So YOU Think YOU Know YOUR Papal History?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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This is a different, unusual, “Guruge-special” look at certain aspects of papal history.

There has been so much written and said about the current pope, Francis (#267), but do you know:

— who owned the Fisherman’s Ring that he now wears
(and NO, it was not a prior pope)?

— what pet he had when he was a seminarian in his twenties?
— where he stayed in Rome ahead of attending the conclave
that elected him pope?

— the ailment, other than his lung ‘problem’, that has afflicted
him since his youth?

— the ‘rubber band’ story that would make Gandhi smile?

OK. So that is the kind of slant this book takes, the obscure, unexplored and stuff that requires computer-aided analytics (my forte).

So some other examples:

— what was the very first Canon approved by an Ecumenical Council
(and it will blow you away)?

— who was the first pope, as pope, to attend an Ecumenical Council?
— what is the, unequivocally, the first recorded date in papal history?
— who was the recent pope born on Holy Saturday?
— what conclave had the youngest electorate?
— when was the last time a cardinal died within a conclave?

101 Q&As in total and at least 202, probably close to 300, nuggets of information as I tried, as I did in my prior two ‘101: Facts & Trivia‘ books, to include two, if not more, nuggets of data in each bullet.

This is a book that has been rattling in my head ever since I started doing papal research, in earnest, eight years ago. There is so much depth and breadth, not to mention the sheer volume, when it comes to papal history. I typically can’t go more than 30-minutes at a time when I am crunching through my research without going ‘Wow, fancy that’ or ‘I wonder …’. This book is the result of just ‘101’ of those ‘fancy that’ and ‘I wonder’ moments. [I had started a '1,001' version of this but realized that that was even too ambitious by my standards.] In my mind I already have some of “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia Vol. II” done. But, it has to wait. My plan is to write two ‘101’ books about sex next! Everybody tells me that sex sells and I know as much about sex, if not more, than I known of popes. Yes, I could write, without too much effort “Sex Lives of Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” — and I might still do that. But what I have in mind for the next two books will, I think, be more exciting. That said, I tried to sneak in a quick book on the ‘College of Cardinals’ while this book was being proofed. But the two friends, one a retired judge and the other a civil servant in D.C., were too quick for me. They turned it around in less than a week. But, I still got quite a bit done of that book too. Now the challenge is NOT to go back to that BUT to start on the sex books — as soon as I get the paperback version done.

Yep. It is never ending.

So, now for the inevitable demographics:
my 3rd ‘101: Facts & Trivia’ book.
my 9th book on popes.
my 2nd book, published, in 2014.

my 22nd book as the sole-author.

Fragment of the Excel spreadsheet I compiled while doing my research into the 21 Ecumenical Councils.
This was so much fun.
So much data that I was able to extract.

Click to ENLARGE.


Blessed Pope John XXIII Canonization (April 27, 2014) — Making Sure You Are Copacetic.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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>>Mar. 1, 2014.
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1/ What had Belgian Cardinal Léon Joseph Suenens to do with Pope John XXIII’s canonization process?

2/ Why would Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes get mentioned in the context of John XXIII’s canonization?

3/ What was the political dilemma faced by Paul VI (#263) when it came to initiating the canonization ’cause’ for John XXIII?

4/ Who were the postulators who handled the John XXIII canonization process?

5/ What religious order did they all belong to and what were the ‘special’ titles held by these postulators?

6/ Why did the postulators decide to put aside a John XXIII miracle reported from Chicago?

7/ Do you know the name of the nun who provided the miracle used for the canonization?

8/ What was the nun cured of and why is it ‘interesting’ relative to the pope, in the same way that the two John Paul II (#265) miracles pertain to that pope?

9/ Why did ‘they’ decide to forgo the second miracle when it came to the ‘Good Pope’?

10/ What will be Pope St. John XXIII’s feast day and what is unusual about it?

The definite, detailed answers to all of these can be found in Chapter 8 of “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia”.

“Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia” — Anura Guruge’s Latest Book. Check It Out.

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Click to access Amazon listing.
Click to access Amazon listing.


A ‘Twitter-age’, bullet-point biography of the ‘Good Pope’, still the most popular pope ever (Pope Francis notwithstanding), to mark his April 27, 2014 canonization.

It is a book for those that have always wanted to know more about this Pope, the one that convoked Vatican II, but had felt that they did not have the time to read one of the many traditional biographies of his life. This ‘101’ book is designed for the pell-mell lifestyle of the ‘Facebook age’. It is ideally suited to be read on mobile devices, in bits and pieces, in planes, trains, coffee shops and parks.

My second ‘101 Facts & Trivia’ book — the first having been about comets last year. This book differs from the comet book in that it is in ‘Q & A‘ format. Those that reviewed the book, as I was writing it, said that they liked this ‘interactivity’ since it made them feel more connected.

Click to ENLARGE. This is what the ‘Q & A’ style looks like.

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So this is what I have been doing for the last 5 months. Started on October 5, 2013. I was working on “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” when I thought of this book during my morning slog up Prospect Mountain Road. It was my ‘Road to Damascus’ moment. No, alas, there were no blinding lights nor did I fall on the ground — though there was a horse, watching me, nearby. I already knew a fair amount about this pope. But it was fun to do more research. I like this pope. He was a very likeable person. There hasn’t been a pope like him since — Francis but a pale imitation (who is trying his very best to emulate this one).

Check out the book. Amazon, as ever, provides their ‘Look Inside‘ feature.

I published it late last night, around 11:45 pm. Amazon had it up, fully listed and priced in 40 minutes. So I was able to see it ‘live’ before I went to bed. That was a bonus. 

Pope Francis In Brazil, For ‘World Youth Day’, Wears Gold Pallium Pins While Talking About Money As An ‘Idol’!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access Anura Guruge post at his NHLife, blog.
Click to access Anura Guruge post at his NHLife, blog.

Click to access 100 days post.

Pope Francis’ 100th day as pope was on Friday, June 21, 2013
— the Summer Solstice.

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“The Last 10 Conclaves: 2013 to 1903″ Now Available As A 124-Page Paperback For U.S. $4.70.


. by Anura Guruge

Related post:
Last 10 Posts …” as a $0.99 Kindle eBook — May 9, 2013.

For those who like me do not like eBooks.

This, as you would demand, has my trademark tight formatting and the well laid out tables.

Given the printing costs this is the cheapest that I can offer it at. 





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