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article imageOp-Ed: Pope Benedict's sudden retirement and St. Malachi’s prophecy

By Eliot Elwar     Mar 1, 2013 in World
Pope Benedict XVI announced his retirement from the papacy in February 2013. The Pope’s sudden retirement reminds many biblical eschatologists of St. Malachi’s famous prophecies for the 112 Catholic popes.
Pope Benedict XVI retired on Thursday, 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to abdicate since Gregory XII in 1415. Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square in the Vatican for Pope Benedict's final general audience on Wednesday 27 February 2013. His successor will be chosen in a conclave to take place in March 2013, according to BBC news.
St. Malachi’s Career
St. Malachi was an Irish prelate and reformer, St. Patrick’s greatest successor, born in Armagh in 1094. Ordained a priest in 1119, he became vicar of Armagh before resigning to enter the monastery of Lismore under the Benedictine rule. He became Bishop of Down and later Bishop of Connor. However, opposition to the succession forced him out by 1127, and he became Abbot of Iveragh. While he was subsequently appointed archbishop of Armagh, he was unable completely dispel rival claims to the see until 1137. With his reputation clear, he resigned and returned to Down, living a monastic existence. He was later appointed papal legate for Ireland. He restored ecclesiastical discipline in Ireland, unified the church there, and brought about the utilization of the Roman liturgy rather than the Celtic. He died in 1148 and he was canonized in 1199, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
St. Malachi was known as a great prophet. While visiting Rome in 1139 AD, he received a dramatic vision showing him all the Popes from his era to time’s end. Only one Pope will follow Pope Benedict XVI, according to St. Malachi’s visions. St. Malachi possessed levitation powers, healing gifts, and clairvoyant visions. While on his way to the Vatican to assume the papal post legate for Ireland, he fell into a deep mystical trance where he saw the future of papal history stretching from the successor to Innocent II and extending through centuries to the last of the line, identified as Peter the Roman. Malachi assigned brief descriptions in Latin to every pope when he wrote down his visions. His descriptions usually refer to a family name, birthplace, coat-of-arms, or office held before election to the papacy. A few of the phrases contained multiple prophecies, written with ingenious word play, according to many eschatologists, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
His papal predictions through the centuries have appeared to be amazingly accurate, even prophesying his own death, according to eschatologist Hal Lindsey and others. The 112 popes and their characteristics are listed from 1143 AD to either the world’s end or Catholicism as we know it, when the truth reveals the mystery about human creation and destiny. St. Malachi's final words were: "Rome, the seat of the Vatican, will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people." Analysis of Malachi’s final 10 popes reveals an almost eerie precision.
Pope Pius X
St. Malachi predicted that Pope Pius X would as burning fire. This Pope showed a burning passion for the Church’s spiritual renewal. This pope was born in the Venetia’s Italian region and he became Mantua’s bishop in 1884 and Venice’s patriarch in 1893. He was elected pope in 1903 and soon became known both for his piety and for his staunch religious and political conservatism. Pius suppressed the Catholic intellectual movement known as Modernism, while opposing the political movement for social reform known as Christian Democracy. He worked to organize the laity for collaboration in the Church's apostolic work, and he reformed the Catholic liturgy. His decision to systematize canon law led to the new code publication in 1917, which became effective in 1918, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope Benedict XV
St. Malachi prophesied that Pope Benedict XV would see religion laid waste. During this Pope's reign, communism and atheism move into Russia and religious life for many was laid waste. The First World War involved the deaths of millions of Christians who were killed by an anti-God government system because of their spiritual beliefs. Benedict XV was ordained a priest in 1878 and he entered the papal diplomatic service. He was made Archbishop of Bologna in 1907 and cardinal in 1914. Elected pope a month after the outbreak of the First World War, he tried to follow a policy of strict neutrality and concentrated the church's efforts on relief. He later made positive efforts toward reestablishing peace, though his principal attempt in 1917 to mediate the war was unsuccessful, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope Pius XI
St. Malachi forecast that Pope Pius XI would have unshakable faith. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and sinister powers in Germany and Italy, while he was an outspoken communism and fascism critic, which enraged Hitler. He became an archbishop in 1827, a cardinal in 1840, and pope on the death of Gregory XVI. He set out to make liberal reforms, but the revolutionary fervor in 1848 terrified him into extreme conservatism. He proclaimed the Immaculate Conception dogma and convened the First Vatican Council, which promulgated the papal infallibility doctrine. After losing temporal power to Victor Emmanuel II upon Italian unification, he regarded himself as a “prisoner in the Vatican” and refused any contact with the Italian government. Pius's career was the long and successful. He was beatified in 2000 by Pope John Paul II, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope Pius XII
St. Malachi foretold that Pope Pius XII would be an angelic shepherd. This Pope had an affinity for the spiritual world and received visions which have not been made public yet. Pius XII emerged as a great Pope in the 20th century and he was a true angelic Pastor to the flock, according to many Catholics. Before succeeding Pius XI in 1939, he served in the papal diplomatic service and as secretary of state to the Holy See. While he was active in humanitarian work with prisoners and refugees during the Second World War, he has been criticized by some for not having done more to either prevent or fight against the Holocaust. During the postwar era, he was a defender of persecuted Catholics in communist nations. Known for his austere conservatism, he in 1950 defined the Virgin’s bodily Assumption dogma, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope John XXIII
