According to his biographer, St. Malachy visited Rome in 1139 when he went into a trance and received a vision. Malachy wrote down this extraordinary vision in which he claims to have foreseen all the Popes from the death of Innocent 11, until the destruction of the Church and the return of Christ. He named exactly 112 Popes from that time until the end.
St. Malachy wrote a few prophectically descriptive words in Latin about each one of the Popes. He than gave the manuscript to Pope Innocent 11 and it was deposited in the Vatican Archives where it was forgotten for several centuries. Then in 1590, it was rediscovered and published.
The interesting thing is that scholars have matched 110 descriptive predictions with each of the 110 Popes and anti-Popes that there have been since Innocent 11. Though they are a bit obscure, they have fit the general profile of each of the Popes.
Here are a few examples:
Pope No. 108 - Paul V1 (1968-7. The prophecy for the 108th Pope was "Flos Florum," which means, 'Flower of flowers.' Paul's V1's coat of arms contained three fleurs-de-lis (Isis blossoms).
Pope No. 109 - John Paul 1 (197. The prophecy for the 109th Pope was "De Medietate Lunae," which means, 'the half moon.' John Paul 1 was born in the diocese of Belluno (beautiful moon) and was baptized by Albino Luciani (white light). He became Pope when there was a half moon (August 26,197. He died the next month after an eclipse of the moon.
Pope No. 110 - John Paul 11 (1978-2005). The prophecy for the 110th Pope was "De Labore Solis," which means, 'from the labor of the sun.' John Paul 11 was born during an eclipse of the sun on May 8,1920. As the sun rises in the east, so he came to the Vatican from the east. Wherever on earth the sun shines, he visited.
Pope John Paul 11 was aware of these prophecies and at least once referred to them with concern.
But, it is the prophecy of the 112th and last Pope that is fascinating. St. Malachy predicts, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign 'Petrus Romanus' (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful judge will judge the people."
Jesus is coming back as the Judge of all men.