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Vatican brushes aside end-of-the-world talk



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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 believed 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 would end on Dec. 21. The Maya didn’t say much about what would happen next.

Into that void have rushed occult writers, bloggers and New Age visionaries foreseeing all manner of monumental change, from doomsday to a new age of enlightenment. AP


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    In reality,This Mayan Calendar is just similar to Chinese Calendar…Gregorian Calendar as what we have now with 12 months.It so happen that these Mayan Calendar is a “Long count”! There is only one thing i can advise: “BE PREPARED!”…Whatever belief each one of us have,JUST PRAY AND REPENT!
    There are only one reason why the world expert can´t announce why there´s something “might happen?”…To avoid Worldwide panic,magkakagulo if all are caught unprepared?…Let me say,walang mangyayari which is the reality,BUT pwedeng may isang “Kampon ng Kadiliman” na bigla na lang mag-isip ng masama…

  • $37644997

    The Mayans have predicted their own downfall.The end of the world happened once before some thirty thousand years ago.The ancient civilization of Lemuria,remnants can still be found in the middle of the atlantic ocean.The dry land that we all live today were once the seas and the oceans.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WT5ZX5O7ZBC6Z3LXFA4UIQZC3I emajega

    buti pa ang mga Catholic may mga sariling paring scientists na tumutulong sa pag eexplore ng science. Di tulad sa ibang sekta puro bible, mali naman mag interpret. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

    Being one of the richest institutions on the planet, I am sure that the RC church also recruited several astronomers in the middle ages when they insisted that the earth was flat and was the centre of the universe for hundreds of years.

    Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation, so that belief can be preserved.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      Fyi, there are many priests-scientists in the Church.

      (there are many priests who have careers in the different fields of studies, specializations, before they became priests like the case of the noted constitionalist fr. bernas..there are nuns who are medical doctors, engineers, scientists, etc. There are congregations like spc sisters of st. paul college/university who doesn’t accept novices who have not yet earned college degrees)

      The Catholic Church has produced many scientists and had many priests-scientists like fr. gregor mendel…(pag ilagay natin dito marami sila especially during the time of medieval period where you can find the golden age of education)

      Remember, Fr. Georges Lemaitre,  a Belgian mathematician and Catholic priest who developed the theory of the Big Bang.

      Remember, the Catholic Church, whether u like or not, run many of the best colleges and universities in the world through Her different religious orders and congregations..

      In the Philippines, Ateneo had the Manila Observatory..

      During my childhood days, we had a priest-astronomer, fr. arthur f. shea, sj.

      read read read history…research research research dre…

      • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

        i wonder why the RC church denied the earth was not flat, nor the centre of the universe for HUNDREDS of years and killed anyone denying it then?
        there are also many many priests who are paedophiles and corrupt, but this is hidden from you, of course.

        yes, i know the RC church sponsors schools, mainly for their own propaganda reasons. It encourages people to be poor and honest, but behind the scenes it is a mega rich institution that considers itself above the law and refuses to believe any science that curtails it’s own power, e.g Darwin’s theory.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        That is a LIE coming from an anti-catholic like u? protestants pastors have many pedophiles compared with the RC…again, the Church did not condone such act…

        Mega rich institution? hahaha..do u know that the pope has no bank account..no atm, etc? kung pumanaw mn yang mga kaparian o khit sinong mga cardinals na yan wla silang makukuha sa Inang Simbahan na ari arian kasi hindi sa knila iyon…hindi tulad sa inyo na nakarehistro na sa pangalan ng founders at kamag anak….

        Uunahan na kita dre kasi nakikita ko na kung ano ang nasa isipan ng mga tulad nyong kulto…

        who told u that the church said the earth is flat? because u got that tsismis why galileo was brought to death because of his heretical views?

        show to me ur proof? at least a reliable source of history…not wikipedia…

      • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

        I am sure that you are 100% certain already.
        non religious people are always open, if proof of religion appered, i would be the first to shout halleleujah, but you are 100% certain, i am sure.
        this is my last post

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        again, who told u that non religious people are always open,  if proof of religion appered,…?

        galing nyo nmn dre…ano tingin nyo sa amin? ang tingin nyo agad kapag religious ang tao sarado na ang isip namin if proof of religion appeared gaya ng sinabi nyo???? at pahabol kinikilabutan ako kapag sasabihin ko na religious ako… nakakatawa ka nmn…

        I am not a blind- follower of Inang Simbahan…I do have, at least another degree in philosophy despite my interest in business and humanities…na malayo sa career ko ngaun…

        I simply point out to you that please stop from showing distorted facts and history…

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        philo from what school???

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z2GBJ7WJRPXK2V5L253IHB7SOU Infinity

    my mga scientists nga, mali dn nman..

  • reader43

    Doomsday may be different than what you think :

    Will the earth and humankind be destroyed? “The righteous shall inherit the land,
    and live in it forever. (Psalm 37:29 WEB) ”

    Who stays, who goes? – “Righteous people—people of integrity—will live in this land of ours. But God will snatch the wicked from the land and pull sinners out of it like plants from the ground. (Proverbs 2:21, 22 GNTD)”

    Was there a similar event before? – ” God did not spare the ancient world, but brought the flood on the world of godless people; the only ones he saved were Noah, who preached righteousness, and seven other people. God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying them with fire, and made them an example of what will happen to the godless. (2 Peter 2:5, 6 GNTD)

    Can we know the date it will come? – ” But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:36-39 KJV)

    What shows that it is imminent? – ” Remember that there will be difficult times in the last days. People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited; they will be insulting, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, and irreligious; they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent, and fierce; they will hate the good; they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God; they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power… (2 Timothy 3:1-5 GNTD)

    What does the future promises to humankind? – ” He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever. (REVELATION 21:4 CEV)

    The Bible assures us that humankind is not doomed. There is a bright future awaiting. it will be glorious beyond our comprehension. We should be can be confident about it, because its a promise from God who could not lie. (Titus 1:2)

    • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

      Basing your life and philosophy on an old book found by primitive desert tribesmen thousands of years ago is a BIG mistake. Organised religion is about crowd control, there is no Mr Beardy in the sky pressing buttons.
      It is probably all Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus fantasies, but I am sure that you are 100% certain

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Vatican Observatory. Hmmm.
    I wonder what kind of telescope they use there.
    I heard that like Noah, the cardinals use pigeons, not email, to send messages.
    They say it’s more secure with a touch of life.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      u anti-catholic? dre, remember, the Catholic Church has produced many scientists and had many priests-scientists like fr. gregor mendel…

      Remember, Fr. Georges Lemaitre,  a Belgian mathematician and Catholic priest who developed the theory of the Big Bang.

      Remember, the Catholic Church, whether u like or not, run many of the best colleges and universities in the world through Her different religious orders and congregations..

      In the Philippines, Ateneo had the Manila Observatory..

      read read read history…research research research dre…

      • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

        The people you mention succeeded despite the backward looking religious institutions, not because of it.
        science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation, so that belief can be preserved.
        The RC church would have killed anyone who suggested the earth was not flat or not the centre of the universe for hundreds of years. You can bet hundreds of scientists brave enough were killed

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        that is a LIE coming from ur distorted facts and history…

        why, you want to bring your stupid argument on inquisition? where you are fed by wrong history of inquisition? 

        Do you know that Galileo was absolved by the Inquisition office of all the ACCUSATIONS against him and DIED on natural death?

        Galileo was bed-ridden due to age and sickness…

        If you are powerful enough to enter the Vatican library and museum you can get a copy of the original letter of Galileo which he answered all the accusations against him…

        Do you know and understand what inquisition means? and why there was such…

      • http://twitter.com/Sizzle75Ian ian martinez

        I think you have misread my post about killing of anyone going against RC astronomical edicts. some pope dictated that the earth was flat and that was the law now as long as they could cling on to the nonsense. It was the same about the Turin Shroud and Buddhas fingernails, it is denial of observation so that belief can be preserved. Nothing in the history of human race has ever been shown to be magical, all religious artifacts have been shown to be based on lies, like religion itself. it is all designed to perpetuate faith and nothing else.

        Nearly all atronomers are NOT religious, looking at an infinite universe makes you question what you are told to believe, not to blindly follow fantasies.

        Yes i know the inquisition in Spain, what has that got to with astronomy? Inquisition was mainly a backlash against Islamic occupation of Spain. But ALL religions were like that in primitive times, believe in our religion OR die.

        Saying other peoples’s arguments are “distorted”, stupid” and “LIES” is the same mentality as the inquisition, “FYI”

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        i do understand what u meant dre..let’s put thing straight… u have distorted facts and invented history…

        who told u that inquisition in Spain mainly a backlash against Islamic occupation of Spain???

        Funny…another invention of history…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

        nag edit kau ng thoughts nyo rine..hindi ng edit kau kc redundant ung words na ginamit nyo…

        ( ito ay dagdag nyo sa paunang pinost nyo) I quote Yes i know the inquisition in Spain, what has that got to with astronomy?and end of quote….Inquisition was mainly a backlash against Islamic occupation of Spain. But ALL religions were like that in primitive times, believe in our religion OR die. and end of qoute

        next time i quote ko na agad ung post nyo bago ako magbigay ng kuru kuro ko para d nyo mabago after mabasa ninyo ang reply sa inyo…

  • joboni96

    ‘Maya didn’t say much about what would happen next’

    gauging from the former 13 baktuns
    another baktun will start again

    iba ang version ng vatican
    sa end of the world

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    browse this…w w w endoftheworldcounter com

  • Wagner

    the end of the world is not about astronomy, but ending our old ways of thinking, killing off our need to kill animals, murdering thoughts of destroying our world ourselves. the only obvious factor that will end the world are people. the vatican is a business, god is the perfect product, the end of the church needs to come now!



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