Next Pope, Black Pope, Last Pope?
While it's in bad form to be talking about papabile now, His Eminence Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, pictured above, is the subject of this secular report — The young tearaway who's in the running to be next Pope. "It's indispensable that we see Christianity come back to Europe," said this Prince of the Church. "If Europe should become less Christian, it gives us a sense of being orphans, of having an experience of faith without parents."
When I was an exchange student in Chile, I remember first hearing that the world would end after the election of a black pope. A Lutheran at the time, I dismissed such talk as just another silly Catholic superstition. An American, I thought such talk was racist. Now, I know it to be neither.
Could His Eminence be Petrus Romanus, mentioned in St Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes, "who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge his people"? This fellow seems to think so — The Coming Black Pope. See also Soloviev's Apocalypse, in which "resistance comes from Pope Peter II, John the Elder, leader of the Orthodox, and Professor Ernst Pauli, representing Protestantism" and under the "pressure of persecution the three churches in this eschatological situation at last unite."
Of course, none of the above have any official recognition by the Church.