An exorcist in Italy is raising eyebrows due to a number of worrisome statements in which he mused that the world is coming to an end.
A frequent speaker on the nature of evil and the devil, Don Antonio Mattatelli recently responded to inquiries about an earthquake which rocked his home country as well as the powerful hurricanes which hit the United States.
In an interview with an Italian radio program, the exorcist did not mince words, musing that "all natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, demonstrate that the end of the world is coming."
Although such events have taken place in the past, Mattatelli pointed to the 'power and persistence' of nature disasters in modern times as an indication that the proverbial end is near.
Fortunately, he assured concerned listeners, "it will not be the end of the world, in general, but of this world, yes."
As to what the 'next world' may be, Mattatelli did not say, but did share an unsettling analysis of North Korea's leader which could spell trouble in the future.
"Behind Kim Jong-Un is surely Satan," he declared, "in North Korea all are forbidden religion and there is only the idolatry of the leader who has replaced God."
But things may not be quite that dire as he indicated that some kind of 'remote exorcism' could be held to unbind the unhinged dictator from the spell of Satan.
Whether Mattatelli will be the man to perform what sounds like a rather elaborate and challenging endeavor remains to be seen, but if we suddenly see a change in attitude from the North Korean leader, perhaps we'll know why.