This document is usually regarded as not authentic by the exegetes. However, it is often amazing by the coincidence of its mottoes with the reign of the popes whom it announces.
Saint Malachy of Armagh, bishop of Ireland, is born in 1094 and died in 1148 in Clairvaux. This Benedictine monk gives in his time a series of 111 laconic mottoes, finished by a formula which evokes the last pontificate, the end of Rome and the Last Judgment. Each one of these 111 latin mottoes was to apply, in chronological order, to each one of popes who succeed one another since Célestin II, successor of Innocent II, the pontiff who had received Saint Malachy at the time of his voyage to Rome and conferred the title of Papal Legate to him.
« The notes on the Pontiffs are not of Malachy himself, but of the Reverend Father Chacon (Ciaconius), order of the preaching friars, who is interpreting this prophecy.
The dates are from Encyc.Brit. »
You will discover 111 mottoes, therefore 111 Popes, but before
there already was : 157 Popes! ...
1. From a castle on the Tiber. (Ex castro Tiberis)
Celestine II (26 september 1143-1144). Dead on 8 march in Roma
Guido di Citta di Castello.
This Pope was born in Citta di Castello, the city of the Castle, Toscany, on the shores of the Tiber.
2. The enemy thrown out. (Inimicus expulsus)
Lucius II (10 march 1144-1145). Dead on 25 february in Roma
Gerard of Ciaccianemici.
He was born in Bologna of the family Caccianemici (cacciare=throw out, nemici=the enemies).
3. Of the greatness of the mount. (Ex magnitudine montis)
Eugene III (27 february 1145-1153). Dead on 8 july in Roma
Pietro Bernado, or Bernard of Pisa.
He was born in the castle of Grammont (latin: mons magnus).
His family name was Montemagno, name of the town of Montemagno in Etruscan Homeland.
4. The Abbot of Suburra. (Abbas Suburramus)
Anastasius IV (9 july 1153-1154). Dead on 2 december in Roma
Corrado della Suburra.
He was born in Roma in the Suburra district of the family Suburra and has been the Abbot of an abbey).
5. Of the white country. (De rure albo)
Adrian IV (5 december 1154-1159). Dead on 1 september in Anagni
Nicolas Breakspear or Hastifragus.
He was born in Langlais, near the town of Saint-Albans,
North of London. He was a Farmer born near Saint-Albans (alba=white).
6. Of a black Prison. (Ex tetro carcere)
Victor IV, antipope (7 september 1159-1164). Dead on 20 april in Lucques
Ottavio of Monticelli.
He was born in Tivoli in 1095.
He has been cardinal of Saint-Nicholas in carcere (in prison).
7. The transtiberin way. (Via Transtiberina)
Paschal III, antipope (26 april 1164-1168). Dead on 20 september in Roma
Guido da Crema.
He was born in Lombardy.
Guy of Créma, cardinal of Saint Mary of Transtevere (transTiberim).
8. The Hungarian of Tusciae. (De Pannonia Tusciae)
Callistus III, antipope (1170-1177). Dead in Roma
John Morson or John of Strorma.
He was born in Hungary.
Hungarian citizen (pannon in latin), cardinal bishop of Tusculum.
9. Of the guardian goose. (Ex ansere custode)
Alexander III (7 july 1159-1181). Dead on 30 august in Civita Castellana
Rolando Bandinelli or Rainucci.
He was born in Siena, Tuscany.
His family name was Paparona (this name means goose and guardian because he was truly a pope, not an antipope).
10. The light in the door. (Lux in Ostio)
Lucius III (29 august 1181-1185). Dead on 25 november
He was born in Lucques.
Native of Lucques (lux means light), cardinal of Ostia (ostia means door).
11. The pig in the riddle. (Sus in cribro)
Urban III (25 november 1185-1187). Dead on 20 october in Ferrare
He was born in Milan around 1120.
Milanese, his family name was Crivelli (this name means riddle) and he had a pig in his blazon.
12. The sword of Laurent. (Ensis Laurentii)
Gregory VIII (20 october 1187-1187). Dead on 15 december in Pisa
Alberto of Mora or of Spinacchio.
He was born in Benevent.
