POPES Prediction

 St. Malachy, 1139

Following are two articles on St. Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes.  First article by Larry Pahl:

It is hard to believe--it is incredible!!--that Malachay prophesied as he did, and it is not more widely known. Too often people are dull, skeptical and--to their own hurt in this case--ignorant. This godly man had visions which he put into Latin phrases, one per Pope, from Celestine II in the year 1143 all the way to the present!  Eight centuries ago, he was able to spin a few prophetic words about each pope which, in hindsight, all "hit the mark!!"

For instance of Pope Innocent XI, who reigned from 1676 to 1689 Malachay wrote "Bellua Insatiabilis," that is, "An insatiable beast." History records that Innocent was never "sine Cibo," that is, he was never without food!!  Let a short list be given here, of the last 10 Popes, showing in brief the accuracy of Malachay's prophecies:

1.       The Burning Fire. PIUS X. 1903-1914. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual renewal in the Church.

2.       Religion Laid Waste. BENEDICT XV. 1914-1922. This Pope's reign saw Communism move into Russia where religious life was laid waste, and World War I with the death of millions of Christians who were carnage in Flanders Field and elsewhere.

3.       Unshaken Faith. PIUS XI. 1922-1939. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and sinister powers in Germany and Italy, but he was an outspoken critic of Communism and Fascism which enraged Hitler.

4.       An Angelic Shepherd. PIUS XII. 1939-1958. This Pope had an affinity for the spiritual world and received visions which have not been made public. Peter Bander says Pius XII "has emerged as one of the great Popes of all time," and he "was in the truest sense of the word an Angelic Pastor to the flock..."

5.       Pastor and Mariner. JOHN XXIII. 1958-1963. John was a pastor to the world, much beloved, and the Patriarch of Venice. The connection to "mariner" is thus remarkable.

6.       Flower of Flowers. PAUL VI. 1963-1978. Paul's coat-of-arms depicts three fleurs-de-lis, corresponding to Malachay's prophecy.

7.       Of the Half Moon. JOHN PAUL I. 1978-1978. John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978, when there was a half moon. He reigned 33 days, that is, about one month, when he died, although many think he was murdered.

8.       The Labor of the Son. JOHN PAUL II. 1978-Present. John Paul II is the most travelled Pope in history. He has circled the globe numerous times, preaching to huge audiences everywhere he goes. Even though he was once shot, he has not seemed to slow down. He has recently 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 incessant. John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920. On that date in the morning there was a near total eclipse of the sun over Europe...

9.       The Glory of the Olive. The Order of St. Benedict has said this Pope will come from their order. It is interesting that Jesus gave his apocalyptic prophecy about the end of time from the Mount of Olives. This Pope will reign during the beginning of the tribulation Jesus spoke of.

10.   PETER the Roman. This final Pope will likely be Satan, taking the form of a man named Peter who will gain a worldwide allegiance and adoration. He will be the final antichrist which prophecy students have long foretold. If it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. Malachay's final words are:

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city (Rome, the seat of the Vatican) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people.

The destruction of this city is prophesied in Revelation 18.


The following article is by 'Zoltan' and Mike Hebert

The list below is an excerpt from one of the books on the subject.  The books I have read agree on a list of 112 mottoes, referencing 112 popes, 110 since Malachy, and 2 more to come.  Note that the list of popes is given most often in chronological order, except where sometimes the antipopes are bunched together by location instead of being interlaced with the official list.

According to the authors who researched the subject, it would seem that this is the order that would satisfy the mottoes with the greatest accuracy (with maybe some minor exceptions).

I have quoted a few interpretations of the most obvious mottoes with historical references, which should shed light on their meaning, and which should be able to give the prophecy some credibility. The quoted interpretations are gross approximations of the historical references given by the authors.  There are other interpretations which I have left out, either because they are too obscure, or too lengthy to include here.

Although some interpretations are strikingly accurate, I can not, and will not argue the validity of the prophecy; I am posting it as information for those who have e-mailed me expressing their interest in the subject.  For clarity, I used Mike Heberts's English list of the popes. The dates are from Encyclopedia Brittanica.  I realize that a few dates differ from Mike's, but I will let the publishing houses argue about that.

A star precedes the names of the antipopes; mottoes are in Latin.

Table 1 - St. Malachy's List of Popes


Rank in succession from Peter




167 Celstine II (1143-1144)


Ex castro Tyberis. (from a castle on the Tiber) Hist.: Celestin II was born in Citta di Castello, Toscany, on the shores of the Tiber

168 Lucius II (1144-1145)


Inimicus expulsus.

