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Bernard of Clairvaux Church. Personalities Prophecy of the Popes

Saint Malachy of Armagh (1094-1148)

Saint Malachy (irish Maelmhaedhoc Ó Morgair) — was the Archbishop of Armagh.

Saint Malachy was the author of the Prophecy of the Popes, the vision of the identity of the last 112 Roman Popes.

He was the first Irish saint to be canonised (6 July 1190) by a Pope.

Born: 1094;  Armagh, Northern Ireland
Died: November 2, 1148; Clairvaux Abbey, France

Bishop of Down:  1137
Archbishop of Armagh:  1132
Bishop of Down and Connor: 1124
Ordination:  1119

Penultimate Pope

The figure on the right shows the final part of the «Prophecy of the Popes» in «Lignum Vitæ» (1595), p. 311

The «Prophecy of the Popes» was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, as part of his book (lat. «Lignum Vitæ») [Arnold de Wyon. Lignum Vitæ. 1595]. This prophecy is attributed to St. Malachy (1094—1148), the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland.

The Prophecy consists of 111 short single-line paragraphs and two multiple-line paragraphs. These 113 paragraphs describe the Roman Popes, beginning from Pope Celestine II (whose papacy has begun on September 25, 1143).

At the table below the original Latin text of the Prophecy of the Popes (including punctuation and orthography) is shown against a dark background.

Motto (latin)    Pope's Name (latin)    Explanation (latin)
Pope No.    Motto No. and translation    Regnal Name (Reign)    Explanation
Ex caſtro Tiberis.    Cœleſtinus. ij.    Typhernas.
167    1. From a castle of the Tiber.    Celestine II (1143—1144)    An inhabitant of Tifernum.
   ...    ...    ...
...    ...    ...    ...
Gloria oliuæ.
267    111. Glory of the olive.    Benedict XVI (2005—2013)    Chose the name Benedict after St. Benedict who started the Benedictine order whose Crest is an Olive Branch.
In psecutione extrema S.R.E. ſedebit.
268    112. In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit.    Francis (2013—)    His motto, «Miserando atque eligendo», is taken from a homily of St. Bede on Мat 9:9-13, who commented that Jesus "saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: 'Follow me'".
Petrus Romanus, qui paſcet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus tranſactis ciuitas ſepticollis diruetur, & Iudex tremẽdus iudicabit populum ſuum. Finis.
269    113. Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.

According to the «Prophecy of the Popes» of Saint Malachy of Armagh, Benedict XVI is the third from the end Roman Pope, associating with the 111th motto lat. «Gloria Oliuae» (eng. «Glory of the olive»). After Benedict XVI the Church will have two more Popes.

According to the «Prophecy of the Popes» the Penultimate Roman Pope (i.e. Pope Francis I) will reign «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church»: 112 Motto: «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit» (lat. «In psecutione extrema S.R.E. ſedebit»).

2032. Last Pontificat

There exists a fascinating hypothesis related to the «Prophecy of the Popes» written by St. Malachy of Armagh. The phrase «Axle in the midst of a sign» (lat. «Axis in medietate ſigni»), which describes the pontificate of Sixtus V, can be interpreted as pointing out the exact middle of the reign of all the Popes described in the prophecy. In support of such a thesis we have the claim of Jean-Paul Cleber (Clébert, Jean-Paul, Prophéties de Nostradamus, 2003) which states that in the dictionaries of XVI century the Latin word for «sign» could also mean «prophecy». So, the phrase «Axis in medietate ſigni» could be translated as the «Axis of the middle of the prophecy».

Using this, try to calculate the time of the end of the «Prophecy of the Popes»:

The pontificate of Celestine II, the first Pope of the prophecy, began on September 26, 1143. The papacy of Sixtus V began on April 24, 1585 and ended on August 27, 1590. The middle of his reign falls on December 25, 1587. We are going to consider this date as the «Axis of the middle of the prophecy». Between September 26, 1143 and December 25, 1587 there are 162251 days. If we add as many days to December 25, 1587, we arrive at Thursday, March 18, 2032.

Therefore, Thursday, March 18, 2032 must be the last day of the pontificate of the last Pope, i.e. year 2032 marks the end of the Papacy.

It is interesting to note that from September 26, 1143 to March 18, 2032 there will pass 888 years and 174 days. The gematria of the name Jesus, «Ιησους», makes up the number
888 = (Ι=10) + (η=8) + (σ=200) + (ο=70) + (υ=400) + (σ=200).

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