Cardinal of St Laurent in Lucina, he had crossed swords in his blazon.
13. He descended from the school. (De schola exiet)
Clement III (19 december 1187-1191). Dead on 25 march in Roma.
He was born in Roma.
Roman, his family name was Scholari (this name means school).
14. Of the country of Bovis. (De rure bovensi)
Celestine III (30 march 1191-1198). Dead on 8 january
Giacinto di Pietro di Bobone.
His family name was Bovis (he was originating from the roman country).
15. The signed Count. (Comes signatus)
Innocent III (8 january 1198-1216). Dead on 16 july
the cardinal Giovanni-Lotario di Segni.
He was descendant of the Conti dei Segni (meaning counts of signs).
16. The canon ex latere. (Canonicus ex latere)
Honorius III (1216-1227). Dead on 18 march
the cardinal priest Censius Savelli.
He descended from the family Sabelli, and was canon of St John de Latran (in latin : lateranensis).
17. The bird of Ostia. (Avis Ostiensis)
Gregory IX (19 march 1227-1241). Dead on 22 august
Hugolin, count of Segui.
He descended from the family Conti dei segni (he had a bird in his blazon).
He was cardinal bishop of Ostia.
18. The lion of the Sabine.(Leo Sabinus)
Celestine IV (25 october 1241-1241). Dead on 10 november
Milanese, he had a lion in his blazon, and was cardinal bishop of the Sabine.
19. The count Laurent. (Comes Laurentius)
Innocent IV (25 june 1243-1254). Dead on 7 december in Naples
Genoese, Sinibaldo Fieschi.
He descended from the family Flisca, and was count of Lavagne of St Laurent in Lucina.
20. The sign of Ostia. (Signum Ostiense)
Alexander IV (12 december 1254-1261).
Rinaldo di Segni.
He descended from the family Conti dei Segni (meaning counts of signs), cardinal bishop of Ostia.
21. Jerusalem in Champagne. (Jerusalem Companiae)
Urban IV (22 august 1261-1264).
French of Troyes in Champagne, later patriarch of Jerusalem.
22. The dragon defeated. (Draco depressus)
Clement IV (5 february 1265-1268). Dead on 29 november
Guy Foulques named « the Fat ».
He had an eagle getting one's claws into a dragon in his blazon.
23. The snake-man. (Angiunus vir)
Gregory X (1 september 1271-1276). Dead on 10 january in Arezzo
Milanese, he descended from the family Visconti, and had a snake getting a man into his jaws, in his blazon.
24. The French Preacher. (Concionator Gallus)
Innocent V (1276-1276). Dead on 22 june
Peter of Champigni.
French, of the order of the Preaching Friars.
25. The good count. (Bonus Comes)
Adrian V (1276-1276). Dead on 18 august in Viterbe
The good Otto, descended from the family Flisca, et was count of Lavagne.
26. The fisherman of Tuscie. (Piscator Thuscus)
John XXI (15 september 1276-1277). Dead on 20 may in Viterbe
Peter Julian, the cardinal of Tusculum.
Before John Peter (name of the apostle fisherman), cardinal bishop of Tusculum.
27. The rose composed. (Rosa composita)
Nicholas III (25 november 1277-1280). Dead on 22 august in Soviano
He descended from the family Orsini.
He had a rose in his blazon and his nickname was the Composed.
28. Of the treasure of Lily Martin. (Ex telonio Liliacaei Martini)
Martin IV (22 february 1281-1285). Dead on 28 march in Perugia.
Simon of Brie.
He had some lily flowers, and was the canon and the treasurer of St Martin of Tours.
29. From the rose to the lions. (Ex rosa leonina)
Honorius IV (2 april 1285-1287). Dead on 3 august.
He descended from the family Sabelli. He had a rose carried by two lions in his blazon.
30. The peak between the foods. (Picus inter escas)
Nicholas IV (22 february 1288-1292). Dead on 4 april.
The cardinal Girolamo Masci.
He was native of the Picenum (peak), in the town of Ascoli (esca means food).
31. From the hermitage to the glory. (Ex eremo celsus)
Celestine V (5 july 1294-13 december 1294). Dead on 19 may 1296.
