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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Vaticinia de Pontificibus



Miniature of Pope Celestine V kneeling in prayer. 
From Vaticinia de Pontificibus 
1425 - 1450
Illustrated manuscript
285 x 195 mm
Italy, Central (Florence)
Harley 1340 f. 3
The British Library, London


Miniature of Miniature of Pope Gregory XII
From Vaticinia de Pontificibus 
1425 - 1450
Illustrated manuscript
285 x 195 mm
Italy, Central (Florence)
Harley 1340 f. 9v
The British Library, London


The Vaticinia Pontificum was a work of black propaganda falsely attributed to the mystic Joachim of Fiore (c. 1135 – March 30, 1202)

They allegedly made prophecies regarding the popes: who was to be elected and what were their attributes or main characteristics

Many regard the work as a crude attempt to influence future conclaves

Unfortunately the practice still continues today among Catholics and non-Catholics