Ironically, the book, Trial, Tribulation and Triumph (rush out and buy it, folks) that Aviso has condemned (unread I suspect) appears to support a great deal of what he says that has been 'allowed' to tell us (according to Jon's summary). The writer of the book concludes, from the examination and cross checking of hundreds of prophecies from Church Fathers, saints and beati over the past 2 millenia that: 1. The minor tribulation/chastisement will commence with civil wars in Italy and France which will be followed by general mayhem in Europe followed by an invasion from Russia and some Islamic nations. 2. There will be famines and disease as a result of the fighting. 3. There will be an increase in natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.) 4. One side in the French civil war will slaughter priests and outlaw the Church in the areas of the country that they control. 5. The civil war in England will be particularly vicious and ultimately the French will intervene when their own has ended. 6. The Pope of the time and several cardinals will leave Rome but be found and murdered very cruelly. 7. Towards the end of the chastisement, a new Pope will be elected, a very holy man. He will mediate in the French strife and the French will accept the appointment of 'The Great King' (a member of the French Royal family) to lead the fight against the Russians. 8. The 'Great King' will win against all the odds by the direct intervention of God. This intervention will result in many accepting Catholicism and many combatants changing sides. 9 There is final victory over the Russians and Muslims after about 4 years from the start of the strife. 10. Sometime after this victory comes the three days of darkness. These events have been prophesied by so many saints and mystics that I believe we ought to treat them seriously and not dismiss them without consideration. We shall see.