In words which infer his predecessor's resignation was an attempt to circumvent the St. Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes, and avert Rome's destruction, Pope Francis "repeated that he did not rule out resigning as pope like his predecessor Benedict XVI if he felt he could no longer rule the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church, saying that he would ask God for guidance “when the time comes”."
If Francis were to resign, or die, prior to Rome’s destruction, it would simply infer he was a false Pope (an anti-pope). Benedict needs to die, in order to affirm Francis. But even the death of Benedict would not, necessarily affirm and validate Francis – the 112th Pope in the prophecy is supposed to assume the mantle of St. Peter.
But how is that defined? What is the ‘mantle of Peter, the association which would bond this pope in the same way Benedict was bound to the Benedict/Olives prediction? Orthodox Jew? True follower of the Doctrine or Peter and Paul?
Pope Francis Defends Pius XII on Charges He Turned Blind Eye to Holocaust
Pope Francis has strongly defended his wartime predecessor Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, saying the opening of Vatican archives will shed light on the controversy.