The Rumors over the next Pope are lighting up the Internet. Sunday’s Daily Mail headline read, “The Papal Apocalypse! Doomsday fanatics claim next pontiff will be the last according to 12th century Prophecy of the Popes”
A 12th century saint’s writings are adding fuel to the rumors, MSN reported on Sunday. The writings are being interpreted by some as a prediction of the end of the Roman Catholic Church and the end of the world.
The saintly source of Pope rumors
The Pope rumors originated from Irish Saint Malachy. He lived between 1094 and 1148. Some say St. Malachy predicted the apocalypse in his writings.
MSN notes that the rough translation of St. Malachy’s prophecies are as follows: "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 [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End."
In is writings, St. Malachy claims Peter the Roman will preside over the end of the world. One of the leading Pope candidate is Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson.(His photo is posted above.) MSN explains that Turkson is part of the Catholic administrative body, the Roman Curia. Some say that means he could be described Peter the Roman, the Pope who would preside over the apocalypse. But others suggest that the prophecy itself may be a forgery.
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