With the announcement of Pope Benedict's resignation, many people have been talking about the "prophecy of the popes" attributed to St. Malachy.
Who was he, what is the prophecy, and what should we think of it?
Here are 9 things you need to know . . .
1. What is "the prophecy of the popes"?
It is an alleged private revelation given to the medieval figure St. Malachy.
The prophecy consists of a list of 112 short phrases--enigmatic mottoes in Latin that are supposed to represent the popes from St. Malachy's time onward.
2. Who was St. Malachy?
St. Malachy was the archbishop of Armagh, Ireland in the 1100s....READ MORE