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World not ending, despite Maya prediction–Vatican



Graphic showing a breakdown of the Mayan calendar, due to begin a new cycle on Dec 21. AFP PHOTO

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s top astronomer has some assurances to offer: The world won’t be ending in 10 days, despite predictions to the contrary.

The Rev. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, wrote in Wednesday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that “it’s not even worth discussing” doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar that are flooding the Internet ahead of the purported Dec. 21 apocalypse.

Yes, Funes wrote, the universe is expanding and if some models are correct, will at one point “break away” — but not for billions of years. But he said Christians profoundly believe that “death can never have the last word.”

The Mayan Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 B.C., marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. The Mayans wrote that the significant 13th Baktun ends Dec. 21.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Not the World but the influence of RC church in the PHL will end today!

     

    • po6is777

      Daydreaming. hehe. The Catholic Church is not only about RH! wake up!

  • virgoyap

    This is not a statement of the Pope but from a noted and top astronomer of the Vatican Fr. Jose Funes.

  • graciano82

    The Mayan calendar is merely an illusionary creation of thearcheologist who due to their waylaid perception of life got hooked up to this study of the Mayan Culture. To me there prediction based on their convoluted minds is farcical a thought of a nincompoop

    • blainz

      Archaeologists are supposed to dig up and understand cultures of time past, that’s their job. Implying that they believe as the peoples they study, or that they endorse such beliefs in the present is perverse and shows a great misunderstanding of their science.

  • josephine82

    In Revelations, the apocalypse or armageddon will happen but as to when only God knows for even Christ is destitute of it. There are signs described as a prelude but the definitive moment for when to occur is the million dollar question. Accordingly this prsent world shall be destroyed to pave a way for a new world like the Heaven a new one be birthed and ONLY THOSE WHO ARE INCLUDED IN THE BOOK OF THE LIVING SHALL BE SAVED.  . THE PERVERTS, MURDERERS, LIARS IN WORDS AND DEEDS ETC CAN’T ENTER THE NEW HEAVEN OR THE NEW JERUSALEM AS SAID SO

    • UrHONOR

      BOSH!

    • tarikan

      Sabi ng INC sila lang daw yun ang mase-save. Hayaan mo na kaunti laang sila hindi sila magiging masaya dun.

      • Guest

        Hehe, this is funny but witty. Yung mga nagsasabi na sila lang ang ma save like the INC sila yung mga jugmental. They knew hindi makakaligtas ang relihiyon but they chose to be fools.

  • nakawan

    Rev. Funes says that Christians believe death can never have the last word… and yet there are so many others on this planet who aren’t Christians

  • UrHONOR

    THE END of anything is in the MIND…..just as the existence of all things.  

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       yes.

      sabi nga ng instructor ko dati sa ROTC, its all in the mind.

  • tarikan

    Baktung-inanam! Kung sila (Mayan) nga ubos na, nauna nang magunaw ang kanilang mundo. 

  • Yanong_OFW

    huna-huna nyo lang nah..i-otot na para mawala..

  • Sweet Disguised

    It will be funny to tell him his predictions were wrong if it did happen next week.  



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