J.Edgar Hoover, who was granted the FBI for life, once stated that there were no ‘mafia-style’ gangs in the USA. He was lying or misinformed, as it turned out, but the deception then reasserted itself as a confusion as to who they really were. We have since been told of the Irish Mafia and the Jewish Mafia in addition to the Italian Mafias of movie-theatrical fame. Some indiscreet writers call the CIA a mafia of sorts. But they’re mostly mild-mannered technicians, I think, though they may resemble super-mafiosi in some of their dimensions. Others have applied this to Hollywood or the Vatican and its specialist outreach servers. I think mafias require scarcity in the products they are purveying (prohibitions especially) and fear as the primary service they render to humanity.

Ignatius Loyola was a Spanish soldier – retired wounded – and a religious obssessive. A gilded and silvery image of him may be seen at Gesù Church, Rome. Together with Francis Xavier and nine mature students of religion, he started the Society of Jesus in 1534. He was beatified by Pope Paul V on July 27th 1609 (17 days after the Catholic League was formed) and subsequently canonized. Francis Xavier and 38 other Jesuits have been sainted also.

Although black robes are normal attire for lowly RC priests, the Jesuits of every rank have become noted for it, all over the world, and their lifetime leader is commonly referred to as the Black Pope despite that title sounding derogatory – his correct address is a respectful mix of Father and General. (See the entry for April 2017 on or the Article END-TIME NOSTRADAMUS SERIES (2) CHOSEN on the Jesuit’s joining oath of allegiance which declares readiness to undertake assassinations and outright deceptions, even life-long deceptions, without ever asking the Jesuit superiors their reasons. These strangely devious ‘men not in black’ and their families assuredly hold powerful commercial, educational, legal, medical and political positions in many parts of the world.)

Despite a constitution that prevents the Jesuit priest becoming a Bishop or Cardinal or the Pontiff, the Cardinal Bergoglio (of 12 years standing, previously both a Bishop and a ‘Provincial’, a high Jesuit territorial title) who has filled a sudden power vacuum at the Vatican as Pope number 266 (a subdivision of Pope 265?) is such a Jesuit.*

The Super General of the Jesuits has been mooted as the real power behind – or over – the Papas. Jorge Mario joined the JS under oath of allegiance in March 1958, according to the newspapers, and is entirely aligned with the emergent global governance, or New World Order, by his own say so. Do we now have two Jesuit Paters, as invisibly bound as ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’? For how long can this last? I mean, who’s the Boss? Or will a purely technocratic political appointee from outside be revealed? A shocking judge?

*perhaps provoking Professor Chussodovsky to write his piece ‘“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis I? Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Argentina’s “Dirty War”’.

A true reluctance to take hold the reins of power, let alone keep hold of power, is virtually unknown among those susceptible to the ill-allure of the aroma of despot. (The Pope is the reigning Monarch of the Vatican State.)

Pope Benedict XVI apparently knew in March 2012 (on his return from Cuba according to a recent revelation by the New York Times) that he would be quitting in 2013 and others knew it too. Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone said he was told in mid-2012 about Benedict XVI’s decision to resign. In fact it might even have been intended “since the start of his pontificate” although personally I find any unpushed resignation from a seat of power to be suspect. It’s a dangerous thing to do and hardly ever is it non-political.

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(see the ‘Nostradamondo’ blogs for March 2012 HOLY CHIPS!



The Catholic Church was and is Old Roman to its foundations. The sound of the Roman language was one that children growing up in Judaen families at the time of Jesus surely learned to despise. The diminutive yet domineering Romans have gone now but their dead language is still spoken in the Vatican as if charged with all that is holy. Nobody knows how to pronounce it and I have lived through an English volt face over the strict sonic conventions demanded by academe. The bizarre notion that a songbook once left handwritten notes on how to pronounce Latin properly seems too small a basis to proceed from so as to speak anew a dead foreign language with authority.

The Vatican’s citizens are mostly Italian speakers (with vowel-sounds a little like North Country English) and their modern Italianate Latin can elude me sometimes. When the identity of the new Pope was announced over the balcony PA-system it sounded something like “… Habemus Papam … Georgiou Marium … Benegorlium … Franciscum”. Discounting ‘Jorge’ for a brief moment we may find that his more usual names ‘Mario … Bergoglio … Franciscus’ could sound like a possible candidate for ‘Mabus’. (See II 62 MABUS BY NAME )

It used to be a rarity that the elected Pope was not Italian. (John Paul II was from Poland, which was once ruled by France, by the way, and Benedictus grew up in a Germany gripped by Nazism.) This is both the first Argentinian and the first Jesuit who is ‘Vicar of Rome’. Prior to his election I guess he was, figuratively, a blackrobe Jesuit and a redrobe Cardinal at one and the same time as no-one is allowed to quit fully the Society of Jesus except by death.

