- Could a long-dormant complex of volcanoes on Rome's doorstep be the key to Rome's destruction in an ancient prophecy from Archbishop Malachy?
- Archbishop Malachy's prophecy, Petrus Romanus would be the last Pope after his reign Rome would be destroyed
- A long-dormant complex of volcanoes on Rome's doorstep is slowly filling up with liquid magma and will erupt once more
- Having shown no sign of activity for the last 36,000 the long-empty magma chambers beneath the volcanic hills are once again filling up with red-hot gasses and molten rock.
"The surprising results reveal these volcanoes are anything but extinct," explained INVG geophysicist Fabrizio Marra, who studied the hills with colleagues from Rome's Sapienza University. "They are moving out of a dormant state and are waking up."
Having shown no sign of activity for the last 36,000 years, the lush green Alban Hills are today a popular spot for day-tripping Romans, located just 20 kilometres south of the capital.
Scientists say the long-empty magma chambers beneath the volcanic hills are once again filling up with red-hot gasses and molten rock.
A number of indicators have confirmed the findings, including recent satellite data which show the hills are rising up by 2-3mm each year due to the build-up in pressure below the ground.
Geological cracks and fissures in the area also show signs they have expanded considerably over the last 2,000 years - the blink of an eye in geological terms.
"We will now need to closely monitor the volcanic area for the foreseeable future," explained Mara. But while it has been confirmed that volcanic activity is on the rise, experts say lava won't be spilling from craters in the Alban Hills anytime soon.
Archbishop Malachy's prophecy of the last Pope and the destruction of Rome
We are now at the last Pope in his prophecy.
The prophecies of the Irish Saint Malachy, the 12th century bishop of Armagh, have thrilled and dismayed readers for centuries.
He stated, Petrus Romanus would be the last Pope and during his reign comes the end of the world. So Francis could be the last.
The prediction in full is: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”
The father of the current pope was Peter, or Pietro, and was from Italy even though the family moved to Argentina. Source
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