169 Eugene III (1145-1153)


Ex magnitudine montis. (Of the greatness of the mount) Hist.: Born in the castle Grammont (latin: mons magnus), his family name was Montemagno

170 Anastasius IV (1153-1154)


Abbas Suburranus.

171 Adrian IV (1154-1159)


De rure albo. (field of Albe) Hist.: Born in the town of Saint-Alban

*   Victor IV (1159-1164)


Ex tetro carcere.

*   Paschal III (1164-1168)


Via trans-Tyberina.

*   Calistus III (1168-1178)


De Pannonia Tusciae.

??? Innocent III (1179-1180)


As I mentioned, this antipope does not seem to be accounted for in Malachy's list.  Neither D. Reju nor de Fontbrune include this antipope in their interpretations.

172 Alexander III (1159-1181)


Ex ansere custode.

173 Lucius III (1181-1185)


Lux in ostio.

174 Urban III (1185-1187)


Sus in cribo.

175 Gregory VIII (1187)


Ensis Laurentii.

176 Clement III (1187-1191)


De schola exiet.

177 Celestine III (1191-1198)


De rure bovensi.

178 Innocent III (1198-1216)


Comes signatus. (signed Count) Hist.: descendant of the noble Signy, later called Segni family

179 Honorius III (1216-1227)


Canonicus de latere.

180 Gregory IX (1227-1241)


Avis Ostiensis. (Bird of Ostia) Hist.: before his election he was Cardinal of Ostia

181 Celestine IV (1241)


Leo Sabinus.

182 Innocent IV (1243-1254)


Comes Laurentius.

183 Alexander IV (1254-1261)


Signum Ostiense.

184 Urban IV (1261-1264)


Hierusalem Campaniae. (Jerusalem of Champagne) Hist.: native of Troyes, Champagne, later patriarch of Jerusalem

185 Clement IV (1265-1268)


Draca depressus.

186 Gregory X (1271-1276)


Anguinus vir.

187 Innocent V (1276)


Concionatur Gallus.

188 Adrian V (1276)


Bonus Comes.

189 John XXI (1276-1277)


Piscator Tuscus.

190 Nicholas III (1277-1280)


Rosa composita.

191 Martin IV (1281-1285)


Ex teloneo liliacei Martini.

192 Honorius IV (1285-1287)


Ex rosa leonina.

193 Nicholas IV (1288-1292)


Picus inter escas.

194 Nicholas IV (1288-1292)


Ex eremo celsus. (elevated from a hermit) Hist.: prior to his election he was a hermit in the monastery of Pouilles

195 Boniface VIII (1294-1303)


Ex undarum benedictione.

196 Benedict XI (1303-1304)


Concionator patereus.

197 Clement V (1305-1314)


De fessis Aquitanicis. (ribbon of Aquitaine) Hist.: was archbishop of Bordeaux in Aquitaine

198 John XXII (1316-1334)


De sutore osseo. (of the cobbler of Osseo) Hist.: Family name Ossa, son of a shoe-maker

*   Nicholas V (1328-1330)


Corvus schismaticus. (the schismatic crow) Note the reference to the schism, the only antipope at this period

199 Benedict XII (1334-1342)


Frigidus Abbas. (cold friar) Hist.:  he was a priest in the monastery of Frontfroid (coldfront)

200 Clement VI (1342-1352)


De rosa Attrebatensi.

201 Innocent VI (1352-1362)


De montibus Pammachii. (of the mount of Pammachius) Hist: born in Mont, Limousin, not much else here

202 Urban V (1362-1370)


Gallus Vice-comes.

203 Gregory XI (1370-1378)


Novus de Virgine forti. (novel of the virgin fort) Hist.: count of Beaufort, later Cardinal of Ste-Marie La Neuve

*   Clement VII (1378-1394)


De cruce Apostilica.

*   Benedict XIII (1394-1423)


Luna Cosmedina.

*   Clement VIII (1423-1429)


Schisma Barcinonicum.

??? Benedict XIV (1425-?)


again, left out of the list; see my remarks

204 Urban VI (1378-1389)


De Inferno praegnanti.

205 Boniface IX (1389-1404)


Cubus de mixtione.

206 Innocent VII (1404-1406)


De meliore sydere.

207 Gregory XII (1406-1415)


Nauta de ponte nigro.