Petro Angelari of Murrone, octogenarian hermit.
Prior to his election he was an hermit in a cave on the tops of the mountains Murrone.
Named Peter of Mouron, the hermit.
32. Of the benediction of the waves. (Ex undarum benedictione)
Boniface VIII (24 december 1294-1303). Dead on 11 october.
He was previously named Benedict (Benedictus, blessed). Gaëtan had some waves in his blazon.
33. The Preacher of Patare. (Concionator pataraeus)
Benedict XI (22 october 1303-1304). Dead on 7 july
He was named Friar Nicholas (name of the bishop born in Patare). He was a member of the order of the Preaching Friars.
34. Of the fasces in Aquitaine. (De Fessis Aquitanicis)
Clement V (14 november 1305-1314). Dead on 20 april in Roquemare.
Raymond Bertrand of Goth.
He was a citizen of the Aquitaine and had some fasces in his blazon (three fasces of gueule).
35. Of the shoemaker of Ossa. (De sutore osseo)
John XXII (25 september 1316-1334). Dead on 4 december in Avignon
He was the son of a shoemaker of Cahors
French, his family name was Ossa, and his father was a cobbler shoemaker.
36. The schismatic crow. (Corvus Schismaticus)
Nicholas V, antipope (1328-1330).
He was named F. Peter of Corbière, and was an antipope against John XII (therefore schismatic).
37. The Abbot frigid or cold. (Frigidus Abbas)
Benedict XII (20 december 1334-1342). Dead on 25 april
He was the Abbot of Fondfroide (France)
(The Abbot of the monastery of the Cold Fontain).
38. Of the rose of Arras. (De rosa Athrebatensi)
Clement VI (7 may 1342-1352). Dead on 6 december
Peter-Roger of Beaufort.
He was the Bishop of Arras in France, and had some roses in his blazon.
39. Of the the mount of Pammachius. (De montibus Pammachii)
Innocent VI (18 december 1352-1362). Dead on 12 september in Avignon.
He was born in Corrèze at Monts-les-Beyssac (France), with the title of Pammachius. He had six mountains in his blazon.
40. The French Viscount. (Gallus Vicecomes)
Urban V (1362-1370). Dead on 19 december.
He was apostolic nuncio to the Visconti of Milan.
(He was a French native).
41. New from a strong Virgin. (Novus de virgine forti)
Gregory XI (30 december 1370-1378). Dead on 26 march
Peter-Roger of Beaufort.
He was named Peter Belfort, and was cardinal of Ste Marie la Neuve (Saint Marie the New).
42. Of the apostolic cross. (De cruce apostolica)
Clement VII, was an antipope (20 september 1378-1394).
Robert of Geneva.
He was the cardinal-presbyte of H. H. XII Apostles, and had a cross in his blazon.
43. The moon of Cosmedin. (Luna Cosmedina)
Benedict XIII, was an antipope (24 september 1394-1423). Dead on 23 march.
Pedro Martinez de Luna.
Previously, Peter of Luna (of the Moon), was the cardinal deacon of Saint Marie in Cosmedin.
44. The schism of Barcelona. (Schisma Barchinonium)
Clement VIII, was an antipope (1424-1429).
Gil Sanchez of Munoz.
As an antipope, he was schismatic, and was the canon of Barcelona.
45. Of the hell at work. (De inferno praegnanti)
Urban VI (1378-1389). Dead on 15 october
Bartolomeo of Prignamo.
He was the bishop of Bari.
Neapolitan, his family name Pregnani is equivalent in latin to praegnans, and means « at work ».
He was born in a district of Naples named Inferno (which means Hell).
46. The cube of the mixing. (Cubus de mixtione)
Boniface IX (2 november 1389-1404). Dead on 1 october
He was cardinal priest.
He descended from the family Tomacelli, and was native of Genoa in Liguria. He has some cubes mixed in his blazon.
47. Of a better star. (De meliore sydere)
Innocent VII (17 october 1404-1406). Dead on 6 november
Cosimos de Migliorati.
His name was Cosmato of Meliorato (which means better) of Sulmon. He has a star in his blazon.
