This clearly looks like what is in store... Petrus Romanus has try to get through all this mess - as Rome is going to have to reshape the entire government ...
In recent times, some interpreters of prophetic literature have drawn attention to the prophecies due to their imminent conclusion; if the list of descriptions is matched on a one-to-one basis to the list of historic popes since the prophecies' publication, the currently retiring pope, Benedict XVI (2005-2013), would correspond to the second to last of the papal descriptions, Gloria olivae (the glory of the olive). The last prophecy predicts the Apocalypse. The longest and final motto reads:
In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus, quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & judex tremedus judicabit populum suum. Finis.
This may be translated into English as:
In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop].
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.
Several historians and interpreters of the prophecies note that they leave open the possibility of unlisted popes between "the glory of the olive" and the final pope, "Peter the Roman." In the Lignum Vitae, the line In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit. forms a separate sentence and paragraph of its own. While often read as part of the "Peter the Roman" prophecy, other interpreters view it as a separate, incomplete sentence explicitly referring to additional popes between "the glory of the olive" and "Peter the Roman".
One. should look at how Rome will fall when a new Pope and a new leader vow to clean house. I pretty sure it's easy to picture come this election results in a couple days.
Comedian's Party Is Italian Wild Card
Movement's Leader Rebuffs Coalition Overture, but Its Parliamentarians Signal Willingness to Work
ROME—Italy's top politicians used to dismiss comedian-turned-political-activist Beppe Grillo as an extremist upstart who would do the country no good. Now, the joke is on them: Mr. Grillo is being wooed as the playmaker of Italy's fractured postelection political scene, and he's having none of it.
Increasingly, Mr. Grillo appears to be the only real winner of Italy's elections, and he and his scores of untested lawmakers could hold the key to Italy's next government—what it looks like, how long it lasts and what, if anything, it gets done.
Mr. Grillo's Five-Star Movement won 25% of the popular vote and is poised to seat 163 lawmakers in Italy's two house of Parliament. With 54 seats in the upper house, the Senate, his party is big enough to force Italy's leading coalition—led by the center-left Democratic Party—to form a government only if it can forge an alliance with Mr. Grillo or with its arch-enemies, the center-right coalition of Silvio Berlusconi.
The lawmakers in Mr. Grilli's party—the so-called Grillini—represent a shock to a clubby political scene made up largely of career lawmakers. The Grillini who are poised to become lawmakerson March 15 include unemployed university graduates, teachers and elder-care workers. This influx will make the new Parliament Italy's youngest ever, with the most women, according to the research arm of Coldiretti, a farming association.
Mr. Grillo has rejected the idea of an alliance with other parties. But because he isn't taking a seat in Parliament for himself, his role is more that of an orchestra director than an army general. It remains to be seen what party discipline will be brought to bear on his party's new lawmakers.
On Tuesday, Pier Luigi Bersani—whose Democratic Party won a majority of the votes in the lower house, giving it a mandate to try to form a government—said his party would try to form a government centered on passing laws to cut the costs of Italy's political establishment, to change Italy's electoral laws, to fight corruption and to introduce a law that would govern possible conflicts of interest between business and politics.
Mr. Bersani's words were interpreted as a soft overture to Mr. Grillo, whose platform included many of the same ideas.
On Wednesday, Mr. Grillo delivered a firm rebuke—calling Mr. Bersani a "dead man walking." Writing on his blog, he characterized Mr. Bersani as a "political stalker who is molesting the M5S [Five-Star Movement] with indecent proposals."
However, the failure to form a government with a secure parliamentary backing could send Italians back to the polls, an outcome that many Five-Star lawmakers say would represent a lost chance to enact their antiestablishment, pro-change platform.
On Mr. Grillo's blog—the central force of his campaign—supporters appeared split Wednesday on whether to agree to give Mr. Bersani the backing he needs to form a government. "I believe that allowing the creation of a new government is a duty to many voters," wrote a supporter identified as Natalino Lanzara. "Once the government is formed, then we can work on single proposals."
Mr. Grillo's lawmakers could, in fact, help install a government formed by Mr. Bersani without actually voting for it. According to Senate rules, lawmakers can walk out on a confidence vote, allowing the quorum in the Senate to be lowered and therefore effectively helping a confidence vote pass.
Some Grillini said they intend to be forceful backers of laws on a case-by-case basis.
"I certainly don't like back-room deals" to cobble together government majorities, said Stefano Vignaroli, a 36-year-old Roman movement member who was elected in the Chamber of Deputies this week. "But if a bill is good, I don't care who makes the proposal.... Why shouldn't I vote for it?"
Mr. Vignaroli, a video technician for Italian state-owned broadcaster RAI, was among the scores of Five-Star faithful who posted candidacy videos online. Those who received the most clicks from peers in voting late last year gained ballot spots, part of a "direct democracy" process orchestrated by Mr. Grilli.
Mr. Vignaroli, who says he didn't finish university when he became an activist to oppose a local landfill, said he is spending the days before he enters Parliament brushing up on economics and gay rights. He also had to buy a suit.
Five-Star's success is the biggest wave to hit Italian politics since Mr. Berlusconi entered the scene two decades ago. Mr. Grillo was banned from Italian television in the 1980s after jokes that overtly accused the country's politicians of routinely accepting bribes and looting the public purse. He went on to a successful career as a comedian, believing little has since changed in Rome. He set up his party just over three years ago, making inroads in regional and local elections in 2012.
In the elections held Sunday and Monday, his Five-Star Movement got the most votes of any single party—8.689 million, corresponding to 25.6% of the share. That topped the 8.644 million votes of the left-wing Democratic Party. The Democratic Party had, however, allied with smaller parties; together, the coalition came out ahead in the lower house of Parliament, which under Italian voting law handed it a majority of seats in that house.
The Grillini are likely to have enough force in parliament to introduce much legislation. These lawmakers said they aim to change the way Italy runs its politics—in particular making government and the day-to-day running of Parliament more transparent. The party wants bills in Parliament to be made public on the Web so that Italians can study them and comment them before they reach a vote. It also wants to allow full access to parliamentary committees.
"If we fail [to bring about transparency], then we'll see how to use all the technology we have today to force openness," said Francesco Molinari, a 48-year-old lawyer who was elected to the Senate for the movement from the region of Calabria.
Mr. Molinari, from a family of land laborers, said he decided in the 1980s that traditional parties were corrupt. He joined forces with Mr. Grillo in 2007, before the comedian had made his movement official.
"I was expecting a decent number of combative members to join me in parliament," added Mr. Molinari, a former Socialist. "But now that I see such a large number, our work will be even better."