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Boniface X Fulfills the “Prophecy of the Popes” penned by Saint Malachy

There is a well known prophecy that purportedly lists the 112 popes that are to arrive after St. Malachy.  The prophecy was supposedly penned by St. Malachy who died in 1148 A.D.  It lists 112 popes, and most commentators agree that we are now on the final pope of the list, if you count all of the living popes (and a few antipopes) since St. Malachy lived.

Regarding the papacy of Boniface X (the final pope on the list), St. Malachy declared:

“In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus: quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & Judex tremêdus judicabit populum suum. Finis.”  

In English vernacular it reads:

“In extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed 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.”

Boniface X is like Peter because he does not have a Vatican palace, but is exiled from the palace. He is forced to live more simply, like Saint Peter.  He is “the Roman” because he is a descendant of the Holy Roman Empire (he is not Italian as most popes, but Germanic). Boniface X has Germanic and Anglo-Saxon ancestry.  The Holy Roman Empire was a Germanic empire.  Saint Boniface (the pope’s namesake) was also an Anglo-Saxon saint and missionary to the regions of the Holy Roman Empire.

The phrase “city of seven hills” is a well known ancient name for the city of Rome, which this prophecy predicts will be destroyed.  

It is clear that the phrase “the Roman” in the prophecy does not refer to the city of Rome, since the city of Rome will be destroyed, and it is unlikely that God would destroy Peter the Roman and the true Catholic faithful in the coming judgment of the city of Rome.  Instead, only the phrase “city of seven hills” refers to the city of Rome.