Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio the last pope? This is true according to St. Malachy’s prophecies. St. Malachy was an Irish bishop of the 12th century who claimed to have a revelation in 1139 showing him all the popes from his day to the end of time.
In all, St. Malachy listed 112 popes beginning with Pope Celestine II and concluding with a pope described in the prophecy as “Peter the Roman”, who’s pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome. This manuscript was then deposited in the Roman Archives, and forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590 and was first published in 1595 by a Benedictine named Arnold de Wyon.
St. Malachy assigned short descriptions in Latin to each pope when he committed his vision to paper. These mottoes usually refer to a family name, birthplace, coat-of-arms, or office held before election to the papacy. For example, Benedict is apparently denoted as the “glory of the olive,” and the Olivetans are affiliated with Benedictine Order.
Amazingly, the pontiff who is elected today would be the last in the series at No. 112.
The last prophecy in the “Prophecy of Popes” goes 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 will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people. The End.”
So, did St. Malachy have a vision that really predicted the last Pope?
It’s not impossible.
Either way, the point of study is to get us to take God seriously and make changes in our life today .
The point of prophecy is to make us focus today on being a good Christian.
So, live a life worthy of repentance.