Over the years, it has been reported that Pope Francis is not in the greatest of health. He has already undergone multiple surgeries as well as having more that are still needed.
It's now being reported that Pope Francis' resignation may be imminent.
This is something that has been talked about for some time though. Pope Francis is 85-years-old with deteriorating health. So, while it's a bit of a shock to finally hear something imminent, it's not as though this is coming out of nowhere.
The thing about this that is so interesting to me is that there is an old prophecy known as the prophecy of the popes and supposedly, Pope Francis is supposed to be the last pope according to that prophecy. I don't buy this prophecy at all, but I can't pretend that I'm not fascinated by it at least.
The problem is that Pope Francis doesn't really seem to fit the prophecy which states, "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End."
The closest thing that people can find is that Francis of Assisi, who was another Francis, had a father whose name was Pietro (Peter). Quite a stretch if you ask me.
So, you either have to throw out this prophecy altogether or try and say something along the lines of some other pope who is to come who is actually Peter the Roman.
In my opinion, the whole thing just sounds like a fanciful tale in which it's relatively easy to read into it to make someone fit the criteria just like people do with the supposed prophecies of Nostradamus.