Resigning Pope Brings Doomsday Prophecy
Is the world only a Pope away from the End? A chilling 12th century prophecy attributed to St. Malachy, an Irish archbishop canonized in 1190, the Prophecy of the Popes predicts that there would be only 112 more popes before the Last Judgment — and Benedict XVI is 111.
The prophecy consists of brief, cryptic phrases in Latin about each Pope. It ends with the 112th pope, named “Petrus Romanus” or “Peter the Roman.” According to the premonition, Peter the Roman would “feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the City of the Seven Hills shall be utterly destroyed, and the awful Judge will judge the people.”