The Italian Almanac

Nostradamus

Italian Legends - April 7

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 Catholic Church, according to an interpretation of Nostradamus's prophecies. "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."

According to the prophecy, the pope will base himself in Avignon, France and another pontiff will take control in Italy, splitting the Catholic church in two.

Avignon was a base for popes for much of the 14th century, another time of grave divisions in the church and Europe. Nostradamus was a 16th century scholar who made prophecies.