I've mentioned in the past that I have no use for Nostradamus. Nor astrology. I had no use for the Mayan calendar. And I have no use for St. Malachy and his list of popes.
However, it's pretty obvious that many people DO believe in these things. And in the case of Malachy's Petrus Romanus, it's even more clear that in the last 50 or so years (especially) that the Roman Catholic church has forced/prodded/encouraged popes to manipulate certain facts or choose particular identifications to adhere to St. Malachy's prophecies.
I can assume with a great reassurance that the next pope will be prodded/chosen along the same lines. While the official line is that the Catholics care nothing about Malachy's prophecy, we know they really do (hence, why were the last popes' identities changed to fit the prophecy?)
While I care nothing about prophecies and soothsayers, the concept/conspiracy of Petrus Romanus is a totally different creature. Petrus Romanus is more than a pope, it's (I believe) a supernatural identity. It's the whole "the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth" type thing. I do believe it/he is real.