48. The sailor of the Black Sea. (Nauta de Ponte nigro)
Gregory XII (30 november 1406-14 july 1415). Dead on 19 october 1417
Venetian, silent partner of the church of Ponte Nigro (which means Black Sea).
49. The curse of the sun. (Flagellum solis)
Alexander V, antipope (26 june 1409-1410). Dead on 3 may
Greek, archbishop of Milan, he had a sun in his blazon. (curse because he was an antipope).
50. The stag of the Siren. (Cervus Sirenae)
John XXIII, antipope (17 may 1410-26 july 1417). Dead on 23 december 1419
cardinal deacon of St Eustache, was represented with a stag, legate of Bologna, Neapolitan (Naples was formerly named Parthenope, the name of a siren).
51. The crown of the golden veil. (Corona veli aurei)
Martin V (11 november 1417-1431). Dead on 20 february
He descended from the family Colonna, cardinal deacon of St George with the golden veil. Colonna's arms sported a crown).
52. The celestin she-wolf. (Lupa coelestina)
Eugene IV (3 march 1431-1447). Dead on 23 february
Gabriel Condulmer, Hermit of Saint Augustin.
Venetian, he was canon celestin at first and then bishop of the Siena town (Siena's arms sported a she-wolf).
53. The lover of the cross. (Amator crucis)
Felix V, antipope (5 november 1439-april 1449).
Duke Amadeus VIII of Savoy.
His name Amadeus means love-God). The Duke-of-Savoy's arms sported a cross.
54. Of the smallness of the moon. (De modicitate Lunae)
Nicholas V (6 march 1447-1455). Dead on 24 march
Native of the Lunaegiane of Sarzane (Lunae=Moon), he came from a modest family.
55. The grazing ox. (Bos pascens)
Calistus III (8 april 1455-1458). Dead on 6 august
Alonzo de Borgia.
Spanish, his arms sported a golden grazing ox.
56. Of the she-goat and the inn. (De capra et albergo)
Pius II (1458-1464). Dead on 15 august
The cardinal Nicholas of Albergati entrusted him with some assignments in the Netherlands and in Scotland.
Siena citizen, he has been the secretary of the cardinals Capranica (capra means she-goat) and Albergati (Alberga means inn).
57. Of the stag and lion. (De cervo et leone)
Paul II (30 august 1464-1471). Dead on 26 july
He was cardinal of Saint-Marc and bishop of Cervia (which means stag).
Venetian, he has been a silent partner of the church of Cervia (stag) and cardinal of St-Marc's chapter (which is symbolized by a lion). Besides, he has a lion in his blazon.
58. The fisherman minor. (Piscator Minorita)
Sixtus IV (1471-1484). Dead on 12 august
Francesco della Rovere.
He was educated by the Minor Friars.
Son of a fisherman, he was Franciscan (minor order).
59. The forerunner of Sicily. (Praecursor Siciliae)
Innocent VIII (29 august 1484-1492). Dead on 25 july
He was cardinal and bishop of Malfetta.
He was named John the Baptist (name of the forerunner of Christ) and lived at court of Alphonse, king of Sicily.
60. The ox of Albano to port. (Bos Albanus in porta)
Alexandre VI (1492-1503). Dead on 18 august
Rodrigo Borgia de Valence.
He was bishop of Portus and cardinal bishop of Albano and Porto (which means port). His arms sported a ox.
61. Of the small man. (De parvo homine)
Pius III (22 september 1503-1503). Dead on 18 october
Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini.
This cardinal was Siena citizen and descended from the family Piccolomini (piccolo means small; uomini, men).
62. The fruit of Jove will help. (Fructus Jovis juvabit)
Jules II (31 october 1503-1513). Dead between 20 and 21 february.
Giuliano della Rovere.
This cardinal was Ligurian. His arms sported a oak, the tree of Jove.
63. Of the grill of Politien. (De craticula Politiana)
Leo X (9 march 1513-1521). Dead on 1 december
Giovanni of Medici.
Son of Laurence of Medici, (Saint Laurence was roasted alive on a grill) and student of Politien.
64. The lion of Florent. (Leo Florentius)
Adrien VI (1522-1523). Dead on 14 september
Adrian Florenz, bishop of Tortosa
Son of Florent. His arms sported a lion.
