He was also known as Maolmhaodhog ua Morgair; Maol Maedoc;
and Malachy O’Morgair.
Born -1094 at Armagh, Ireland. Died
November 2, 1148 at Clairvaux
Canonized - 1190 by Pope Clement
III; first papal canonization of an Irish saint
Malachy replaced the Celtic
liturgy (the "Stowe" missal) with the Roman liturgy in an effort to
bring uniformity and discipline to the clergy and those in religious
life. A miracle worker and healer, he sometimes cured people
instantly by laying his hands upon them. Friend of Saint Bernard
of Clairvaux who helped him establish the Cistercans in Ireland,
wrote a biography of him, and sat with him as he died.
One of Malachy’s great claims to popular fame was his gift of
prophesy. While in Rome in 1139 he received a vision showing him all
the Popes from his day to the end of time. He wrote poetic
descriptions of each of the pontiffs, presented the manuscript to
Pope Innocent II - and it was forgotten until 1590. It has been
in print - and hotly debated, both authenticity and correctness -
ever since. According to these prophecies, there are only two
Popes remaining after John Paul II.
St. Malachy was reported to have possessed the powers of
levitation, healing, and clairvoyance. While on his way to the
Vatican to assume the post of papal legate for Ireland, he fell into
trance and saw a line of papal reigns stretching from the successor
to Innocent II and extending through centuries to the last of the
line, identified as Peter of Rome.
short descriptions in Latin to each pope when he committed his
vision to paper. These mottoes usually refer to a family name,
birthplace, coat-of-arms, or office held before election to the
papacy. Some of the phrases are multiple prophecies, written with
ingenious word play. For example, Pius II, who reigned for only 26
days in 1503, was aptly described as "De Parvo Homine" (from
a little man). His family name was Piccolomini, Italian for "little
Sometimes the personal history of the pope plays a part in the motto
given by Malachy. Clement XIII (1758-69), who had connections
with the government of the Italian state of Umbria and whose emblem
was a rose, was called by Malachy Rosa Umbriae, the "Rose
The passage of time has proved doubters of St. Malachy wrong,
for his prophecies have turned out to be amazingly accurate.
He even prophesied the precise date of his own death, and got it
right. The prophecies concern the papacy, starting with Pope
Celestine II in 1143. In all, 112 popes and their
characteristics are listed from 1143 to the "end of the world."
Malachy’s Prophecies - The
Last 10 Popes
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. During
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. His coat of arms included three
fleurs-de-lis (iris blossoms).
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. He was the 109th Pope - is
"De Medietate Lunae" (Of the Half Moon). The corresponding pope
was John Paul I (1978-78), who was born in the diocese of
Belluno (beautiful moon) and was baptized Albino Luciani (white
light). He became pope on August 26, 1978, when the moon
appeared exactly half full. It was in its waning phase. He died
the following month, soon after an eclipse of the moon.
8. The Labor of the Son. JOHN PAUL II. 1978-2005. Pope
John Paul II was the most traveled Pope in history. He circled
the globe numerous times, preaching to huge audiences everywhere
he went. He survived an assassination attempt. He has 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. He was born on May 18, 1920. On that date in the
morning there was a near total eclipse of the sun over Europe.
Prophecy - The 110th Pope is "De Labore Solis" (Of the Solar
Eclipse, or, From the Toil of the Sun). Like the sun he came out
of the East (Poland).
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. The 111th prophesy
is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The Order of Saint
Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from their ranks.
Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the
world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly
lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil.
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. The 112th
prophesy states: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman
Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock
amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will
be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The
Malachy’s final words,
"Rome, the seat of the Vatican, will
be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people."
The time is coming when
princes and peoples will reject the authority of the Pope. Some
countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The
German Empire will be divided.
Before the comet comes, many nations, the good
excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in
the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and
descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm, and tidal wave. It
will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also
have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies.
[After the] great Comet, the great nation will be
devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing
much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other
countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many
All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be
destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed,
and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in
none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of
A powerful wind will rise in the North, carrying heavy fog and the
densest dust, and it will fill their throats and eyes so that they
will cease their butchery and be stricken with a great fear.
Bishop Christianos Ageda
In the 20th century there will be wars and fury that will
last a long time; whole provinces shall be emptied of their
inhabitants, and kingdoms shall be thrown into confusion. In many
places the land shall be left untilled, and there shall be great
slaughters of the upper class. The right hand of the world shall
fear the left, and the north shall prevail over the south.
Abbot Werdin D’Orante
The great monarch and the great Pope will precede Antichrist. The
nations will be at war for four years and a great part of the world
will be destroyed. The Pope will go over the sea carrying the sign
of Redemption on his forehead. The great Monarch will come to
restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory.
John of Vitiguerro
The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be
defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that
time there will be no Pope in Rome... After many tribulations, a
Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions.
When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last,
hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature.
The alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive,
storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy
great regions, and the seas will overflow many lowlands. Not all of
it will be the result of natural causes, but mankind will penetrate
into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds,
gambling with its own existence. Before the powers of destruction
will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into
disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness.
When nights will be filled with more intensive cold and days with
heat, a new life will begin in nature. The heat means
radiation from the earth, the cold the waning light of the sun. Only
a few years more and you will become aware that sunlight has grown
perceptibly weaker. When even your artificial light will cease to
give service, the great event in the heavens will be near.
St. Vincent Ferrer
In the days of peace that are to come after the desolation of
revolutions and wars, before the end of the world, the Christians
will become so lax in their religion that they will refuse to
receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, saying, "It is an unnecessary
John of the Cleft Rock
Towards the end of the world, tyrants and hostile mobs will rob the
Church and the clergy of all their possessions and will afflict and
martyr them. Those who heap the most abuse upon them will be held in
high esteem. At that time, the Pope with his cardinals will have to
flee Rome in tragic circumstances to a place where they will be
unknown. The Pope will die a cruel death in his exile. The
sufferings of the Church will be much greater than at any previous
time in her history. But God will raise a holy Pope, and the Angels
will rejoice. Enlightened by God, this man will rebuild almost the
whole world through his holiness. He will lead everyone to the true
Maria Laach Monastery
The twentieth century will bring death and destruction, apostasy
from the Church, discord in families, cities and governments; it
will be the century of three great wars with intervals of a few
decades. They will become ever more devastating and bloody and will
lay in ruins not only Germany, but finally all countries of East and
West. After a terrible defeat of Germany will follow the next great
war. There will be no bread for people anymore and no fodder for
animals. Poisonous clouds, manufactured by human hands, will sink
down and exterminate everything. The human mind will be seized by
The fifth period of the Church, which began circa 1520, will end
with the arrival of the holy Pope and of the powerful Monarch who is
called "Help From God" because he will restore everything. The fifth
period is one of affliction, desolation, humiliation, and poverty
for the Church. Jesus Christ will purify His people through cruel
wars, famines, plagues, epidemics, and other horrible calamities. He
will also afflict and weaken the Latin Church with many heresies. It
is a period of defections, calamities and exterminations. Those
Christians who survive the sword, plague and famines, will be few on
During this period, many men will abuse of the freedom of conscience
conceded to them. It is of such men that Jude the Apostle spoke when
he said, "These men blaspheme whatever they do not understand; and
they corrupt whatever they know naturally as irrational animals do."
They will ridicule Christian simplicity; they will call it folly and
nonsense, but they will have the highest regard for advanced
knowledge, and for the skill by which the axioms of law, the
precepts of morality, the Holy Canons and religious dogmas are
clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments.
These are the evil times, a century full of dangers and calamities.
Heresy is everywhere, and the followers of heresy are in power
almost everywhere. but God will permit a great evil against His
Church: Heretics and tyrants will come suddenly and unexpectedly;
they will break into the Church. They will enter Italy and lay Rome
waste; they will burn down churches and destroy everything.
Venerable Mary of Agreda
It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of
God, all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has
been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother... Before the Second
Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might
and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic Faith.
Sister Marianne de Jesus
Torres (17th Century)
The most Holy Trinity confirmed the desire of my Queen, assuring
that God will bless all those who, by their support and help,
contribute in the making of the Holy Statue, as well as all those
who help spread this devotion (to Our Lady of Good Success)
throughout the centuries, making known its origin and these
apparitions in the 20th century. This will be a time of great
corruption of customs. The sacred sacrament of Holy Orders will be
ridiculed, oppressed and despised, for in doing this, one scorns and
defiles the Church of God, and even God Himself, represented by His
priests. The Demon will try to persecute the Ministers of the Lord
in every possible way.
The Ecstatic of Tours
Before the war breaks out again, food will be scarce and expensive.
There will be little work for the workers, and fathers will hear
their children crying for food. There will be earthquakes and signs
in the sun. Toward the end, darkness will cover the Earth. When
everyone believes that peace is ensured, when everyone least expects
it, the great happening will begin. Revolution will break out in
Italy almost at the same time as in France. For some time the Church
will be without a Pope.
Pope Pius IX
Since the whole world is against God and His Church, it is evident
that He has reserved the victory over His enemies to Himself. This
will be more obvious when it is considered that the root of all our
present evils is to be found in the fact that those with talents and
vigor crave earthly pleasures, and not only desert God but repudiate
Him altogether. Thus it appears they cannot be brought back in any
other way except through an act that cannot be ascribed to any
secondary agency, and thus all will be forced to look to the
There will come a great wonder, which will fill the world with
astonishment. This wonder will be preceded by the triumph of
revolution. The church will suffer exceedingly. Her servants and her
chieftain will be mocked, scourged, and martyred.
predicted that there will be one more pope after John Paul II who
will serve a short term. Any way you look at it - the days of
religious doctrine and control by church and state are coming to an