Given the attention now on the prophecy of St. Malachy, I thought I would mention another prophecy by Pope Pius X regarding a couple of visions he had of the last pope.
In 1909, during an audience for the general chapter of the Franciscan Order, Pope Pius X suddenly fell into a trance. The audience waited in reverent silence. When he awoke, the Pope cried out:
“What I see is terrifying! Will it be myself? Will it be my successor? What is certain is that the Pope will quit Rome, and in leaving the Vatican he will have to walk over the dead bodies of his priests.
“Do not tell anyone this while I am alive.”
Just prior to his death (August 20, 1914), Pope Pius X had another vision:
“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.”
How does this line up with St. Malachy’s prophecy?
At first glance it would seem that Pope Pius X’s prophecy doesn’t match up very well with St. Malachy’s prophecy since the last pope according to Malachy holds the name Peter the Roman and Pope Pius X says that pope will bear the same name as him. However there is something here to consider, Pope Pius X’s real name was Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto and Giuseppe is the Italian version of Joseph. That would line up with the current Pope Benedict which is about to retire as his real name is Joseph Ratzinger. This still doesn’t make much sense since Ratzinger is retiring and isn’t the 112th pope, however Ratzinger will remain living at the Vatican for the rest of his life. Admittedly this is a bit of a stretch here to try and incorporate the two prophecies but I thought it was interesting none the less.