Peter Mathews comic

Peter Cardinal Mathews

Gender Male
Nationality Caucasian American
Born  ? years before Rapture
Died Midpoint of Tribulation prior to Nicolae Carpathia's assassination
Occupation Former archbishop of the diocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, later Pontifex Maximus of Enigma Babylon One World Faith, Mystery Babylon The Great
Relatives None known
Religion Roman Catholic (nonbeliever) {originally}, Enigma Babylon {after formation}
Spiritual State Condemned
First Appearance Tribulation Force

Pontifex Maximus Peter Cardinal Mathews II was the former archbishop of the diocese of Cincinnati, Ohio who became the pope of Enigma Babylon One World Faith. He played the role of Mystery Babylon The Great.


Tribulation Force, Soul Harvest

Following the Rapture of the current Catholic Pope (named John XXVI who lasted only five months), Peter Mathews was proclaimed the Pope of the Catholic Church. When the world's religions came together to form a unified doctrine of all religions being valid pathways to God, Mathews became the head, calling himself Peter II, an insult to the papacy as no Pope has ever taken the name of Peter because the Apostle Peter is recognized as the first Pope of the Catholic Church.

Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed

He gets stung by a demon locust on his leg.

Assassins: Assignment: Jerusalem, Target: Antichrist

Peter Mathews's arrogance and his eventual attempt to usurp Nicolae Carpathia's power caused his downfall, especially when his attempt to assassinate the Potentate through the bloody rift between the United African States subpotentate Rehoboth and his rival Mwangati Ngumo was discovered. He is murdered by the ten subpotentates who use ice daggers from a statue erected for Peter II as predicted in the Book of Revelation, with his body subsequently cremated under the guise of having contracted a contagious disease. Afterwards at the Global Gala, Nicolae hypnotizes the crowd to inform them that though they were about to hear of Pontifex Maximus (abbrivated as P.M.) Peter II's death, they would not be shocked at the news; his memorial service was cancelled due to the lack of interest.


  • The Papal name of Peter II may also connect to St. Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes, which states that the last Pope will be named Petrus Romanus (Peter II), "who will reign during the ultimate persecution of the Holy Roman Church".

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