Pope Francis I – The Worlds first ‘Black Pope’? EXPLAINING St. Malachy’s Prophecy surrounding the 112 Pope and End Times Biblical Prophecy.
Is Pope Jorge Bergolio, a Jesuit from Argentina, the Worlds first Black Pope? The head of the Jesuits is called the “Black Pope” and holds the title of General, just as in the military. “Black Pope” is a derogatory nickname given to the Superior General usually by the media and never used by the Jesuits themselves.
The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is the official title of the leader of the Society of Jesus—the Roman Catholic religious order, also known as the Jesuits. He is generally addressed as Father General. The position sometimes carries the derogatory nickname of the Black Pope, after his simple black priest’s vestments, as contrasted to the white garb of the Pope
The idea of there being a black Pope in the end times does not come from the Bible, but rather from the visions of Saint Malachy in the 12th century. In approximately A.D. 1139, Saint Malachy received a vision in which it was revealed to him that there would be 112 more Popes, with the last one being the “black Pope.” Interestingly, the current Pope, Benedict XVI, is Pope number 111 after Saint Malachy’s vision (although the count of Popes varies somewhat). So, is the next Pope, the 112th Pope, going to be the black Pope?
“Does the Bible say anything about a black Pope in relation to the end times?”
Biblically speaking, there is absolutely no connection between a black Pope and the end times. The Bible does not even mention the papacy. The idea of a supreme leader over the entire Christian church is not found in the Bible. There may be an end-times prophecy about the city of Rome (Revelation 17:9), as Rome is the city on seven hills. Some interpret the whore/beast of Babylon as the Roman Catholic Church and believe that in the end times the Roman Catholic Church will actually welcome the coming of the Antichrist. Some hold that the black Pope will be the one who leads the Roman Catholic Church into this apostasy. Again, let it be said, the Bible does not say anything about Popes in general or an end-times Pope in particular.
There is also the question of what Saint Malachy’s vision of a black Pope means in regards to the use of the word “black.” Some believe it refers to an evil nature; thus, the last Pope will be an evil Pope. Others believe that it refers to skin color; thus, someone of African descent will be elected Pope. In the most recent papal election, at least one African candidate was considered. Whatever the case, even if someone of black/African descent is elected the next Pope, it does not necessarily have any bearing on the end times. Instead of studying purported visions and wild conspiracy theories, our focus should be on what the Bible actually says about the signs of the end times.
The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ or SI) is a Christian male religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits and are also known colloquially as “God’s Marines”,these being references to founder Ignatius of Loyola’s military background and members’ willingness to accept orders anywhere in the world and live in extreme conditions.
“When two Jesuits meet, the devil is always there to make a threesome.”– old French proverb