It is belived that Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope that was being
mentioned in this vision of St. John Bosco.
May 30, 1862, Don Bosco recounted that, in a dream, he had seen
an immense sea, on which a great many ships were arranged for
battle, against a larger and taller ship. He also saw others which
were defending the tall ship. Here are his words: "In the
midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance
apart, soar high into the sky. One is surmounted by a statue of
the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads:
'Auxilium Christianorum,' ('Help of Christians'). The other, far
loftier and sturdier, supports a Host of Proportionate size, and
bears beneath it the inscription: 'Salus credentium,' ('Salvation
of believers'). "The flagship commander the Roman Pontiff
standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his ship between
the two columns, from whose summit hang many anchors, and strong
hooks linked to chains. The entire enemy fleet closes in, to intercept
and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything
they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons.
The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship
again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted,
it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a
gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the
two columns instantly seals the gash.
"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; firearms and beaks fall
to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In a blind fury,
the enemy takes to hand to hand combat, cursing and blaspheming.
Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped
up, but, struck a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises
from the enemy, and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no
sooner is the Pope dead, than another takes his place. The captains
of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly, that the news of
the Pope's death coincides with that of his successor's election.
The enemy's self assurance wanes.
"Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his
ships safely between the two columns; first, to the one surmounted
by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the
Virgin. At this point, something unexpected happens. The enemy
ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other.
"Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside
their flagship, are the first to tie up at the two columns. Many
others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand
still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish
under the waves. Then they, too, head for the two columns, tie
up at the swinging hooks, and ride safe and tranquil beside their
flagship. A great calm now covers the sea."
SBB. (Memoirs, Vol. Vll, 107-108.)