The Prophecy of St. Malachy


   Although this website primarily focuses on Biblical truths, the recent death of Pope John Paul II has prompted me to present this interesting study. This page is being written even during the week of John Paul II`s memorial services and funeral.

(From the Catholic Encyclopedia 1913 edition)

   The most famous and best known prophecies about the popes are those attributed to St. Malachy. In 1139 he went to Rome to give an account of the affairs of his diocese to the pope, Innocent II, who promised him two palliums for the metropolitan Sees of Armagh and Cashel. While at Rome, he received (according to the AbbĂ© Cucherat) the strange vision of the future wherein was unfolded before his mind the long list of illustrious pontiffs who were to rule the Church until the end of time. The same author tells us that St. Malachy gave his manuscript to Innocent II to console him in the midst of his tribulations, and that the document remained unknown in the Roman Archives until its discovery in 1590 (Cucherat, "Proph. de la succession des papes", ch. xv). They were first published by Arnold de Wyon, and ever since there has been much discussion as to whether they are genuine predictions of St. Malachy or forgeries. The silence of 400 years on the part of so many learned authors who had written about the popes, and the silence of St. Bernard especially, who wrote the "Life of St. Malachy", is a strong argument against their authenticity, but it is not conclusive if we adopt Cucherat's theory that they were hidden in the Archives during those 400 years.

   Although St. Malachy`s prophesy of the Popes is not Biblical, it is at the very least interesting when compared to endtime Bible prophesy events.

   St. Malachy, whose family name was O`Morgair, was born in Armagh in 1094. He was ordained priest by St.Cellach (Celsus) in 1119. He was then chosen Abbot of Bangor in 1123. A year later he was consecrated Bishop of Conner, and , in 1132, he was promoted to the Primacy of Armagh. He went to Rome in 1139 to give account of his diocese to the Pope, Innocent II. While there, he received a vision of the future Popes which were to rule from Clestine II, who was elected in 1130, to the end of the World. 112 in number, they were given mystical titles. These titles seem to describe some trait,allusion,point or similitude in their application to the individual Popes. I have included a few examples of these prophetic titles below.

Celestine II (1143-1144)

Title- Ex castio Tyberis (from a castle on the Tiber)

History- Celestine II was born in Citta di Castello,on the shores of the Tiber.

Gregory IX (1227-1241)

Title- Avis Ostionsis (Bird of Ostia)

History- Before his election he was Cardinal of Ostia.

Urban IV (1261-1264)

Title- Hierusalem Campaniae (Jerusalem of Champagne)

History- A native of Troyes, Champagne, He later became Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Nicholas IV (1288-1292)

Title- Ex eremos celsus (elevated from a hermit) History- Prior to His election He was a hermit in the monastery of Pouilles.

John XXII (1316-1334)

Title- De sutore Osseo ( of the cobbler of Osseo) History- His family name was Ossa, the son of a shoe-maker.

Callistus III (1455-1458)

Title- Bos pascens (grazing ox) History- The arms of Callistus III sported a golden grazing ox.

Clement IX (1667-1669)

Title- Sydus Olrum (constellation of swans) History- Upon His election He was an occupant of the chamber of Swans in the Vatican.

Paul VI (1963-1978)

Title-Flos florum (flower of flowers) History- His arms displayed three lilies.

John Paul I (1978)

Title- De medietate Lunae (of the half of the moon) History- Albino Luciani, born in Canale d`Ogardo, diocese of Belluno,(beautiful moon). Elected Pope on August 26, His reign lasted about a month, from half the moon to the next half.

John Paul II (1978-2005)

Title- De Labore Solis (of the eclipse of the sun, of the labour of the sun) History-Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse. Update: According to the International Astronomical Union, there was a total solar eclipse that occured on April 8, 05, the same date as Pope John Paul II`s funeral and burial.


   As of this writing, the next Pope has yet to be elected. Update: On April 19,2005 Joseph Alois Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI. His prophetical title is Gloria Olivae ( Glory of the Olives). It is yet to be revealed what this title will mean. Update: Joseph Ratzinger chose his Pontificate name after St Benedict,the founder of the Benedictine monks who were also known as the Olivetans. According to the prophesy, Gloria Olivae is the next to the last Pope.


   According to St.Malachy`s writings the last Pope will be Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman). The prophesy reads, "In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed his sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills (Rome) will be destroyed, and the formidable judge will judge his people, the end."

   Could it be that only two more Popes will reign before the end of this present age. How long will each Pope reign? 10, 20 years? Maybe less? Regardless of how long, We know from Bible Prophesy that the time is short. We can see many of the signs today; Increased earthquakes, extreme weather patterns, the evil thoughts of men increasing and antisemitism against Israel. These are all signs that Jesus is coming soon.

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