St. Malachi predicted that Pope John XXIII would become a pastor and mariner to the world. Pope John XXIII studied theology in Rome, was ordained a priest in 1904, and held various church offices. He was named papal to newly liberated France in 1944, where he successfully revived Vatican sympathy. Made a cardinal in 1953, he was elected pope following the death of Pius XII. While he was expected to be little more than a caretaker for the office due to his advanced age, he became the 20th century’s major reforming pope. He called the Second Vatican Council in 1962, where he invited Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant observers to join Catholic delegates because he was eager to lead the Catholic Church into the modern era. He attempted to repair the damage relationship with the Jewish community. The council went on to make major reformations in Catholic liturgy and administration, although John died before its conclusion. An energetic world peace advocate, he became a popular pope in the 20th century. By 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified him, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope Paul VI
St. Malachi prophesied that Pope Paul VI would be the flower of flowers. Paul's coat-of-arms depicts three fleurs-de-lis, corresponding to Malachi's vision. Pope Paul VI was educated at Brescia and ordained in 1920, he continued his studies in Rome, earning degrees in civil and canon law. He was a church diplomat for much of his career, until he was named archbishop of Milan in 1954. He became a cardinal in 1958, and in 1963 he was elected pope. Paul VI presided over the final sessions of the Second Vatican Council and appointed commissions to carry out its reforms, including revisions in the mass. He also relaxed rules on fasting, removed a few questionable saints from the church's calendar, and enforced conservative positions on birth control and clerical celibacy. He promoted ecumenism and was the first pope to travel widely, visiting Israel, India, Asia, and Latin America, according to New Advent Encyclopedia, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope John Paul I
St. Malachi foretold that the moon would symbolize Pope John Paul I’s spiritual career. John Paul I was elected Pope on 26 August 1078, when there was a half moon. Before his ascendency to the papacy, he was born in in northeastern Italy. He grew up in Murano, near Venice, where his father was a glassblower. Ordained a priest in 1935, Luciani taught theology at the Gregorian Seminary in Belluno. He became Vittorio Veneto’s bishop in 1958 and Venice’s patriarch in 1969. While he was a member of the Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, he remained essentially a pastoral figure rather than a curial bureaucrat. He was elected supreme pontiff following Paul VI’s death in August 1978. In homage to his two immediate predecessors he chose the name John Paul, thus becoming the first pope to take a double papal name. He died in Rome September 28, 1978, after a short time in office, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope John Paul II
St. Malachi predicted that Pope John Paul II would become the sun’s laborer. Pope John Paul II was the most traveled Pope in history. He circled the Earth many times, preaching to huge audiences everywhere he traveled. He survived an assassination attempt. He has written a book which has enjoyed a large circulation. Like the sun which never ceases to labor and provides light daily, this Pope has been ceaseless. He was born on 18 May 1920. On this date in the morning there was almost a complete sun eclipse over Europe. Like the rising sun he came from the East (Poland). While his ecumenical efforts, including meetings with the Jewish community, Muslim groups, and Eastern Orthodox Christian leaders, were widely praised, John Paul II was often criticized for his traditionalist and conservative Christian views on gender issues and sexuality, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Pope Benedict XVI
St. Malachi predicted that Pope Benedict XVI would be the Glory of the Olive and he believed that this Pope will originate from that order. Prior to his unexpected ascendancy to the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was ordained in 1951 and received a theology doctorate from the University of Munich in 1953. Afterwards, he pursued a career as a theologian, teacher, and Christian philosopher at different universities. During the Second Vatican Council, he served as an expert adviser and an advocate for reformation. He was appointed Munich’s archbishop in 1977; a few months later he became a cardinal. As prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 to 2005, he enforced doctrinal uniformity in the church and served as a close adviser of Pope John Paul II. He was faced with many challenges when he became pope, including a decline in church attendance and in the number of new priests, deep divisions over the direction of the church, and the lingering effects of a sexual-abuse scandal involving priests in worldwide. His sudden and unexpected retirement confirmed many eschatological predictions about his short reign as Pope following John Paul II, according to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
Peter the Roman
St. Malachi predicted that Peter the Roman will become the 112th pope. St. Malachi stated that during the final era of persecution executed upon Roman Catholics and Christians, Peter the Roman will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed by the dreadful Judge who will judge the people.
With the sudden retirement of Pope Benedict XVI who is the 111th pope, the 112th pope could become the final Pope who will live into the tribulation period. This could mean that we have a limited time frame before the unfolding of the apocalypse and the tribulation hour with the 112th pope, according to Catholic and protestant eschatologists. Pope Benedict's retirement from office means the new pope will likely be the Peter the Roman of St. Malachi’s vision. The name Peter the Roman may not necessarily be the final pope’s actual real name, but this could be a description of the new pope’s spiritual character. A few analysts believe that the Catholic Church is about to embrace paganism. This will be a New Age type of paganism. While the current pope, Benedict XVI, has kept the New Agers within the church under his conservative control, his retirement means that the New Agers within the Catholic Church will take it over. The previous pope, John Paul ll, was deeply involved in pagan religious traditions because he was trying to unite all religions. Pope Benedict was more conservative.
Because of Malachi’s prophecy, it is worth keeping an eye on what happens to the Catholic Church under the new pope. The two issues we should analyze closely are how the pope deals with the Arab-Israeli issues and the advancement of the New Age influence within the Church. Finally, if St. Malachi’s vision came from God, then we have a short time before the tribulation begins followed by Messiah’s return to planet Earth during the tribulation’s end, according to many biblical eschatologists. With Pope Benedict’s retirement, the 112th pope will have sufficient time to establish himself as the new pope. The 112th pope will teach and preach an ecumenical and globalist religious doctrine before and during the tribulation period. During his reign, the Catholic Church will reach its greatest power before its complete destruction by the Anti-Messiah, according to many eschatologists.
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