Saint Malachy of Armagh (1094-1148)
Saint Malachy (irish Maelmhaedhoc Ó Morgair) — was the Archbishop of Armagh.
Saint Malachy was the author of the Prophecy of the Popes, the vision of the identity of the last 112 Roman Popes.
He was the first Irish saint to be canonised (6 July 1190) by a Pope.
The figure on the right shows the final part of the «Prophecy of the Popes» in «Lignum Vitæ» (1595), p. 311
The «Prophecy of the Popes» was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, as part of his book (lat. «Lignum Vitæ») [Arnold de Wyon. Lignum Vitæ. 1595]. This prophecy is attributed to St. Malachy (1094—1148), the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland.
The Prophecy consists of 111 short single-line paragraphs and two multiple-line paragraphs. These 113 paragraphs describe the Roman Popes, beginning from Pope Celestine II (whose papacy has begun on September 25, 1143).
At the table below the original Latin text of the Prophecy of the Popes (including punctuation and orthography) is shown against a dark background.
According to the «Prophecy of the Popes» of Saint Malachy of Armagh, Benedict XVI is the third from the end Roman Pope, associating with the 111th motto lat. «Gloria Oliuae» (eng. «Glory of the olive»). After Benedict XVI the Church will have two more Popes.
According to the «Prophecy of the Popes» the Penultimate Roman Pope (i.e. Pope Francis I) will reign «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church»: 112 Motto: «In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit» (lat. «In psecutione extrema S.R.E. ſedebit»).
2032. Last Pontificat
There exists a fascinating hypothesis related to the «Prophecy of the Popes» written by St. Malachy of Armagh. The phrase «Axle in the midst of a sign» (lat. «Axis in medietate ſigni»), which describes the pontificate of Sixtus V, can be interpreted as pointing out the exact middle of the reign of all the Popes described in the prophecy. In support of such a thesis we have the claim of Jean-Paul Cleber (Clébert, Jean-Paul, Prophéties de Nostradamus, 2003) which states that in the dictionaries of XVI century the Latin word for «sign» could also mean «prophecy». So, the phrase «Axis in medietate ſigni» could be translated as the «Axis of the middle of the prophecy».
Using this, try to calculate the time of the end of the «Prophecy of the Popes»:
The pontificate of Celestine II, the first Pope of the prophecy, began on September 26, 1143. The papacy of Sixtus V began on April 24, 1585 and ended on August 27, 1590. The middle of his reign falls on December 25, 1587. We are going to consider this date as the «Axis of the middle of the prophecy». Between September 26, 1143 and December 25, 1587 there are 162251 days. If we add as many days to December 25, 1587, we arrive at Thursday, March 18, 2032.
It is interesting to note that from September 26, 1143 to March 18, 2032 there will pass 888 years and 174 days. The gematria of the name Jesus, «Ιησους», makes up the number