Update: Is Pope Francis the Last Pope (Petrus Romanus)?
I felt it needful to update this article and series concerning the new material that is circulating on the internet about Pope Francis. Some people are claiming the Pope Francis matches the Saint Malachy prophecy and that Francis is Petrus Romanus. Just for the record, I do not believe Saint Malachy was a prophet. The “Malachy prophecy” appears to be a fraud concocted by a Benedictine Arnold De Wyon in 1595. For more information about the Petrus Romonus prophecy click here. Nonetheless, many believe that the Petrus Romanus prophecy is from God and that it is coming to pass.
They base their arguments on three lines of reasoning.
1. Pope Francis is a Jesuit
Upon hearing the new Pope was a Jesuit, Tom Horn said that the Saint Malachy prophecy “implies this pope will reaffirm the authority of the Roman Pontiff over the Church and will emphasize the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Faith and the Roman Catholic Church above all other religions and denominations, and its authority over all Christians and all peoples of the world.”
Read the following Petrus Romanus “prophecy”.
“Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.” Saint Malachy
Do you see any of the above conclusions that Tom Horn says are implied in the Petrus Romanus “prophecy”? They are simply not there. It is true that the Jesuit order intends to bring all the faiths in the world under the rule of the Pope and to counter the protestant reformation but I don’t see where that lends credibility to the Petrus Romanus prophecy.
2. Pope Francis is of Italian Descent
Saint Malachy calls this Pope Peter the Roman (Petrus Romanus) indicating that this Pope will be a Roman. The parents of Pope Francis are Italian making him a Roman Pope. We should keep in mind that the Pope was born in Argentina, not Rome. Nonetheless I can see why this might be suggestive.
3. Saint Francis of Assisi had the middle name of Peter
This one is a major stretch. Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose the name Francis indicating he wanted to be identified with Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis of Assisi’s full name was Francesco di Pietro (Peter) di Bernardone. In other words, the man that our current Pope chose to be identified with had a middle name of Peter. Like I said, that’s a huge stretch.