*   Alexander V (1409-1410)


Flagellum Solis.

*   John XIII (1410-1415)


Cervus Sirenae.

208 Martin V (1417-1431)


Corona veli aurei.

209 Eugene IV (1431-1447)


Lupa caelestina.

*   Felix V (1439-1449)


Amator crucis.

210 Nicholas V (1447-1455)


De modicitate lunae.

211 Callistus III (1455-1458)


Bos pascens. (grazing ox) Hist.: Alphonse Borgia's arms sported a golden grazing ox

212 Pius II (1458-1464)


De capra et Albergo.

213 Paul II (1464-1471)


De cervo et Leone.

214 Sixtus IV (1471-1484)


Piscator Minorita.

215 Innocent VIII (1484-1492)


Praecursor Siciliae.

216 Alexander VI (1492-1503)


Bos Albanus in portu.

217 Pius III (1503)


De parvo homine.

218 Julius II (1503-1513)


Fructus jovis juvabit.

219 Leo X (1513-1521)


De craticula Politiana.

220 Adrian VI (1522-1523)


Leo Florentius.

221 Clement VII (1523-1534)


Flos pilaei aegri.

222 Paul III (1534-1549).


Hiacynthus medicorum

223 Julius III (1550-1555)


De corona Montana.

224 Marcellus II (1555)


Frumentum floccidum.

225 Paul IV (1555-1559)


De fide Petri.

226 Pius IV (1559-1565)


Aesculapii pharmacum.

227 St. Pius V (1566-1572)


Angelus nemorosus.

228 Gregory XIII (1572-1585)


Medium corpus pilarum.

229 Sixtus V (1585-1590)


Axis in medietate signi.

230 Urban VII (1590)


De rore caeli.

231 Gregory XIV (1590-1591)


De antiquitate Urbis.

232 Innocent IX (1591)


Pia civitas in bello.

233 Clement VIII (1592-1605)


Crux Romulea.

234 Leo XI (1605)


Undosus Vir.

235 Paul V (1605-1621)


Gens perversa.

236 Gregory XV (1621-1623)


In tribulatione pacis.

237 Urban VIII (1623-1644)


Lilium et rosa.

238 Innocent X (1644-1655)


Jucunditas crucis.

239 Alexander VII (1655-1667)


Montium custos.

240 Clement IX (1667-1669)


Sydus Olorum. (constellation of swans) Hist.: upon his election, he was apparently the occupant of the Chamber of Swans in the Vatican.

241 Clement X (1670-1676)


De flumine magno.

242 Innocent XI (1676-1689)


Bellua insatiabilis

243 Alexander VIII (1689-1691)


Poenitentia gloriosa.

244 Innocent XII (1691-1700)


Rastrum in porta.

245 Clement XI (1700-1721)


Flores circumdati.

246 Innocent XIII (1721-1724)


De bona Religione.

247 Benedict XIII (1724-1730)


Miles in bello.

248 Clement XII (1730-1740)


Columna excelsa.

249 Benedict XIV (1740-1758)


Animal rurale.

250 Clement XIII (1758-1769)


Rosa Umbriae.

251 Clement XIV (1769-1774)


Ursus velox.

252 Pius VI (1775-1799)


Peregrinus Apostolicus

253 Pius VII (1800-1823)


Aquila rapax.

254 Leo XII (1823-1829)


Canis et coluber.

255 Pius VIII (1829-1830)


Vir religiosus.

256 Gregory XVI (1831-1846)


De balneis hetruriae. (bath of Etruria) Hist.: prior to his election he was member of an order founded by Saint Romuald, at Balneo, in Etruria, present day Toscany.

257 Pius IX (1846-1878)


Crux de cruce.

258 Leo XIII (1878-1903)


Lumen in caelo.

259 St. Pius X (1903-1914)


Ignis ardent. (ardent fire) Hist.: his death coincided with the beginning of the fires of WWI

260 Benedict XV (1914-1922)


Religio depopulata.

261 Pius XI (1922-1939)


Fides intrepida.

262 Pius XII (1939-1958)


Pastor angelicus.

263 John XXIII (1958-1963)


Pastor et Nauta. (pastor and marine) Hist.:  prior to his election he was patriarch of Venise,a marine city, home of the gondolas

264 Paul VI (1963-1978)


Flos florum. (flower of flowers) Hist.: his arms displayed three lilies.

