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by style Lowell Williams

The Next Pope May Be The Last

The Next Pope May Be The Last

What do they call a German guy who wears a five thousand dollar hat? ‘Pope,’ that’s what. And according to an 862 year old prophecy, the more accurate answer would be ‘the next to the last pope’ or the current pope.

Could the Pope’s religious reign over more than a billion happy Catholics be coming to an end? St. Malachy of Ireland apparently thought so.

He lived in the 1100s and was the Archbishop of Amagh, Ireland, and later became the first Irish saint after his death in 1148. He was a very focused and spiritual priest who re-established Christian morals in Ireland after eradicating many years of barbarian bad habits.

While he was visiting Rome, Malachy received a vision. It was a vision of all the popes from his time onward to our time. That’s a hundred and twelve popes altogether. Malachy’s revelation saw each pope along with a corresponding short phrase or “motto” identifying or describing that pontiff.

For instance, Malachy’s motto for Pope Anastasius IV, crowned Pope five years after Malachy died, was “Abbas Suburran. ”That translates into “Suburran abbot.” or Father Suburran. Coincidentally, Pope Anastasius’ family name was, you guessed it, Suburra. But did Malachy know this priest, you might ask, and if he did, how could he possibly know he would be elected pope? Maybe a lucky guess? But for all one hundred and twelve popes?

Malachy’s motto for another Pope, who came to power three hundred and fifty years later, was “Nauta de Ponte Nigro,’ which means “Sailor from a black bridge.” This, of course, is meaningless in itself. But the Pope in question, Gregory XII, was from Venice, a famous maritime and sailing city, and his church was the church of ‘Negroponte.’ Negroponte translates into ‘black bridge.’ You can see where this is going. Malachy’s mottos seemed to fit each and every pope through the centuries right down to the present infallible leader, Pope Benedict XVI. And each of the mottos has somehow been connected to its particular pope even if the linkage was a long stretch of the imagination.

Pope Benedict’s motto from the vision is "Gloria olivae" or "glory of the olive", and it is the last short phrase on Malachy’s long list of popes.

There are plenty of theories as to how Pope Benedict is related to his motto, ‘glory of olives.’ (Haven’t we all been connected to olives at one time or another, like at Thanksgiving dinner?)

One strong association is with the church in which Pope Benedict was a Cardinal earlier in his priestly career. The church’s coat of arms had three olive trees on its shield. Sketchy, but a connection nonetheless.

So, if Pope Benedict is the next to the last bishop of Rome, or pope, then what? Then comes the last. The last pope.

“Petrus Romanus,” or Peter the Roman will be the last pope according to Malachy’s prescient vision of the Roman Catholic Church’s long line of spiritual leaders. This Pope has the last and the longest motto: “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.”

The seven-hilled city, of course, is Rome, and the Pope’s Vatican City lies within Rome’s borders. Many Malachy scholars believe that this last prophecy spells out doom for the Roman Catholic Church and is indeed the end of the line for this, the oldest and largest Christian denomination.

Who knows what will really happen?

The end has been predicted many times before and nothing happened, business as usual. We won’t know anything until it happens – or doesn’t happen.

However, Malachy’s last words when he finished writing the motto about the destruction of Rome was “The End.”

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Rod Bro » 5 years ago

Revelation speaks of the last eight kings chpt 16,17+18.

Since the creation of the sovereign vatican 1927 we have now had seven, the last is the eighth. The one that follows Benedict.

The time in the wilderness for the Harlot Church its period of impotentency at the hands of Napoleon till the 1927 Lateran Treaty.

So yes, I believe we are on the cusp of the great tribulation.

amega » 5 years ago

When Jesus said upon this rock I shall build my church He was building it upon himself not a man. All the way through the O.T. the Word of God tells us not to put your trust in man put your trust in God. He said Thou art Petros (liitle rock) upon this Petra (big rock..Himself)

I will build my Church.

chris » 5 years ago


87 I believe, one of these glorious days, when this united confederation of church goes together, and the new pope is brought out of the United States and put over there according to prophecy, then they'll form an image like unto the beast. And I tell you, the true Church of God will be drove together. The real, true believers out of Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness, whatever they'll be, will go together and cemented by the love of God, that'll make the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ, all the believers. And agnostics and shallow-minded will be cast to one side; they'll go right on into the confederation of churches.


