Pope's resignation linked to doomsday prophecy?

From a report by Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2013 06:16 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2013 02:16 AM

MANILA – Pope Benedict XVI resignation has sparked yet another “end of the world” scenario.

This time, doomsayers are basing it on a so-called “Malachy Prophecy”.

The Malachy Prophecy has been a hot topic lately on Twitter following the announcement of the pope’s resignation.

St. Malachy supposedly accurately named the 112 popes through cryptic Latin phrases beginning with Pope Celestine.

But what really grabbed the attention of the public was when it said that the 112 pope will be the last and will bring in the end of the world.

According to the manuscripts, the phrase "gloria olivae" is actually Pope Benedict XVI and is the 111th pope, which means that the next pope will be the 112th and the last one.

According to the manuscripts, the last pope will be Peter the Roman and coincidentally, one of the prime candidates for the next pope is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
But the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) quickly downplayed it. 

Father Francis Lucas said the manuscripts were not prophecies and are merely predictions.

“When you prophesize, it means that it is not coming from you, there is a message na sinabi sa ‘yo. Ang tingin ko, ‘yang mga supposed to be prophecies, ay predictions,” he said.

Father Lucas further added that the manuscripts were inaccurate and to a certain extent manipulated.

“Maaaring coincidence at maaaring na-manipulate nu’ng kung sino man ang nagpasa,” he said.

Father Lucas also said the faithful should not interpret the Malachy Prophecy literally.

“You neither know the day nor the hour. ‘Yan ang pinapanghawakan ko, atsaka sa dami naman ng ‘end of the world’ in the past years,” he said. -- ANC