I think I had better post this before even more people start writing me about it (in other words please don’t send me mail about the “prophecies of Malachy” about the popes).
There is a list of 112 short titles in Latin for Popes which is attributed to St. Malachy. The list begins, so it seems, with Pope Celestine II (+1144). It includes some anti-popes, which makes it complicated. The list concludes with a Pope we supposedly haven’t seen yet who will – according to the list – be called “Petrus Romanus” and the Latin for him reads:
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis diruetur, et Iudex tremendus iudicabit populum suum. Finis. … In an extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, which once concluded, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the fearful Judge will judge his people. The end.
The last few have been:
- Pius XII – Pastor angelicus
- John XXIII – Pastor et Nauta
- Paul VI – Flos florum
- John Paul I – De medietate Lunae
- John Paul II – De labore Solis
- Benedict XVI – Gloria olivae
- ? – Petrus Romanus
Some pretty nutty people have done some pretty nutty things with this.