65. The flower of the diseased ball. (Flos pilaei aegri)
Clément VII (1 october 1523-1534). Dead on 25 september
Giulio de Medici.
Florentine, he descended from the House of Medici. His arms sported some balls and the word diseased is a play on his name Médici (which means doctor).
66. The hyacinth of the doctors. (Hiacynthus Medicorum)
Paul III(1534-1549). Dead on 10 november
Farnese, his arms sported some lilys (bluebells or hyacinths) and he was cardinal of H. H. Come and Damien (two doctors and martyrs).
67. The crown of the mount. (De corona montana)
Julius III (8 february 1550-1555). Dead on 23 march
Giovanni Maria Del Monte.
Previously named John Mary del Monte (of the Mount), he had two crowns in his blazon.
68. The wheat ready to fall. (Frumentum floccidum)
Marcellus II (9 april 1555-1555). Dead on 1 may
The arms of this cardinal sported a stag with some wheat at first and then (the corn is in the ear, ready to fall), by analogy with his short life as a pope.
69. Of the faith of Peter. (De fide Petri)
Paul IV (23 march 1555-1559). Dead on 18 august
Gian Pietro Carafa.
This cardinal was previously named John Peter Caraffa (which means dear faith).
70. The remedy of Esculape. (Aesculapi pharmacum)
Pius IV (25 december 1559-1565). Dead on 9 december
Giovanni Angelo de Medici.
He studied medecine at first and then law.
He was previously named John Ange of Medici because there is a play on his name Medici (which means doctor and the father of the medicine is named Esculape).
71. The angel of the wood. (Angelus nemorosus)
Pius V (7 january 1566-1572). Dead on 1 may
He was born at Bosco, in Savoy, in 1504 and he looked after the goats in his younger days.
Named Michael (name of an angel), he was native of the town of Bosco (which means wood).
72. The half body of the balls. (Medium corpus pilarum)
Gregory XIII (13 may 1572-1585). Dead on 10 april
This cardinal had a half body of dragon in his blazon and was made cardinal by Pius IV (the arms of this pope sported some balls.
73. The axis in the middle of the sign. (Axis in medietate signi)
Sixtus V (24 april 1585-1590). Dead on 27 august
He had an axis in the middle of a lion in his blazon. (The lion is one of the zodiac signs).
74. Of the dew of sky. (De rore coeli)
Urban VII (14 september 1590-1590). Dead on 27 september
He was archbishop of Rossano in Calabria, where the manna is collected (ros means dew in latin).
75. Of the ancientness of the town. (Ex antiquitate Urbis)
Gregory XIV (5 december 1590-15 october 1591). Dead on 16 october
Niccolo Sfondrati (Nicolas Sfondrato).
Native of Milan which is an ancient town, he was the son of a senator (senator means ancient).
76. The holy city at war. (Pia civitas in bello)
Innocent IX (29 october 1591-1591). Dead on 30 december
Gian Antonio Facchinetti (Anthony Facchinetti)
He was native of Bologna (which is a famous city in the annals of the Roman Church) and was often the defender of the Papacy. This pope has sent troops to the French League, and it is the only important event of his very short pontificate.
77. The romulean cross. (Crux romulea)
Clement VIII (2 february 1592-5 march 1605). Dead on 8 march
Ippolito Aldobrandini .
He descended from the roman family of Aldobrandini, (Romulus has been the founder of Roma), and his arms sported a series of crosses in a criss-cross pattern similar to the cross of this roman pope with several crossbars.
78. The man with the waves. (Undosus vir)
Leo XI (1 april 1605-26 april 1605). Dead on 27 april
Alexandro Ottaviano of Medici (Octave of Medici).
This pope, elected on 1st april, was like an April fool during the 27 days of his reign, and therefore he was like the waves which fled.
79. The perverse race. (Gens perversa)
Paul V (16 may 1605-1621). Dead on 28 january
Camillo Borghese (Camille Borghese).
He descended from the family of Borghese and his arms sported an eagle and a dragon, the perverse races.
