In Alexander Abad-Santos’ “Guide to Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories” about the surprising departure of Pope Benedict XVI, he includes that, “on a slightly more ridiculous course, there is a papal prophecy out there from St. Malachy, a monk born in 1094, that Pope Benedict’s successor will be a guy dubbed “Peter the Roman” and Peter the Roman’s pontificate will be so bad that he will destroy Rome (the Catholic Church).” (“Why the Pope Really Stepped Down: Your Guide to Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories”, by Alexander Abad-Santos. The Atlantic Wire, Feb. 11, 2013)
This eerie prophecy of St. Malachy was the subject of the May 23, 2012 Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry. Cryptographic analysis has been done. For example, in the St. Malachy prophecies, within the Latin phrase, Peregrinus apostolicus, can be found – twice – “Pius.” This is found in a published copy of the prophecies from 200 years before the arrival of successive Popes Pius VI and Pius VII, both of whom were exiled and became in truth “Peregrinus apostolicus” (Apostolic pilgrims).
Immediately following the surprise announcement of Pope Benedict’s retirement, at least two bookmakers, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, made one Peter Turkson the favourite to be appointed as the new pope. (“Peter Turkson”, Wikipedia, Feb. 12, 2013)
Is Peter Turkson in other words “Peter the Roman”? We have the first part, “Peter.” But “Turk’s son” does not seem to equate with “the Roman.”
Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson is a Ghanaian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Ghana is in Africa, so that also does not seem to equate with “the Roman.”
However the Wikipedia entry (op. cit.) mentions Turkson was appointed by Pope Benedict as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009. Turkson is also “Within the Roman Curia…” And the Roman Curia is the administrative apparatus of the Holy See and the central governing body of the entire Catholic Church, together with the Pope. (“Roman Curia”, Wikipedia, Feb. 12, 2013)
Peter Turkson, a leading candidate for next Pope and belonging to the Roman Curia, can therefore be construed as “Peter the Roman”, the final Pope predicted by St. Malachy.