Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina was named Pope Francis I today, so how does he fit into prophecy? We have two prophecies to look at, the first being St. Malachy’s “prophecy of the popes”, and Pope Piux X’s “prophecy of the last pope”. Let’s take a look at St. Malachy’s prophecy first.
St. Malachy listed the final pope as this:
“Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”
The most obvious thing about this prophecy is the fact that Pope Francis did not take the name Peter, his real name is not Peter, and he’s not from Rome. While this seems to discredit the prophecy, I would point out that every pope can be called Peter the Roman as they’re succeeding the apostle Peter and reside in Rome. In fact, I actually heard him referred to “Peter the Roman” on the news today as I watched the coverage. Since this name is really the only defining part of the prophecy, and could really be attributed to any pope, we really have to just go by the number of popes listed in the prophecy. If the prophecy is true, Pope Francis I is the final pope, or it could just be a hoax and the author knew that “Peter the Roman” could be attributed to any pope.
The next prophecy to consider is Pope Pius X’s visions.
In 1909, in the midst of an audience with members of the Franciscan order, Pope Pius X seemed to fall into a trance. Moments passed, then his eyes sprung open and he jumped to his feet. “What I have seen is terrifying!” he cried out. “Will I be the one, or will it be a successor? What is certain is that the Pope will leave Rome and, in leaving the Vatican, he will have to pass over the dead bodies of his priests!” It’s uncertain what this vision alluded to, but it is similar in many respects to the reported third prophecy of Fatima. Later, shortly before his death, another vision came to him: “I have seen one of my successors, of the same name, who was fleeing over the bodies of his brethren. He will take refuge in some hiding place; but after a brief respite, he will die a cruel death. Respect for God has disappeared from human hearts. They wish to efface even God’s memory. This perversity is nothing less than the beginning of the last days of the world.”
Again, the obvious thing here is that Pope Francis I did not take the Pius name, and their real names aren’t similar. I do however find it interesting that he was with members of the Franciscan order when he had his first vision.
Nothing about Pope Francis I seems to be a direct hit on either prophecy, however I don’t think they can be totally dismissed either. Only time will tell whether Pope Francis I will be the last pope, but considering his age most of us will be around to either see the end, or see the next pope get elected.