Marion and all:
I happened to come across the following article today, regarding the new
Pope and Malachy's prophecies:
> (Poss. off-topic, as earliest versions are probably in Latin, but I'd
> dearly love to know what the earliest commentaries in Irish contain.)
> Maolmaodhóg (Archbishop of Armagh 1148, in succession to Celsus)
> compiled, in his spare time, a list of 111 Popes, of whom we are
> bidding farewell to the 110th.
> So, my question is the obvious one: can anyone on this list
> identify, authoritatively, Irish mss containing the earliest
> renditions of Malachy's list of 111 successors to Peter, from
> Malachy's own time, starting with Celestine II (1143)?
> I have here a 1932 edition of Malachy'sprophecies, a re-issue of a 1846
> publication, which ends with Pope CI (Pius IX), and contains a "to be
> fulfilled" list, including CVII "Pastor et nauta", obviously, John XXIII
> (on whose death in 1963 the world stopped turning for my mother); CVIII
> "Flos florum" (equally obviously Paul VI); CIX "De medietate Lunae" (ní
> hansa, no translation needed, again obvious, since he lasted less than a
> month); CX "De labore solis" (John Paul II, who has just died).
> According to Malachy, the 111th Pope is "Gloriae Olivae".:-)