I was just surfing the Internet and came across an article about the Malachy Prophecy. I have to say, I found the article to be disturbing. According to this prophecy, which dates back to the 1100s, Benedict XVI will be our last pope before the end of the world. (At least that’s what I got out of it. There might be one more pope after the current one, but that is supposedly disputed.) This article states that Malachy correctly predicted all the popes from his time up until John Paul II. Can anyone help me? Is this a real prophecy? Does the Church believe that Benedict XVI will be the last pope? The article also mentioned severe natural disasters and a time of persecution in which Christians will be killed. Is this true? Are the things contained in this prophecy supposed to happen? I have alot of family and friends who aren’t Christians. I really don’t want the end of the world to be that close because of them. Also, I’m just in the beginning stages of converting to the Catholic faith. This may sound selfish, but I’d like to have alot more years here on earth to enjoy my life and my newfound faith. The idea of a time of great persecution sounds scary, too.
I hope this doesn’t sound silly, but I’d really like to hear from anyone who might know something about this. In case it helps, the link to the article is: