I don’t give two hoots for the spurious “prophecies” of Nostradamus. But I do find interesting that the Daily Times of Pakistan thinks this kook’s ravings are newsworthy, and I suspect that might be because of the “Muslim invasion of the West” part. But hasn’t that already started (in earnest, in Europe)? From AFP in the Daily Times, with thanks to Skeetstreet:
The pope elected to succeed John Paul II will be assassinated and his death will spark a Muslim invasion of the West that will split the Roman Catholic Church, according to an interpretation of Nostradamus” prophecies by a leading Colombian author.
“The next pope elected will be subsequently murdered in central Italy. Then comes pope number 112, who will flee Rome because of an attack by Muslims,” Gonzalo Echeverri, a Colombian investigating judge and author of a book on Nostradamus told AFP. According to Echeverri, the pope will base himself in Avignon, France and another pontiff will take control in Italy, splitting the Catholic Church in two.
Pope number 112? Um, Gonzalo, the next pope will be number 265.
“There is a very clear prophecy that says the holy father will move to another place, even warning that the French pope will not be able to stay in Avignon due to the Muslim invasion and will flee again to Lyon, where he will be attacked, according to Nostradamus,” Echeverri said.