80. In the tribulations of the peace. (In tribulatione pacis)
Gregory XV (9 february 1621-1623). Dead on 8 july
Alessandro Ludovisi (Alexander Ludovisi).
He studied law, instituted the political propaganda, composed the Constitution on the Conclave rules and reformed the religious orders in order to to bring peace to Christian World so disturbed by the Thirty Years War.
81. The lily and the rose. (Lilium et Rosa)
Urban VIII (6 august 1623-1644). Dead on 29 july
Maffeo Barberini (Maeffeo Barberini).
His pontificate has been marked by the alliance between the rose of Protestant England and the lily of Catholic France during the Thirty Years War. This alliance was a disaster for the Papacy.
82. The joy and the cross. (Jucunditas crucis)
Innocent X (16 september 1644-5 january 1655). Dead on 7 january
Giambattista Pamfili (John-Baptiste Pamphili).
He was elected on the day of the Exaltation of the Cross (14 september).
83. The guardian of the mountains. (Montium custos)
Alexander VII (7 april 1655-1667). Dead on 22 may
Fabio Chigi (Fabius Chigi).
He descended from the family of Chigi and his arms sported some montains surmounted by a star.
84. The star of the swans. (Sidus olorum)
Clement IX (20 june 1667-1669). Dead on 9 december
Giulio Rospigliosi (Julius Rospigliosi).
He was born near the river Stellata (stella means star) and upon his election, he was apparently the occupant of the Chamber of Swans, an apartment of the Vatican having several swans painted on its walls.
85. Of the great river. (De flumine magno)
Clement X (29 april 1670-1676). Dead on 22 july
Emilio Altieri (Emilio Altieri).
He descended from the family of Altieri and his arms sported the constellation of Cassiopea, which is crossed by the Milky Way named formerly the great river. Other interpretation: he was born on the shores of the Tiber, the great river of Roma, which has overflowed on his birthday, and his basket has been rescued from the river like the Moses basket.
86. The insatiable beast. (Bellua insatiabitis)
Innocent XI (21 september 1676-1689). Dead on 12 august
Benedetto Odescalchi (Benedict Odescalchi).
His arms sported an eagle and a lion which are two insatiable beasts.
87. The glorious penitence. (Poenitentia gloriosa)
Alexander VIII (6 october 1689-1 february 1691). Dead on 1 september
Pietro Ottoboni (Pierre Ottoboni).
Elected on the day of Saint-Bruno's feast, founder of a penitent order, the very severe order of the Carthusian monks (6 october).
88. The rake in the gate. (Rastrum in porta)
Innocent XII (12 july 1691-1700). Dead on 27 september
Antonio Pignatelli (Anthony Pignatelli).
He descended from the family of Pignatelli del Rastello (which means Rake) and lived near the gates of Naples, the great italian port.
89. Some flowers all around. (Flores circumdati)
Clement XI (23 november 1700-1721). Dead on 19 march
Gian Francsico Albani (Francis Albani).
This cardinal was born in Urbin, a town having a crown of flowers in his blazon.
90. Of good religion. (De bona religione)
Innocent XIII (8 may 1721-7 march 1724).
Michelangelo dei Conti (Michelangelo Conti).
He descended from the family of Conti dei Segni, the only family who had provided the Church with nine popes and therefore he was of good religion.
91. The soldier at war. (Miles in bello)
Benedict XIII (29 may 1724-1730). Dead on 21 february
Pietro Francesco Orsini (Vincent Orsini)
He descended from the family of Orsini, well-known in the Middle Ages for their audacity and their heroism as warriors.
92. The tall column. (Columna excelsa)
Clément XII (12 july 1730-1740). Dead on 8 february
le cardinal Lorenzo Corsini (Lawrence Corsini).
He took an interest in architecture; he decorated with some colossal columns the main portico of St John of Latran in Roma and created the School of Architecture in the Capitole.
93 The animal in the fields. (Animal rurale)
Benedict XIV (20 august 1740-1758). Dead on 3 may
Propero Lambertini (Prosper Lambertini).
This cardinal obstinately and patiently fighted off the amoral and impious philosophy of his ne's age. He was as the ox, this obstinate and patient animal in the fields.
