By now I am sure you have heard the surprising news that Pope Benedict is stepping down from the Papacy. Who will the next Pope be?
How about a little tin foil fun?
The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint Malachy, is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. They purport to describe each of the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few anti-popes), beginning with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concluding with the successor of current pope Benedict XVI, a pope described in the prophecy as "Peter the Roman", whose pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome.
This is hugh!!!1! I'm serial
It is really amazing to think that this is the first pope to step down or leave the position in over 600 years. I'm not Catholic, nor am I generally a religious sort, but I do understand that this is significant to many people around the world. I myself will play Seer and Revelator and make an announcement: We shall enter time of uncertainty; There will be much ponderance among the lands; Foil, chicanery and illuminati shall sprinkle into your days; The one known as Alexander
(sic. jones) will proclaim that a brown skinned leader will come to remove the Papel seat and melt all the swords into plowshares; After the day of rising, estrogens will rain from the sky freely and bountiful.
Personally, I blame it on twitter.
Ok, I'll really stop this time.
Pope Benedict XVI is resigning, basically saying that he is too old and too tired
The conclave of cardinals that will choose the next pope is expected to convene in mid-March. Analysts immediately began predicting a turbulent debate between reformers and conservatives.
In keeping with his reputation as a traditionalist, Pope Benedict made his extraordinary announcement in Latin, to a private gathering of cardinals inside Vatican City. The news was then transmitted via official Vatican media, with Benedict citing his age and failing health as the key factors in his decision.
“I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me,” Benedict said. “For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter.”
All joking aside I am quite sure this will become a very speculative story. That it is happening during Lent and before the high holy day of Easter is interesting timing.
That is all I have to say about that... for now.