but this is dubious.|
|96.||Apostolic pilgrim||Pius VI(1775–1799)||Giovanni Angelico Braschi||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius VI by suggesting it is a reference to his long reign.|
|97.||Rapacious eagle||Pius VII(1800–1823)||Barnaba Chiaramonti||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius VII by suggesting it is a reference to the eagle on the arms of Napoleon, whose reign as Emperor of the French took place during Pius’ pontificate.|
|Canis & coluber.|
|98.||Dog and adder||Leo XII(1823–1829)||Annibale Sermattei della Genga||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Leo XII by suggesting the dog and snake are allusions to his qualities of vigilance and prudence, respectively.|
|99.||Religious man||Pius VIII(1829–1830)||Francesco Saverio Castiglioni||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius VIII by suggesting it is a reference to his papal name, or the fact that he was not the first pope from his family.|
|De balneis Ethruriæ.|
|100.||From the baths of Tuscany||Gregory XVI (1831–1846)||Mauro, or Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Gregory XVI by suggesting it is a reference to his membership in the Camaldolese Order, founded in the thirteenth century in Fonte Buono, called Balneum in Latin, in Etruria.|
|Crux de cruce.|
|101.||Cross from cross||Pius IX(1846–1878)||Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius IX by interpreting it as a reference to his difficulties (“crosses”) with the House of Savoy, whose emblem is a cross. O’Brien notes, “A forger would be very disposed to chance some reference to a cross on account of its necessary connexion with all popes as well as the probability of its figuring, in some form or other, on the pope’s arms.”|
|Lumen in cœlo.|
|102.||Light in the sky||Leo XIII(1878–1903)||Gioacchino Pecci||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Leo XIII by interpreting it as a reference to the star on his arms. O’Brien notes this coincidence would be much more remarkable had the prophecies referred to sydus (star), as they did when describing this same device on pre-publication Pope Innocent VII’s arms.|
|103.||Burning fire||Pius X(1903–1914)||Giuseppe Sarto||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius X by interpreting it as a reference to his zeal.|
|104.||Religion destroyed||Benedict XV (1914–1922)||Giacomo Della Chiesa||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Benedict XV by interpreting it as a reference to World War I and the Russian Revolution, which occurred during his pontificate.|
|105.||Intrepid faith||Pius XI(1922–1939)||Achille Ratti||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius XI by interpreting it as a reference to his faith and actions during the reign of Benito Mussolini.|
|106.||Angelic shepherd||Pius XII(1939–1958)||Eugenio Pacelli||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Pius XII by interpreting it as a reference to his role during the holocaust.|
|Paſtor & nauta.|
|107.||Shepherd and sailor||John XXIII(1958–1963)||Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link the “sailor” portion of this motto to John XXIII by interpreting it as a reference to his title Patriarch of Venice, a maritime city.|
|108.||Flower of flowers||Paul VI(1963–1978)||Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini||Proponents of the prophecies have attempted to link this motto to Paul VI by interpreting it as a reference to the fleurs-de-lis on his arms.|
|De medietate lunæ.|
|109.||Of the half moon||John Paul I (1978)||Albino Luciani|
|De labore solis.|
|110.||From the labour of the sun / Of the eclipse of the sun||John Paul II (1978–2005)||Karol Wojtyła||Proponents of the prophecies find significance in the occurrence of solar eclipses (elsewhere in the world) on the dates of John Paul II’s birth (18 May 1920) and funeral (8 April 2005). Other attempts to link the pope to the motto have been “more forced,” included drawing a connection to Copernicus (who formulated a comprehensiveheliocentric model of the solar system), as both were Polish and lived in Kraków for parts of their lives.|
|111.||Glory of the olive.||Benedict XVI (2005–2013)||Joseph Ratzinger||Proponents of the prophecies generally try to draw a connection between Benedict and the Olivetan order to explain this motto: Benedict’s choice of papal name is after SaintBenedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order, of which the Olivetans are one branch. Other explanations make reference to him as being a pope dedicated to peace and reconciliations of which the olive branch is the symbol.|
|In p[er]ſecutione. extrema S.R.E. ſedebit.|
|In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit.||In the Lignum Vitae, the line “In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.” forms a separate sentence and paragraph of its own. While often read as part of the “Peter the Roman” prophecy, other interpreters view it as a separate, incomplete sentence explicitly referring to additional popes between “glory of the olive” and “Peter the Roman”.|
|Petrus Romanus, qui paſcet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus tranſactis ciuitas ſepticollis diruetur, & Iudex tremẽdus iudicabit populum ſuum. Finis.|
|112.||Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.||Many analyses of the prophecy note that it is open to the interpretation that additional popes would come between the “glory of the olive” and Peter the Roman. Popular speculation by proponents of the prophecy attach this prediction to Benedict XVI’s successor. Since Francis‘ election as Pope, proponents in internet forums have been striving to link him to the prophecy. Theories include a vague connection with Francis of Assisi, whose father was named Pietro (Peter).|