Pres. CDB » 5 years ago

It is possible that the next Pope will be the late Pope John Paul II. He is the most beloved Pope of the world, so if he will rise again from the dead people might say,''God raised him''.. false.

Belovedcaruso » 5 years ago

Well here are three factions in the roman church Europe who is declining, South America and Africa. If the next Pope is Italian ten the church will split

trevor » 5 years ago

all that you are posting is rubbish. ask them to reveal other gospel like the gospel of marry magdalene. why have they kept so many secret to the majority. what about the true God. can they explain it.

Someone » 5 years ago

I belive that the next pope is really the last one and with him the world will end as god tell us there are many bad things gonna happen the pop wants to make poeple accept hos religion and if people do not accept you will not be able to buy or sell any thing the end is werry close the only thing people can do is to accept jesus in thier hart as the one and only lord and make peace with him

sh12345 » 5 years ago

hehe interesting scoop... top candidate: peter turkson... he works in the roman curia ... peter the roman

sh12345 » 5 years ago

i didnt know this until today: in the catholic faith, the popes were successors to saint peter. jesus said to peter that he is the rock on which He will build His church upon. the pope is supposed to be a pillar of the church! remember that peter means rock (stronghold, pillar of the church).. maybe the last pope will be someone who will be different in a good way.. kinda off topic: but i had a weird dream.. a vioce in my dream said: You are the strength and face of the church.. i had this dream weeks before they announced that the pope was resigning.. maybe my dream is related to next pope who will reign..

Jessica » 5 years ago

The last pope is NOT satan... he is the false prophet who will work hand in hand with the antichrist

bob arens » 6 years ago

Just started reading Tom Horn's and Chris Putnam first class treatise "Petrus Romanus". I look forward to talking to St. Malachy very soon at the Lord's table. Think Benedict XVI is well on his way to wherever he will end up. The next pope coming very shortly will be very interesting. Shalom brothers and sisters. Bob Arens. barens

Anonymous » 6 years ago

St. Malachy came from Armagh.....for those who would like to look it up?

carres » 6 years ago

o!!yea !! hes telling the evil govs of the worl that they will save earth from hiting nibiru but hes LIYING!!!! hes satan stupid !!!

carres or karick a sone to b profit !! » 6 years ago

yes he is the last !! and he will end the worship OF GOD !!! to satan !!! the new world religon !!! the pope said the is life in our univers !! satan is from NIBIRU !!! and he is reptilian !! man sort of ?? at the end of the year he will desend in an UFO !! and all the world will see it !! then he will rule the world!!! till GOD CAST HEM TO HELL !!! then GOD will destry the world with NIBIRU !! follow me !!! yescarres facebook

maz » 6 years ago

I believe God gave malachy this vision to give us some insight and understanding of whats to come. I believe this is how it will be..and I believe we all better be ready for whats to come;....the bible clearly talks about the last days and the destruction that is coming upon the whole earth...and it will be the end of this worldas we know it. Only putting our trust in Jesus and in His blodd He shed on calvary for our sins will save us from the wrath to come.

Andrea » 6 years ago

The Roman church is built on superstition. None of these claims about "the last pope" etc. appear in the Bible. They are manmade deceptions. Just because the Roman Catholic church proclaims that their church is the true church, which history has proved untrue, does not give it the power to make predictions etc. and force it on its flocks. Only God knows and has the power, not people who are pharisitical plus blind in their faith.

Follow Jesus » 6 years ago

Interesting perspective on the Passion Week:

alex » 6 years ago

Out of many religious institutions I really respect this one --

They help unfortunate children around the world. I believe that at the end of the day God will look at how many people a person helped in Christ name than what rank he or she was in at any religious organization.

Michael Hathman » 6 years ago

As I understand it, Pope Benedict XVI actually took his name for another Pope that reigned during WWI - Pope Benedict the XV who tried furiously hard to avert the war. He was a peacemaker. The symbol for peace is commonly known as the olive branch. Strongest connection yet.

