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6:41pm on Tuesday, 19th April, 2005:

Way to go, St. Malachy!


About 900 years ago, Saint Malachy is related as having listed all 112 popes that had been and would be. This prophesy was first published in 1595, and is very accurate in describing the popes up until that date. Afterwards, it gets more cryptic...

The prophesy says there will be two popes after John Paul II. The phrase used to describe the first of these is "Gloria Olivae". The olive is the symbol of the Olivetans, a sub-group of the Order of Saint Benedict, so they kinda hoped that the prophesy would mean that this pope would be a Benedictine.

It seems they were almost right.

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