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The Prophecy of St. Malachy was apparently supposed to have predicted the line of popes for that past few centuries. Recently, some have suggested that we were reaching the final pope in the prophecy and that the next Pope would be the last one. However, it was suggested that the final pope would be Petrus Romanus, or Peter of Rome.

Does the Prophecy of St. Malachy, then, allow for any other Popes between the Glory of the Olive and Petrus Romanus?

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closed as not constructive by Alypius, fredsbend the Grinch, Andrew Leach, Andrew, Mawia Mar 14 '13 at 7:48

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@Narnian I see. Why not ask something like "according to ... can there be many popes between Benedict and Petrus Romanus"? Asking about Pope Francis in particular is going to invite some crazy stuff. –  Alypius Mar 13 '13 at 20:39
    
"Peter of Rome" could be a generic title for the Pope. Prophecies are inherently vague, and attempting to second-guess them before they can be tied to a particular event -- especially when you have to make assumptions about previous prophecies -- is Not Constructive. –  Andrew Leach Mar 13 '13 at 20:51
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My 3rd child's name is Francis... –  Peter Turner Mar 13 '13 at 21:02
    
@Narnian Looks great. +1. If it gets closed it should be reopened. There's still going to be speculation since it's a messy subject, but there are also going to be academic publications that people can cite on this question. Wikipedia confirms that some interpretations do say yes, but it would be great to know the details. –  Alypius Mar 13 '13 at 21:14
    
@Alypius yeah, I saw that on Wikipedia and was hoping to get some more info on that in particular... I guess I didn't word it the best. –  Narnian Mar 13 '13 at 21:15

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