265 John Paul I (1978)


De medietate Lunae. (of the half of the moon) Hist.: Albino Luciani, born in Canale d'Ogardo, diocese of Belluno, (beautiful moon) Elected pope on august 26, on the first day of the last quarter of the moon which appeared as a perfect half-disk in the sky... The lunar eclipse of the 17th of September was to be the apogee of his reign.  His reign lasted about a month, from half a moon to the next half...  He died (according to some, assassinated) on September 28 on a night of the last quarter, with again only half of the silver disk visible in the night sky...

266 John Paul II (1978-)


De labore Solis. (of the eclipse of the sun) Hist.:Karol Wojtyla was born on mai 18, 1920 during a solar eclipse

267 Pope Benedict


Gloria olivae.

268 ???


In psecutione extrema S.R.E. Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oues in multis tribulationibus : quibus transactis ciuitas septicollis diruetur, & Iudex tremêdus iudicabit po pulum suum.  Finis.

And thus ends the prophecy. The following is an approximate translation of the last motto:

'In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed (lead) the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people.  The End.'

This motto was sent to me in its original form by Claude Latremouille, who has reference to the text published in 1595.  The motto was written exactly as shown above.

There is no number 112 in front of the last motto, leaving the reader to wonder if 'Gloria Olivae' IS  Peter the Roman, or they are two separate entities.  Some authors have speculated that the omission of the number 112 may indicate that Peter the Roman will not accede to office through orthodox means.

The city of seven hills refers to Rome. (Vatican?)

Some, including Encyclopedia Brittanica, assert that the prophecy was not written by Malachy at all.  Others further theorize that Nostradamus conjured up the list, who, not willing to be persecuted for having foretold the end of the Catholic church, 'gave the credit' to Malachy.  In support of this theory, it must be said that the prophecy was not known to exist prior to 1595.  This could explain the accuracy of some the mottoes prior to that date.

Last note: If we added the two popes that I mentioned at the beginning of this post to the list, then the prophecy should be considered fulfilled already, since that would already give us 112 popes to the tune of 112 mottoes.  In such a case, the interpretations of the last mottoes would obviously be difficult to fit.  The way it stands, according to this prophecy, and according to the few fitting interpretations, (correct or not), so far we had 110 legitimate popes with 2 more to come. If anyone can discover other fitting interpretations of the mottoes please feel free to add to the list. 

I am inclined to make this my last lengthy post on this subject, for fear of beating it to death.



This is fruit of a tremendous collective effort between Mike Hebert and myself. Note that I have included the two popes that Mike insists on including in the list:  Innocent III, the antipope who reigned from 1179-1180, and Benedict XIV, the counter-antipope (or as history came to know him: the 'hidden pope') of 1425-? 

A few remarks about this if I may.

a)      Neither of the above popes seem to be included in Malachy's prophecy.  Not arguing, just stating that they seem to be missing.

b)      No researcher or author on the subject that I have read have included either of these two popes in their interpretation

c)      For the omission of Innocent III of 1179, the only explanation I have is that I don't have an explanation.  Maybe someone else can give it a try.

d)      In the case of Benedict XIV, the counter-antipope of 1425, I have previously expressed my opinion, that I don't think anyone should seriously consider him to be legit, seeing that:

1.       He was elected pope by a single person, and not by a conclave of cardinals as tradition would have it,

2.       *The* person who elected him did it out of spite and rebellion because he was not invited to the conclave of cardinals where the real antipope was being elected,

3.       After his election as pope, the would be Benedict XIV retreated into hiding, and no one knew of his whereabouts, except *the* one who elected him,

4.       When the wannabe died a few years later, someone else elected *the* guy who elected him as pope, again with the same name: Benedict XIV

5.       This second Benedict XIV spent the rest of his life and his entire so called 'papal rule' in prison.

I have posted the references supporting the above facts from Britannica and I can post them again on request.

So:  where was papacy here?  We have two elections, by single individuals, no conclave. I fail to see how the Benedict XIV's of 1425  (either of them) had right to the title.  If anyone wants to argue this point, I will personally elect him pope immediately.  My opinion: the status of Benedict XIV  of 1425, (although mentioned in encyclopaedias for historical reference), is, forgive the pun, 'hocus popus'. 

Translation and comments by Zoltan wings@infobahnos.com Historical remarks compiled from the book "Les Prophéties de Saint Malachie" by Daniel Réju, Édition du Rocher 1979 Paris, France, ISBN  2-7242-0669-X