Gulinja » 7 years ago

Malachy was right.It is revelead in the bible in the book of revelation that a woman(a church),sitting on a red animal with seven heads(seven hills and seven leader or popes)and the eighth will come from the last seven popes.count back from Benedict XVI seven popes and thnk who is next.

Graham Reade » 7 years ago

Bullcrap. Not all prophecies of Saint Malachy came true. Some did, but some did not. Prophecy is not an exact divination, even the Roman Catholic Church teachings and magisterium will agree with that.

NO Pope can ever be named "Peter" or "Petrus" again. It is an honor reserved only for the 1st Pope, Saint Peter the Apostle. The College of Cardinals will not allow it. Your doomsday theories do not hold water.

... » 7 years ago

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Jonathan » 8 years ago

As a catholic I like to point out that to the author who wrote a part of St. Malachy revelation :

"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.”

This is about the 2nd comming of Jesus Christ and the Pope will be persecuted by the Antichrist and false prophet. The Antichrist be trying to lead to the world to worship him instead of Jesus , and take the Mark of the Beast. (with the help of the the false prophet )

"The dreadful Judge will judge the people." (It's Jesus Christ's 2nd comming but this time not as a Merciful Savior but as a Just Judge)

This will end ALL CHURCHES (Baptist,Orthodox,Methodist etc) there will be no need because Jesus will rule and reign for ever more..

Only one Faith all will know Jesus is God. For all Christian we long to worship Jesus face to face without a church.

nextpope » 8 years ago

nextpope » 8 years ago

Nice post, BUT I have to elaborate since tracking the 'next pope' is my job!

So please refer to this posting on this site:

Thank you.

Anura Guruge

Papal historian and author of the 2010 book 'The Next Pope'

EP » 8 years ago

Great the humor!

James » 8 years ago

Great Article! I'm going to research this right now! Definitely sounds right to me!

Marie » 8 years ago

Interesting article! The current climate of the Catholic Church is definitely a tumultuous one! And the Disapprovement of it is growing daily. Unfortunately, I do believe it will take it's toll on the current Pontif and the Reputation of the Catholic Church may be irreparable. The End Does Not Justify the Means! Child Abuse and the cover up of Abuse is NOT "petty gossip!" as was called in the Vatican. It is truly time for "CHANGE!" We cannot continue to support an organization that puts It's Reputation before what is right! The Arrogance is at every level! From some of these Entitled Local Priests to the Top Priest with the Red Hat! He May Truly be one of the LAST!

T.W. » 8 years ago

Great story! Maybe this pope is the penultimate pope. My prediction is:

He'll be out by the end of the year. He will most likely die, (let's not discount the boldness of the other Cardinals to make sure he dies to insure the continuation of the corporation). He can never resign. After Benny gives up the ghost, not the Holy One, either, then the executives will elect a Cardinal who is unassailable in any way, to run the corporation and bring it out of bankruptcy, spiritual and financial. But, it will be too late. Ireland has been offended and so has Germany and the United States and we have all been lied to. The U.S. and Germany are economically the most powerful and Ireland is arguably the Most Catholic country in the world. With these three wanting revenge or rather an accounting of events, the Church will not be able to stand and it will dissolve. That is, the super secretive priesthood/dark brotherhood system will dissolve and the new priests will be allowed or ordered to be married

Edward Palamar » 8 years ago

Jesus Christ has raised me from the dead!

On June 25, 1956 A.D. I was reborn having served my duty as St. John the Baptist. Christ has placed me into the retirement of one "Peter the Roman". The resurrection of the dead has begun.

To the Kingdom! Forever! And Ever! Amen and Amen!

As Jesus Christ spoke of not rejoicing that the spirits are subject to us, but that our names are written in heaven, and the fact that Jesus Christ has raised me from the dead to the office of 'Peter the

Roman', I hold that the list of names in the St. Malachy prophecies are akin to, if not exactly, those very names written in heaven.

martalee » 8 years ago

very interesting....learn something new everyday!