While reading the Prophecy of the Popes, I noticed that the entry for the 111 Pope in the series reads: Glory of the olive (Gloria oliviae).

Wikipedia's article on this subject states:

Proponents of the prophecies generally try to draw a connection between Benedict and the Olivetan order to explain this motto: Benedict's choice of papal name is after Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order, of which the Olivetans are one branch. Other explanations make reference to him as being a pope dedicated to peace and reconciliations of which the olive branch is the symbol.

The olive is considered the symbol of peace.

The use of a dove and olive branch as a symbol of peace originated with the early Christians, who portrayed the act of baptism accompanied by a dove holding an olive branch in its beak and also used the image on their sepulchres. The dove appears in many funerary inscriptions in the Roman catacombs, sometimes accompanied by the words in pace (Latin for "in peace"). - Peace symbols (Wikipedia)

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope, he took the papal name of Francis in honor of St Francis of Assisi.

Furthermore St Francis of Assisi is also one of the patron saints of peace.

My question is quite simple.

Are there any known Catholic authors who have tried to interpret the papal reigns of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis as being a single reign in order to make both of them fit into St Malachy's Gloria oliviae of his Prophecy of the Popes?

  • This does not look to me like an opinion-based question. It is not asking whether the reigns of these popes are a fulfillment of the prophecy, but whether there are any Catholic authors who have attempted to interpret them that way. This is a matter of objective, if recent and rather particular, history of Catholic interpretation. – Lee Woofenden Nov 2 '16 at 17:15
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    Please note that there are no evidence that this prophecy is really of St Malachie: the oldest known proof of existence is of the 16th century. E.g. in Mgr Léon Cristiani's Nostradamus, Malachie et compagnie. – Luc Nov 5 '16 at 17:11

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