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Of Course I Covered “I Lied” O’Brien Becoming First Cardinal To Resign Since 1927.

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You Can Find A Cardinalabili List For Pope Francis’ February 2015 Consistory On My Other Blog.

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“Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” Now Available In Paperback.

 

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access Amazon listing for “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia”.

I am old fashioned when it comes to books. As such I like to see my book in print even though I fully appreciate that the market for printed books is in decline. Thanks to Amazon’s “CreateSpace” (and others of its ilk) getting a title for ‘Print on Demand‘ costs nothing — if you do all the work (which I do). So as soon as I had the Kindle version published (along with three updates) I started working on the print version.

I wrote both the “Pope John: 101 Facts & Trivia” and “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” in print format rather than the free-flow, ‘no-formatting-to-speak-of’ form required by Kindle eBooks. I like tightly formatted books and as such writing in print format is more satisfying to me. And that is what counts. So once the book is finished I have to create the Kindle version by copying and pasting my formatted version into a freeflow document. To me that is easier than the other way around — i.e., adding formatting to the freeflow version.

So after the Kindle I am 80% there in terms of the print version BAR the index! I now have a semi-automated method for creating my ‘Partial Index’. I use the very powerful search capability of Adobe Acrobat to find all the occurrences of the terms I want to include in the ‘Partial Index’. But it still takes me about two days to get the index done.

I had the Kindle version up on Amazon on Wednesday night, September 17, 2014 — ahead of the Scottish referendum. Had the print version ready Saturday night — ahead of us going to the Highland Games, in Loon, on Sunday. Given that this is the 10th book I have published through CreateSpace I have learned that it just does not pay to submit your book for THEIR ‘Print Review’ over a weekend! Yes, they work 24 x 7 BUT invariably they have their “C-team” working over the weekends — and I also suspect that they get a lot of books submitted for review over weekends. I have found that the best time for getting a “CLEAN” print-review is Monday nights. So I submitted the book Monday afternoon. Yesterday, Tuesday morning, I had the Green Light. And bingo.

It was on Amazon within an hour of me approving the digital proof. That is quick. Then late last night I send a quick “please/thank you” note to Kindle asking them to link the titles — because I don’t have the patience to wait for the 72-hours or so it takes for this to happen if it is done automatically. Kindle is good to me. They linked it … by this morning … and send me a ‘smile’ e-mail saying ‘done’.

So that is where we are. The Kindle book has already sold a few copies. That is nice. I am happy. Now for the next book — though I am TRYING to FORCE myself into giving myself a couple of days break before starting. It is hard. I have to write. It is an addiction.


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

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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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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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.

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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. 


List of Retirement Pending Cardinals

At companion blogpopes-and-papacy‘ — May 25, 2012 post.

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Chinese Cardinal Priest Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, S.D.B. Turns 80; College Continues At 192, Electors Down To 107

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On Friday, January 13, 2012, Chinese Cardinal Priest Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, S.D.B. (Salesian), turned 80 and thus ceased to be a cardinal elector.

He was the Bishop of Hong Kong from September 2002 until April 2009, when, at 77, he retired per the nominal ’75-year’ retirement requirement in Canon 401 of the 1983 Code. He was created a cardinal priest in March 2006. In October 2011 he was in the news when he said he would go on a 72-hour hunger strike to protest the rigidness of the Chinese Education Ordinance that permits ‘outsiders’ [e.g., parents, teachers and past students] to participate in the management committees of Catholic schools.

Currently he is the only cardinal from China, though a new one will be created in February.

He becomes the second cardinal to age out in 2012. He is the last cardinal to age out prior to the February 18, 2012 cardinal creating consistory that will create 22 new cardinals.

The College continues 192, but the electors are now down to 107.

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As of January 13, 2012, there are 107 cardinal electors with 85 no longer able to participate in a conclave.
[The electors represent 56% of cardinals.]

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The College as of December 11, 2011 has been at 192.


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Summary of Major Changes in the Last 12 Months

January 13, 2012: 80-Year old Chinese Cardinal Priest Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, S.D.B. ceased to be a cardinal elector.
** College continues at 192, electors down to 107 **

January 6, 2012: 80-Year old Portuguese Cardinal Bishop José Saraiva Martins, C.M.F. ceased to be a cardinal elector.
** College continues at 192, electors down to 108 **

January 5, 2012: 76-Year old Italian Cardinal Deacon Fortunato Baldelli retires as Major Penitentiary.
** College continues at 192, electors continue at 109 **

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Refer to this post for changes in 2010 and 2009.