Pope Francis has told Iranian President Rouhani that Biblical prophesies regarding the ‘end times’ are now being fulfilled, and that the world is in irreversible turmoil and will be ‘unrecognisable’ this time next year.
Responding to President Rouhani’s claim that the Mahdi is coming, Pope Francis confirmed that indeed he is, but that his name is Christ. The pope issued a call to action for Christians, Muslims and Jews to unite and prepare for the arrival. “All those of the Abrahamic faiths, now is the time for unity, for the end times are nigh.”
Multiple reports have emerged from the Vatican regarding Pope Francis and President Rouhani’s conversations while touring Vatican holy museums and churches. Considering it was the first time an Iranian leader has met with a pontiff since 1989, it was by all accounts a surprisingly agreeable meeting with both leaders addressing each other as though they were trusted old friends.
However the theme of the discussion was grim, with the pope warning of dark days in the very near future. “Tears were shed,” confirmed a Vatican eyewitness. “Both of them were struggling to hold it together at one point. They both know what is happening in the world. Pope Francis said we have entered the prophesised end times. Biblical prophecies are coming to pass.”
The leaders were followed by an Iranian delegation featuring Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and the Vatican’s secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher. Careful not to offend the Iranian President’s sensitivities, Vatican officials placed several classical era Roman nude statues out of sight when Mr Rouhani visited the museums.
President Rouhani said Iran had ‘always been on the front line in combatting terrorism’ and that had it not been for Iran’s role, ‘the situation would be very different.’
Since he became pope nearly three years ago, Francis has regularly spoken out against extremism and violence in the name of faith. He has also called for diplomacy in the Middle East and highlighted the impact the conflicts have had on the world.
He now believes the world has gone too far, dark forces have gained too much traction, and that the world will be ‘unrecognisable’ this time next year.