94. The rose of Umbria. (Rosa Umbriae)
Clement XIII (6 july 1758-1769). Dead on 2 february
Carlo Rezzonico (Charles Rezzonico).
This cardinal was initially governor of Rieti, a town of Ombria. The Plains of Rieti, compared by Ciceron to the valley of Tempe, is particularly delightful with these perfumed roses.
95. The speedy bear. (Ursus velox)
Clement XIV (19 may 1769-1774). Dead on 22 september
Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli (Lawrence Ganganelli).
The sign of his father's house was a running bear.
96. The apostolic traveller. (Peregrinus apostolicus)
Pie VI (15 february 1775-1799). Dead on 29 august in Valence
Giovanni Angelo Braschi (Angelo Braschi)
This pope travelled twice abroad. The first travel was voluntary; the pope went to Vienna and approached Joseph II to defend the rights of the Church which were jeopardized by the interference of this emperor in the spiritual affairs. Since several centuries, it was the first time that a pope has been outside Italy. The second travel was not voluntary; the troops of the French General Berthier took the pope captive, and took him away to Siena, Florence, Parma, Turin, Briançon, Grenoble and then Valence in France; he died imprisoned. Twice, Pius VI has been the « Apostolic Traveller ».
97. The predatory eagle. (Aquila rapax)
Pius VII (14 march 1800-1823). Dead on 20 august
Luigi Barnaba Chiaramonti.
Napoleon the First took this pope captive to Fontainebleau in France on the 19 june 1812. Napoleon, the predatory eagle, forced the pope to sign the Concordat on 25 january 1813.
98. The dog and the snake. (Canis et Coluber)
Leo XII (28 september 1823-1829). Dead on 10 february
le cardinal Hannibal della Genga (Annibal della Ganga)
The pontificate of this pope is marked by the efflorescence of secret societies characterized by the cynism and the treachery.
99. The religious man. (Vir religiosus)
Pius VIII (31 march 1829-1830). Dead on 30 nevembre
The cardinal Castiglioni (Francis-Xavier Castiglioni).
This very short pontificate is marked by a sole encyclical letter. The pope attacks in it the errors and the modern indifference in matter of religion.
100. Of Balnes in Etruria. (De balneis Etruriae)
Gregory XVI (2 february 1831-1 june 1846).
Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari (Mauro Capellari).
This pope was a member of the order of Camaldules, founded by Saint Romuald in Balnes in Etruria, and created the Etruscan Museum in the Vatican.
101. The cross (coming) from the cross. (Crux de cruce)
Pius IX (16 june 1846-1878). Dead on 7 february
Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti (John Mastaï).
This pope suffered the cross of the persecution during the Italian Revolution (the Risorgimento). This Revolution was stired up by the House of Savoy which has a cross in his blazon.
102. The light in the sky. (Lumen in caelo)
Leo XIII (20 february 1878-1903). Dead on 20 july
The cardinal Vincenzi Giaccommo Pecci (Joachim Pecci).
This pope descended from the family of Pecci and he had a comet in a blue sky in his blazon. In addition to that, he has been a light for the Christendom particularly with his encyclical letter about social issues.
103. The ardent fire. (Ignis ardens)
Pius X (4 august 1903-1914). Dead on 20 august
Giuseppe Melchiore Sarto (Joseph Sarto).
He was elected on the day of Saint-Dominique's feast (4 august). (The order of Saint-Dominique has an ardent torch in his blazon). This pope was cardinal of the Chapter of St Bernard-aux-Thermes.
104. The depopulated religion. (Religio depopulata)
Benedict XV (3 september 1914-1922). Dead on 22 january
Giacomo Della Chiesa (Jacques della Chiesa).
He lived the whole 1914-18 war and the resulting worldwide revolution which really depopulated the churches of the Christian Religion.
105. The intrepid faith. (Fides intrepida)
Pius XI (6 february 1922-1939). Dead on 10 february
He was the pope of the Missions and the Catholic Action, proofs of an intrepid faith.
106. The angelic pastor. (Pastor angelicus)
Pius XII (2 march 1939-1958). Dead on 9 october in Castelgandolfo
He was the angelic pastor announced by the prophecy since the Middle Ages.
