Click bait posing as news and even the preppers and doomers are gettting
excited about the possibility of the next Pope being Black
fulfilling St. Malachy's prophecy and heralding the end of the world.
So here are the facts:
St. Malachy was a real guy doing real godly work in the 12th century.
There are 112 prophecies attributed to him starting at the 12th Century and the run up until today. They describe the personalities of each successive pope. He describes a Black Pope as the last Pope. Black may not mean he has a year round tan.
The prophecies are incredibly accurate and nail each Pope exactly until 1590 which just so happens to be when they were discovered. It also just happens be when there was a Papal election and it just so happened that the discovered Malachy prophecies came down on the side of one of the Papal contenders who was duly elected.
The Church has it's own version of don't ask and don't tell which applies to alter boys, dubious miracles and prophecies. Their policy is to investigate and if the miracles etc prove to be true then a sainthood is awarded and Miracles confirmed. Apparently the jury is still out on St. Malachy's prophecies. In other words the Churches attitude to the prophecies is there is no credible evidence.
Nostradamus' story is very similar with factions twisting his words and even writing their own to suit their own political agendas. See Nazi Germany.
How do I know all this? I went to Catholic school in my formative years and taught by Nuns and Priests. There was one particularly progressive Nun who had a deep interest in Church history and liked to teach us the good and the bad.