Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981, proclaimed the world will end this century as he was released from prison in Turkey.
Agca has declared himself to be the second Messiah and harbinger of humanity's doom.
In a typically bizarre statement distributed on his release from a high-security prison near Ankara he said: "I proclaim the end of the world. All the world will be destroyed in this century. Every human being will die in this century.
"The Gospel is full of mistakes. I will write the perfect Gospel."
The 52-year-old Turk signed his name as "The Christ eternal" on the document which was attached to a picture of him shaking hands with John Paul II when they met 26 years ago to be reconciled.