Pope St John Paul II had a prophetic vision of an “Islamist invasion” of Europe, a former confidant has claimed.

Mgr Mauro Longhi, who often accompanied the former pope on hiking trips, said St John Paul was a mystic who “dialogued” with Our Lady and had prophetic visions.

He made the remarks during a lecture at the Hermitage of Saints Peter and Paul in Bienno, northern Italy, which was posted on YouTube.

During a meeting in 1992, Mgr Longhi says, St John Paul told of a disturbing vision he had had about the future of Europe.

“The Pope told me: ‘Tell this to those whom you will meet in the Church of the third millennium. I see the Church afflicted by a mortal wound. More profound, more painful than those of this millennium,’ referring to communism and Nazi totalitarianism.

‘It is called Islamism. They will invade Europe. I have seen the hordes come from the West to the East,’ and he then told to me each country one by one: from Morocco to Libya to Egypt, and so on till the East.

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