A papal astronomer gave his reassurances that the world will not end Dec. 21, 2012.
While the universe eventually will come to a “cold and dark” demise billions of years from now, Christians know that God is always with his creation and welcomes everyone to eternal life, said Jesuit Father Jose Funes, the head of the Vatican Observatory.
The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, published the priest-astronomer’s article Dec. 12 under the headline “The end that won’t come – at least for now.”
He said the claims that the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar Dec. 21 marks the end of the world were “irrational.”
Science offers more probable scenarios than do pseudo prophesies.
Discoveries suggest the 14-billion-year-old universe is in constant expansion.
If that “inflation” model is correct, and it’s based on solid findings, he said, the universe will “rip apart” billions of years from now.