Romain Pontife garde de t'approcher, de la cité que deux fleuves arrouse,
ton sang viendras aupres de là cracher, toi & les tiens quand fleurira la Rose.
Roman Pontiff beware of approaching, the city that two rivers arouse,
your blood will come from the spitting, you and yours when the Rose will flourish.
This update also appears on POPE FRANCIS AND THE ROSEPROPHECY: THE CURRENT VIEW.
It remains a possibility that the trip will be called off, especially if there is anymore of what happened on January 21 ... or worse.
But technically, and I have pointed this out in the past, Quatrain 2.97 does not actually warn against the Pope travelling to "the land between two rivers" but rather "a city watered by two rivers." Baghdad is of course famously "watered" by the Tigris River but there is another: The Diyala River joins the Tigris just southeast of the city and borders its eastern suburbs. Thus, Baghdad qualifies as a city actually lying between two rivers, watered by one, and to some lesser extent, watered by the other.
So, what does set off the alarm bells concerning Baghdad being the city of Quatrain 2.97?
It is all the other quatrains that paint bleak and horrific pictures about a land "between two rivers." One truly gets the impression that Nostradamus was writing, even obsessing, about the same location in all of them. Here is a sampling (without interpretations):
His last hand through the bloody Alus,
Protection by sea will not be guaranteed:
Between two rivers, dreading the military hand,
The black and angry one will make him repent.
With the Rapacious and bloody one,
Issued from the brothel of the inhuman Nero,
Between two rivers, the military on the left hand,
He will be murdered by a young, bald man.
He will find himself shut in between two rivers,
Casks and barrels joined to cross beyond:
Eight bridges broken, chief run through many times,
Perfect children's throats slit by the knife.
The fire by night will take hold in two lodgings,
Several within suffocated and roasted.
It will happen near two rivers as one:
Sun, Sagittarius and Capricorn all will be reduced.
It is possible it is not related, but chances are high that it is.
The pope who dies spitting blood, and likewise all those who accompany him, must be victims of a military attack. Likely these are bullets causing the entire delegation to bleed from their mouths, unless it is a biological agent.
I have considered the possibility that the bleeding is from the lungs, and thus from a COVID-19 infection, but the quatrain is a warning to "you and yours" (to the pope and those with him) ... thus, what are the chances of the entire delegation coughing up blood from COVID-19 at the same time? Not too likely.
Could it possibly be a different pope?
It certainly could.
And, for that matter, Pope Francis may have a smashing success when he visits Iraq and returns back to the Vatican safe and sound. In fact, I would not at all be surprised if it all does go well.
However, it will open the gates to future visits by Francis and other popes who will follow him. It may even open up the possibility of a visit by the elderly pontiff emeritus, Benedict XVI.
The danger then would not necessarily be a first visit to Iraq but a sense of false security for future visits. And it may be during one of those this quatrain is fulfilled.
We should not be surprised if that is the case. The likelihood that Iraq will ever be a nation at peace anytime in the near future or even the next 20 or 30 years is not at all reassuring. Iraq will likely remain an abode plagued by periods of war, insurrection, terrorism, persecution, and genocide until the time of a Golden Age Nostradamus envisions will last worldwide for 57 years. After that, wars will start up again and will never end until the Battle of Armageddon.
So, yes, it may be a long time before a pope is actually killed approaching the city of Baghdad. Or it could be in March of this year ... or even May of 2023.
Why May 2023?
Because that will be the 42nd anniversary of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in May 1981.
The last troublesome vector for Pope Francis of June 2019, still wielding some influence in 2021, was largely contingent on whether President Donald Trump would die in office later that year (much like Pope John XXIII and President John F. Kennedy were linked by death in 1963). Trump was not assassinated and so Pope Francis remained safe. Had anything happened to Trump, Francis would have likely died of natural causes or else resigned like Benedict did in 2013. Indeed, the potential for resignation extended beyond 2019 and lasted throughout 2020, the seventh year after Benedict retired. We are still closer to June 2019 then we are to May 2023 ... and that favors a successful trip to Iraq, but does not guarantee it.
Quatrain 2.97 will likely be fulfilled, if not by Pope Francis now, then possibly by Pope Francis later. One might ask if Francis will return to Iraq in 2022 and again in 2023. Or it may apply to Benedict emeritus ... or by a successor to Francis, who is unknown at this time.
There is also an "elephant in the room" missing from Quatrain 2.97.
As I state on my Pope Francis main page: "The mountain with the rugged cross at its top is a mystery if applied to Mesopotamia. I can find no evidence of a holy mountain associated with Christianity existing anywhere in Iraq or Syria!"
The location could be almost anywhere, but not likely Iraq. Cross Mountain in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina is one possibility. Mount Hymettus near Athens, the hill of the Sacre Couer Cathedral in Paris and Le rocher des Doms at Avignon are three others. But there are many other possibilities.
If the Third Secret and Quatrain 2.97 are linked, the city can NOT be Baghdad.
So should we breathe a sigh of relief?
Not neccessarily. Quatrain 2.97 certainly by itself could refer to Baghdad.
Both the Third Secret and Quatrain 2.97 together, as discussed above, could be about one pope visiting a place like Athens or Paris or elsewhere similar at a very bad time.
It is also quite possible that two different popes will be assassinated: one fulfilling Quatrain 2.97 and the other fulfilling the Third Secret prophecy. As bleak as the present times are that we are in, the future is still likely to be long ... long enough for two papal assassinations, and maybe more than that.
If Quatrain 2.97 is indeed applicable to the Pope's March visit to Iraq, then one mystery remains: who or what is "The Rose?" It can't be when roses flourish, because they don't flourish in March. I also see no indication that the late Princess Diana, England's Rose, is going to be coming into remembrance in a major way in March either. Maybe it is because The Rose does not seem to apply, that the trip will be a safe one!