Jesuits have been chosen as the bishops of, for instance, underdeveloped Church areas where they were the best or only choice available at the time. Yet they have all sworn by the JS Constitution never to accept such an election “unless I am forced to do so by obedience to him who can order me under penalty of sin” and so the protocol is that these ‘Soldiers of Christ’ cease to take any orders from their Jesuit General forthwith. But some of you may know that ‘once in the service; always in the service’ if only because ‘our best friend – who knows all about us –  is our worst possible enemy also’ and this may be somewhat applicable.

The earliest Jesuit Cardinal was the sainted Robert Bellarmine, prominent in the Giordano Bruno and Galileo persecutions.

At the time of the election of Pope Francis I, on 13th March 2013, no nominal Jesuit Cardinal was under 80 years old and so all three were age-disbarred from being papal electors. Francis is famed for his humility. ‘IHS’ is dead-centre on the Pope’s coat-of-arms.

VI 25

Par Mars contraire sera la Monarchie,
Du grand pescheur en trouble ruyneux :
Ieune noir rouge prendra la hierarchie,
Les proditeurs iront iour bruyneux.

By Mars/By March it will be unfavourable for the monarchy,
For the great fisherman a ruinous trouble:
The youngest among the ‘black red’ will take over/hold sway over the hierarchy,
The treacherous ones will act so on a day of rainy atmospherics.

Of course this could merely describe the divided loyalties of a Jesuit Pope –
both directly to God and the Church, as emphasized by his celestial position,
and to the JS Super General through an Earthly oath.

By holding to both he could throw himself and his electors into a state of psychological if not spiritual crisis – at least in theory. (A crisis theory or a conspiracy theory?) Otherwise we might recall that the Pope has never been independent of worldly politics, even by Church legislation. The Synod of Rome, 862, gave Roman noblemen the right to reject the decision of the papal conclave (but by the Second Council of the Lateran, 1139, the lower clergy and the laity could not even give assent to the outcome of the vote) while the Pope was bound by his oaths of loyalty to the Holy Roman Emperor who was the guardian of the City of Rome.

Line 1, OF ‘Mars’ is March or the planet-god of wars and forceful determination.

OF ‘contraire/contrahere’ means unfavourable or somebody opposed to another as adversary, competitor, enemy or rival.

Line 2, OF ‘pescheur/pecheur’ is a fisherman but ‘grand pescheur’ may be something assumed as a suitable affectionate name for a Pope, relating back to Peter who Jesus addressed that way with the special meaning “fisher of men”.

Line 3. OF ‘ieune’ is quite naturally taken as ‘jeune’, the modern Fr. for young. As such it doesn’t quite fit the meaning of the line. But I did not find any alternative to ‘ieune’ for which this could be a mistake. (Amusingly the Old Provençal ‘iure’ meant drunk whilst Latin ‘jure’ was in essence the law; I’m reminded of the narrowly cylindrical one-man prison for overnighting the small-town inebriate.)

OF ‘Jeune’ is from ‘jone’ and ‘jove’ (“Quinze ans aveit li jovenur”, Estoire of Engleis by Geffrei Gaimar, c.1140) and led to the cautionary meanings ‘inexperienced’ or ‘foolish’ (‘Faits des Romains’, édité par Flutre, c.1213) but came to be a comparative term meaning a little advanced in years compared to the average (‘Œuvres’ by R. de Collerye, 1536) or even the quality of robust young strength (Rabelais, “jeunes guanteletz of jouste”). None of these fit well here either. However the improvisation ‘youngest among his peers’ does fit quite well,  should the intended meaning of ‘Ieune’ have been ‘Youngest among the black red group’. To be clear, traditional and ceremonial colours of cardinal’s robes are red enough to tickle the optic nerve with extensive gold trim and some white lacy bits (for Lent and Advent purple is the liturgical colour) and Nostredame’s contemporary readership would have recognized that. However, they may be seen in black with red trim and red socks on occasion. The Pope wears white. He is the White Pope who must contend like a chessplayer with the Black Pope.

OF ‘hierarchie’ despite being from the Greek, ἱεραρχία, was originally pronounced rather like ‘gérarchie’ (geriarchy?) whatever its spelling, so we are told. It did not yet fully mean a set that is organized by the values of its components. At the beginning of the Fourteenth Century ‘gerarchie theologie’ meant “Order and subordination of different choirs of angels” (‘Life of Saint Denis’, British Museum) which extended to mean the entire priesthood and then the whole of society. (The first particle, OF ‘hier’, when used alone did not mean ‘higher’, by the way, but to pound down something or someone.)

