The Prophecy of Pope John XXIII
There is a book from Pier Carpi, "Le profezie di Papa Giovanni" published by Edizioni Mediterranee (also mentioned in the bibliography), which collects some prophecies that Pope John XXIII would have enunciated when he was in Turkey, around 1935. In one of these prophecies the Pope tells about a "barefoot saint", who has been associated without any doubt to Sai Baba; here is the part of the text in which is mentioned that saint (Pope John is telling about one his successor):
"Blessed, blessed, blessed. [...]Virgin Mary is near. Virgin Mary who was sacrified[...] It will be difficult the beginning of the road, walking in Rome in days of blood.[...] In your house you will admit a saint with naked feet.[...] The saint will also speak for you in every country and from the world white flowers will surround you. [...] And you will make yourself barefoot, and you will walk with the barefoot saint.[...]"
(quoted and translated from "Le profezie di Papa Giovanni")
The prophecy doesn't seems to contain anything leading to Sai Baba. The only character is that the saint is barefoot, and in effect SB doesn't wears any footwear; but it's also true that the naked feet has been all the times a symbol of renouncement and humbleness, putting aside from SB. Moreover, this prophesied saint would have to "speak also for the Pope", and together they would have to walk barefoot. All this doesn't seems to match with the actual situation.
We can risk an alternative interpretation, just as pure and simple exercise: suppose that the successor mentioned in the prophecy is Pope John Paul II, and suppose that the "barefoot saint" indicates a "saint figure" characterized by great humbleness, quality indicated right by the barefootness, rather than a certain particular male saint: the prophecy is generic, thus we can try. Let's analyze now the sentences of the prophecy:
"Virgin Mary is near. Virgin Mary who was sacrified"
It's all-known the great devotion of John Paul II to the Virgin Mary: he made of it the leading theme of all his pontificate, and the Church has greatly retrieved the marian cult with Pope Woytila; while under his predecessors this cult was relatively in background.
"It will be difficult the beginning of the road, walking in Rome in days of blood"
As it's well known, in the eighties there was an attempt to assassinate the Pope made by the turkish man Mehemet Ali Agca.
"In your house you will admit a saint with naked feet.[...] The saint will also speak for you in every country and from the world white flowers will surround you. [...] And you will make yourself barefoot, and you will walk with the barefoot saint"
Which saint figure could it be, very humble, active in all countries fo the world, speaking also in the name of the Pope, and with which he would have shared part of the walk making himself humble? The first figure that comes to my mind is not Sai Baba, which:
has never visited the Pope, is only apparently humble, is active only in India and certainly doesn't talk or acts for the sake of the Roman Church,
but is Mother Teresa from Calcutta (rest in peace), which:
was catholic, has met many times the Pope (with whom she shared, among the other things, the devotion to Mary), she has been in Vatican, she was extremely humble and active worldwide. Moreover, in the last years, the Pope shared with her a major attention toward the poor, the miserables and the serious problems of the planet, with an attitude surely humbler than in the past: really, sometimes Pope John Paul II "walked barefootly" with Mother Teresa.
What about this short exercise? Really Sai Baba could be the "barefoot saint"? Or not? Still here at least some doubt could be raised, always supposing that these prophecies really exist, and that they are authentic.
One of the other things prophesied by Pope John XXIII and collected in the above mentioned book, is that around 2033 will take place the Final Judgement: "[...] It will be two thousand years plus the age of the Savior [Jesus]. It will be a good Judgement. [...]". Thence we must consider that:
Thus it seems that Pope John's prophecy on Final Judgement doesn't agree so much with Sai Baba's future programs, and this further on invalidates the association of these prophecies with Sai Baba.
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