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Pope Abdicates then Lightning strikes the Vatican for aparently the first time……

 Does Pope Benedict Stepping Down fulfill or lend credence to any prophecy

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 Video of Lighting strike on the Vatican

Who let him wear that hat in public?
  • The list of alleged prophecies was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine historian, as part of his book Lignum Vitæ.
  • The Church regards the prophesy as a forgery.
  •  During the Papacy of Pope Pius X (1903-1914), the Catholic Encyclopedia, while thinking the list likely to be forged but while also accepting its possible genuineness, reassuringly argued that, even if it was genuine prophecy, there might still be many Popes between the second last Pope on the list, Gloria olivae (who eventually turned out to be Benedict XVI (2005-2013)) and the final Pope on the list, Petrus Romanus
  •  It is notable that where the interpretation of the prophecy is clear (as is the case for almost all of the Popes prior to 1590), the reference is almost always to some characteristic possessed by the Pope prior to assuming the Papacy—e.g., his birthplace, his arms, his surname, or his cardinal see. However, for more recent Popes, efforts to connect the prophecy with the pope have often focused on the events of his pontificate
  •  The first head of the Catholic Church was St. Peter. Peter, whose original name was Simon, was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, according to John Julius Norwich in his book “Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy” (Random House, 2012). He preached throughout Asia Minor before coming to Rome, where he lived for 25 years, when Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar crucified him. Legend has it that he sought to be crucified upside down, deeming himself too low to share in the same death as Jesus. Though now considered the first pope, he never officially took that title during his lifetime.
  • The first pope to step down was Pontian, who headed the church from A.D. 230 to 235. Unlike many of his predecessors, Pontian wasn’t martyred, but rather was sentenced to hard labor in the Sardinian mineral mines by Emperor Maximus the Thracian who was persecuting Christians, particularly heads of church. The pope voluntarily abdicated to prevent the church from having a power vacuum, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia.
  •  Pope Formosus headed the Catholic Church from A.D. 891 to 896, and his reign was marked by political battles and infighting. He was excommunicated about 20 years prior to his reign, but then later absolved. After his death, his cadaver was exhumed, put on trial, and judged to be unworthy of the papacy. All of his papal edicts were deemed invalid, the fingers he used to make sacraments were ripped off, and he was tossed into the Tiber River.
  • One legend has it that from A.D. 855 to 877, a Pope John who reigned may have actually been a woman. The story, recounted by a Dominican monk named Martin in 1265 and several others, claims that Pope John was a girl who was brought to Athens in men’s clothing, according to “Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy.” She took up study and became a master of learning, the story goes, but became pregnant and gave birth in a church procession. However, the chaos at the time and the discrepancies between different stories suggests this “Pope Joan” may never have existed.

Was the Pope a Nazi Youth
The pope, born Joseph Ratzinger, will first head to the pope’s summer residence before he likely retires to a monastery and devotes himself to a life of reflection and prayer, Lombardi said. He won’t be involved in managing the church after his resignation.
In a sign of just how rare an event this is, church officials aren’t sure what the pope will be called after he leaves the office.
One possibility, Allen said, is “bishop emeritus of Rome.”
While not quite unprecedented, his resignation is certainly historic. The last pope to step down before his death was Gregory XII, who in 1415 quit to end a civil war within the church in which more than one man claimed to be pope.
Pope Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

On Nov. 30, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, becoming only the second pope in history known to visit a Mosque.
During this visit he also meets with Orthodox Christian leaders as part of an effort to heal a centuries-old clash with the Eastern Orthodox church.

Pope Benedict embraces President Peres in Jerusalem, May 11, 2009 Photo: REUTERS

Following the announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation on Monday, Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger praised his inter-religious outreach and said relations between Israel and the Vatican had never been better.
“During his period (as pope) there were the best relations ever between the church and the chief rabbinate and we hope that this trend will continue,” a spokesman quoted Metzger as saying after the pope announced he would resign. “I think he deserves a lot of credit for advancing inter-religious links the world over between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” reda more at

The next Pope? Peter Turkson

 St. Malachy prophesized that the final pope would be “Peter the Roman”, which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal more

Saint Malachy of Armagh, a Roman Catholic bishop who died in 1148, was said to have had a vision while on a pilgrimage to Rome wherein he learned the exact number of all the popes who would rule from his time to the Apocalypse.
Rather than give their names, Malachy gave each of these future pontiffs Latin mottos, which believers in the Medieval saint’s prophecies claim bear a strong resemblance to the figures they described.
For example, Pope John Paul II was number 110 on the list and was dubbed by Malachy as “De Labore Solis”, which literally means “From the Toil of the Sun” but is also rendered “Of the Solar Eclipse.” John Paul II was born on a date that had a solar eclipse.
According to, there are connections made between the line of popes since the 12th century and the Malachy list.
“Many of the prophecies are spot on. For example, the one about Urban VIII is Lilium et Rosa (the lily and the rose); he was a native of Florence and on the arms of Florence figured a fleur-de-lis,” wrote Irish Central staff writers.

A Catholic Church official downplayed on Tuesday, the prophecy of a 12th-century Irish saint who supposedly predicted that the next Pope would be the last and the end of the world would follow.
Fr. Francis Lucas, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media, said the prophecies of St. Malachy about the popes of the Catholic Church were sometimes inaccurate.
“It’s not always exact (and) the end of the world has always been prophesied and lately, almost every two years or every year we hear about a prophecy about the end of the world,” Lucas said in a Church-organized forum in Intramuros, more

The Pope and Obama

  On March 10 [2010], the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Reverend Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that “the Devil is at work inside the Vatican”, and that “when one speaks of ‘the smoke of Satan’ in the holy rooms, it is all true – including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia”. This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good material explanation.

 Prophecy of the Popes



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