Line 4, OF ‘proditeur’, traitor, also ‘proditoire/proditore’ disloyal, treacherous, betraying. It may have come into literature during the early-mid Sixteenth Century. It was used in later centuries to suggest the black magic that was preoccupying abbots to the detriment of that which is holy. (‘Là-bas’ by Huysman, 1891)

OF ‘bruyneux’ is a difficult word to tie down but is often translated as misty drizzle. A Jewish friend once told me that her mother called such a dark grey and driven atmosphere “gas oven weather”. I could compromise with ‘smokey (fumata bianca) damp drizzle’ or ‘grey cloudy drizzle’ but ‘rainy atmospherics’ is near enough. There are rainy electoral days, of course, and Pope Francis emerged as the head of the Church on such a day.

We appear to have in this quatrain VI 25 an absolute leader or that ceremonial position being confounded by a ‘fisherman’ or Pope who is the younger of the ‘black red’ group being elected as an act of treachery to something or someone on a rainy day.

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V 81

L’oyseau Royal sur la Cité solaire,
Sept mois deuant fera/sera nocturne augure:
Mur d’Orient cherra tonnerre esclaire,
Sept iours aux portes les ennemis à l’heure.

Compressed Translation:
The bird, regal above Rome,
Before seven months the dark hours omen:
Eastern wall will fall ‘lightning thunder’
Seven days time, the enemies at the gates.

Expanded Translation:
The royal bird above Rome the City of the Sun,
Seven months before it will make (will have made) augury at a night-time ceremony:
(This is) seven months before there will be, following this omen, a darkening of the light:
Thunder, lightning will fall down upon the East Wall,
The East Wall falls with thunder and lightning,
Seven days to the hour the enemies will be at the portals.

Line 2. The routinely imperfect OF typeface for ‘fera/sera’ means we must question the author’s intention here. Was this intended to be OF ‘fera’, will (will do, have, make or perform) or OF ‘sera’, will be? The former has the events in the quatrain warned against seven months in advance, the latter could set the period of the augury as current and seven months before the foretold events. OF ‘nocturne’ is either an adjective or a noun and could mean acting in the dark or at night/the night-time. There was also the Cisternian Rule 414, c.1250, as monitored by Livy, defining ‘nocturne’ as “all three parts of the office of Matins”.

This is no ordinary city, it is Rome the City of the Sun. This is no common bird, it is Royal. This is no ordinary augury (the unpleasant Roman misuse of a bird to tell the future) as it has taken place at night. (Or the forewarned event will take place after dusk/during the night.) The lightning accompanies the thunder. The structure is monumental, it has an East Wall. Exactly seven days to the hour the plural enemies will be at the plural gates. There are two sevens in the quatrain. (See the section SEVEN, SEVENTH AND THE SEPTENTRIONALIS in the Article UNDERSTANDING NOSTRADAMUS: EXPLORING SOME SUBJECTS RECURRENT IN THE CENTURIES) This quatrain deserves your investigation and some may already have solutions to the conundrum.

Although named for St.Francis of Assissi, the Pope has had little rapport with the State Doves of Peace. One released from a Vatican window flew back in again whereupon Papa Franciscus shewed it out  only for it to fly back in once more. (A similar fate befell Pope John Paul II.) These traditional domesticated birds of the purest white have since been replaced with the Coloured Balloons of Peace.

Bergoglio’s Argentinian followers were overjoyed when he was named Pope. (He was also a favourite on the previous electoral occasion but humbly ceded victory to Ratzinger, it seems.) Neither the raven, crow nor any bird is a particularly popular choice of nickname for the RC clergy in Argentina or elsewhere. However, there is a connection. Jorge has thoroughly patronised the sports club San Lorenzo de Almagro, first named for a Jesuit priest – same name but not the actual saint – who helped poor boys to play football. The Pope’s father had used the sports facilities of this club which is often known as ‘Raven’ in memory of Lorenzo Massa and his black robes.

Jorge is relatively informal and famously humble though quite a physical person who once worked as the doorman at some leisure rooms and recently defended irate Moslems saying that if somebody had insulted his mother he would have punched them in the mouth. Like Nevermore in ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe?

In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door

Or more the “I never miss a match” type?

The latest word is that Pope Francis is super-comfortable (with ‘liberation theology’) and will callowly/callously call for wicked world government again at the UN meeting in September 2015 (possibly at a signing by world leaders acting well beyond what is described by their briefs and aimed at implementation from December on) but we must wait through the dog-days of August and an especially interesting September before we can view this high bluff. (The higher the bluff the more they hurt when they must fall, poor things, as the pendulum is never irreversible – it always swings back in an opposing direction.)

A little over seven months before the crow and seagull attack on two Vatican doves of peace, publicly released, Pope Francis was handed a pair of non-Vatican caged doves as he rode in public in the open ‘popemobile’. Francis opened the cage door and liberated the doves. One sat on his hand awhile before it flew.

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