The Jesuit Father Menestrier’s categoric tone begins to trouble Christendom.  It is suddenly found to be bizarre that Saint Malachie’s prophecy had only been known four hundred and fifty years after his death and that the Irishman’s contemporaries – among them, Saint Bernard who is so prolix about his friend’s life – never mentioned it.  And many people begin to consider Malachie’s text as a fake created for political purposes by Arnold de Wyon.

Then, two years after the publication of Father Menestrier’s fulminant brochure, Pope Alexander VIII dies.  The Jesuit’s friends, who know that the deceased Pope’s successor is designated in the prophecy by the motto Rostrum in porta (The rake of the doors) sneeringly await the results of the papal election.  Their laughter freezes when they discover that the Conclave has elected Cardinal Pignatelli del Restello (rake), whose castle is situated at Naples’ town gates (doors)…

… And ever since, each new Pope continues to exactly justify the surname given to him in the “prophecy”.

We cite only a few examples:  Flores circum dati (The circled flowers):  Clement XI, whose arms are a floral crown;  Rosa Umbriae (The Rose of Umbria);  Clement XIII, who had been Governor of Rieti, in Umbria, whose symbol is the rose;  Ursus velox (Rapid bear):  Clement XIV, whose paternal House bore the sign of a running bear;  Peregrinus apostolicus (The apostolic pilgrim);  Pius VI, who distinguished himself by many European trips;  Aquila rapax (The rapacious eagle);  Pius VII, whom we know had problems with Napoleon I;  De balneis Etruriae (Of the Etrurian baths):  Gregoire XVI, who belonged to the Camaldules Order, founded in the XIIth Century by Saint Romuald in Balneo (which means “baths”), in Etruria, today’s Tuscany;  Crux de cruce (The cross of the cross):  Pius IX, who was stripped of his temporal patrimony by the House of Savoie whose arms bear a cross;  Lumen in caelo (A light in the sky):  Leon XIII, who had in his family’s coat of arms a comet on an azur background;  Religio depopulata (Religion depopulated):  Benoit XV, who was the Pope of the Great War of which it can be said that it depopulated Christendom;  Fides intrepidita (The intrepid Faith):  Pius XI, who was the Pope of the missions, sorted out the Roman question and condemned National Socialism, racism and atheist Communism.

The mottos which concern the contemporary Popes are also troubling.  Pastor angelicus (The angelical Pastor)  applies perfectly to Pius XII, born in Rome right next to the famous Saint Angelo Bridge.  Pastor et nauta (Pastor and nautical man) designates John XXIII who had been Archbishop of Venice (a very nautical city) and possessed nautical attributes in his arms.  It is to be noted, as well, that with the Vatican II Council, he takes control of Saint Peter’s boat and changes the Church’s direction…

The successor to John XXIII is designated as Flos Florum (The flower of flowers), that is to say, in heraldic language, the fleur de lys.  On 12 June 1963, the Conclave elects Cardinal Montini, Archbishop of Milan, who takes the name Paul VI.  It is then noticed that the arms of the Archbishop of Milan bear three fleurs de lys

The following Pope is attributed, in the Saint Malachie prophecy, the motto:  De medietate Lunae (Of half of the Moon).  This is John-Paul I of whom it is noted that he was born in the dioscese of Belluno, a word close to belluna which in Italian means “beautiful moon”, and that he is called Albino Luciano, a name which can be translated by “white light man”…

But certain exegetes, notably Joelle de Gravelaine, propose another interpretation.  For them, “Of half of the moon” signifies the Islamic Crescent Moon whose growing importance risks constituting a menace for the Western World.

And, an extremely important thing happened one week after John-Paul I’s election:  Iran, under pressure from the Shi’ites, led in France by Ayatollah Khomeiny, abandoned the Darius calendar for that of Islam, the first step toward a revolution which would soon cause the upheaval of the whole of the Middle-East and shake the world…

Then, when John-Paul I dies one evening in the last quarter of the moon, it is noticed that his reign, from 3 to 28 September, had lasted exactly one half-moon…

[I was very slightly acquainted with John-Paul I’s first cousin who lives in France and has had French nationality since the age of twelve.  This remarkable man, Celino, shares his paternal grandfather and his surname (which can be translated as “man of light”) with his cousin the Pope, but received his own healing powers through his maternal grandfather in Italy.  Celino works as a healer in France, using only his first name.  He is officially known as a parapsychotherapist and is considered by some to be a saint.  (Which makes “the saint” very angry – bright red-faced angry.)  He has been feeling other people’s physical pain in his own body since around the age of ten.  His life has been dedicated to helping others to heal.  Some enlightened doctors even consult him about difficult cases because he knows all about healing foods and plants.  A documentary film entitled La main d’or (The golden hand) was made about him a few years ago.  It took the film’s director five years to convince his subject to accept that it be made.  Celino and all of the rest of John-Paul I’s family are convinced that the Pope’s sudden death was due to poison.  The Vatican has of course denied this.]

The two hundred and seventy-fourth successor to Saint Peter has for motto in Saint Malachie’s prophecy:  De labore Solis (Of the work of the Sun).  On 16 October 1978, the Conclave elects Cardinal Karol Wojtyla who takes the name John-Paul II.  Immediately, it is noted that the new Pontiff comes from Poland, that is to say from Eastern Europe, which for Western Europeans is the point where the sun rises…  To this rather simplistic explanation, can be preferred the one proposed by certain authors who see in De labore Solis the ideal motto for this Pope who arrives at an epoch when, petrol resources becoming exhausted, the West turns to other energy sources, notably solar energy…

To be continued.

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