107. The pastor and the sailor. (Pastor et nauta)
John XXIII (25 october 1958-1963). Dead on 3 june
He was the patriarch of Venice which is the town of the sailors. As a pastor for his flock, he was the reference point for the Council of Vatican II.
108. The flower among the flowers. (Flos florum)
Paul VI (21 june 1963-1978). Dead on 13 may
Giovanni Basttista Montini (John-Baptiste Montini).
This pope is native of Florence and the lily, known as the flower among the flowers, is the symbol of this town. Besides, he had three flowers of lily in his blazon.
109. Of the half of the moon. (De mediate lunae)
John-Paul I (26 august 1978-1978). Dead on 28 september at 23 heures
He was born in Canale of Agordo, near Belluno.
Elected during the half-moon, John-Paul I died 33 days later.
110. Of the work of the sun. (De Labore solis)
John-Paul II (16 october 1978 - saturday 2 april 2005 at 21:37 H).
The cardinal Carol Wojtyla.
This pope coming from the East (Poland) was like the rising sun appearing to the East. As the sun bringing every day the light to the world, this tireless traveller brought the spirit light to the humanity. Thus he was a working sun. (Other translation of the motto: « Of the eclipse of the sun ». Karol Wojtyla was born on may 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse).
111. Of the glory of the olive. (De gloria olivae)
Benedict XVI (2005-2013).
The cardinal Ratzinger
This pope would be an important contributor in the process for the worldwide peace (symbolized by the olive-tree) ? Or he would be the pope of the great events relating to Israel and the promises made by Christ on his people ? (Jerusalem Jewish, the question of the Temple, the relations between Israel and the Church ?). The frank olive-tree symbolizes Israel in Saint-Paul texts. The Scriptures announce certain events not yet carried out concerning this people : « Jerusalem will be hammred by the nations until the time of the nations is ended ». We recommend to read the small book written by this Pope : « Many Religions, one Covenant : Israel, the Church and the World, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Press, 2000 ». To be meditated.
And thus ends the prophecy:
« In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church
will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed (lead)
the sheep through many tribulations.
At the term of these tribulations the city of seven hills
will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people. The End. »
"In pfecutione. extrema S.R.E. fedebit.
Petrus Romanus, qui pafcet oues in multis tribulationibus :
quibus tranfactis ciuitas fepticollis diruetur,
& Iudex tremêdus indicabit populum fuum.Finis."
There is no number 112 in front of this last motto, leaving the reader to wonder if The Last One IS Peter the Roman, or they are two separate entities.
Some authors have speculated that the omission of the number 112 may indicate that Peter the Roman will not acceed to office through orthodox means.
Under this allegory of Peter the Roman, the end of the Gospel of saint John speaks about the way in which the papacy will make testimony in God.
Thus, according to the letter of the prophecy of the Popes, perhaps will it be possible to judge the truth in our time :
112. (The Last One ?) will feed (lead) the sheep through many tribulations. (Pafcet oues in multis tribulationibus)
François I (13 march 2013-????).
The cardinal Jorge Mario BERGOGLIO was born December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By placing his pontificate under the patronage of Francis of Assisi, this Pope indicates his choice: « poverty, ecology, non-violence, dialogue with islam, reform of the Church. ». Can he really lead the sheep through many tribulations?
Cardinal Jorge Mario BERGOGLIO became Pope Francis I. The new Pope is of argentine nationality. Does he corresponds to the Malachy's Prophecy?
There are some amazing facts:
- The Pope Francis has a surname of Italian origin, which could match the adjective « Roman » (Petrus Romanus) of the Prophecy.
- The Pope Francis does not use the term of Pope, but presents himself as « the Bishop of Rome ».
- His predecessor Benoit XVI resigned February 28, day of the « Holy Roman ».
- The Pope Francis was elected on 13 March, the feast of a local blessed « Peter II of the Cave ».
- The Pope Francis said in Spanish: : « Parece que mis hermanos cardenales han ido a buscarlo casi al fin del mundo » (it seems that my Cardinal brothers went to pick me up near the end of the world). He did not say « at the end of the world » who will say « extremo del mundo » in Spanish.
The Malachy's Prophecy would therefore seem still valid today!