Category Archives: Popes

World Has Not Seen A Pope Younger Than 70 Since May 1990.

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Original ‘Minimum Age To Be Pope’ post (from 2009)


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John Paul II on May 16, 1990 — 2 days ahead of his 70th birthday.

May 18, 1990, John Paul II turned 70.

We have not seen a pope younger than 70 since then. That is 25 years. A whole generation. In the scheme of things we have been here before, e.g., Pius IX’s reign.

But it is interesting that there is a resurgence of interest in a young pope. That might not happen anytime soon. The trend seems to be with electing cardinals who are over 75.

Food for thought.


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Catholic Statistics For U.S. & Cuba Provided By Vatican For Pope Francis Visit

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Pope Francis’ Visit To The U.S.A. — THE BOOK.

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Some Related Posts (click to access):
* Trip ‘coordinator’ indicted.
* Coming U.S. via Cuba.
* Peace with nuns, riles Cubans.
* Visits by popes to the U.S.
* Prior Pope – U.S. President Meetings.

Francis says the darnest things 


Available from Amazon (worldwide) as an eBook or Paperback.

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It is the definitive insider’s guide to Pope Francis’ visit to Washington D.C, New York City and Philadelphia in September 2015. Check it out. Amazon has the descriptive blurbs so I won’t regurgitate them here.

Did a lot of research for this book and that, as with some of my other pope books (e.g., Popes and the Tale of their Names), is what sets it apart. Lots of information that is not common knowledge. I enjoy the research! This book, like so many of my others, was basically an excuse for me to do the research. I don’t see a point of doing research if you don’t share it with folks.

This, in the end, proved to be a long book. 170 pages, 7″ x 10″, in paperback form and 213 pages as an eBook.

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So YOU Think YOU Know YOUR Papal History?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> “John XXIII”: 4 star review by ‘Vine Voice’
>> “John XXIII”: #12 for Church Leaders
>> Just approved paperback version
>> “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia Book”
>> “John XXIII”: Gilford Library

++++ Check Category “Books” for more posts >>>>


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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.

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


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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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Pope Francis’ First 100 Days.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I Did Not Overlook Bl. John XXIII’s (#262) 50th Death Anniversary.

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Click to access post at my 'NHLife' blog. Thanks.
Click to access post at my ‘NHLife’ blog. Thanks.