Mar 292012
 

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


The explosive growth of the College of Cardinals as of 1958 when Bl. John XXIII (#262) opted to brush aside the 70-limit established by Sixtus V (#228) in 1586 has been talked about often on these pages. Here is the latest pertinent post, from January 2,2012 — with the accompanying graph of the near vertical climb in the size of the College.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working off-an-on, a few minutes at a time, documenting which popes were created which popes. In order to do this, I scour all of the consistories in order. So, as I am doing this I get a chance to collect a bunch of other consistory and cardinal creating data, including in pectore statistics. So far, I have gone back as far as 1700. Some of the cardinal creating numbers were striking.

There really has been a cardinal creating frenzy as of John XXIII. The key metric, of my creation, that I now use to accurately and impartially measure the rate at which a pope creates cardinals is the: ‘number of cardinals per months as pope’; i.e., number of cardinal created divided by the length of the pope’s reign. This metric has been published in my consistory data going back to St. Pius X (#258).

I have noted that Benedict XVI (#266) leads the pack per this metric. Right now it is very easy to work out this metric for the current pope. On April 19, 2012 he would have been pope for 7 years. That is 84 months. He, to date, has created 84 cardinals. So, in April, his ‘cardinals/month of office’ is 1.00. Yes, that will go down each month … In August 2012, if he hasn’t created any new cardinals, his metric will be down to 0.95 — the same as that for John XXIII, who really was in a hurry to create as many of ‘his’ cardinals as possible, given that he knew, soon after becoming pope, that he didn’t have that long to live.


So here is the first chart. Number of cardinals created per months as pope:

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Here is the number of cardinals created per consistory. The Pius XII (#261) is an anomaly in that, insecure as ever, he only held two consistories during his 19.6 years as pope. Plus, he had waited 6.9 years since becoming pope to hold his first. So, he was forced to replenish large numbers. But, Pius XII aside, the number of cardinals/consistory used to be small. Nothing like it is of late.

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Since they only created a few cardinals per consistory (in part to stay below the then sacrosanct 70 limit), (small) consistories used to be held on a much more frequent basis, sometimes even two or more a year. Consistories were not the big gala media extravaganzas that they are now. Maybe there is a message here, one that I have advocated for long.

Mar 292012
 

This is from the same video posted last night.

Two things you should notice on this video.

1/ Pope looks small. It is probably the age thing. But, he is the shortest person in the crowd. Cross check with this video from March 23, 2012 of the pope at Rome’s airport before leaving on his trip to Mexico and Cuba. Again everybody around him towers over the pope.

2/ Lord Bertone, in this clip, cuts a dashing figure. So ‘presidential’. I can’t help but think what a GREAT pope he would make. Yes, he is my #1 papabile for 2012 — though I don’t think he will get a chance. There will be no conclave in 2012.

Click video to see Lord Bertone looking super impressive; ~1:40 mark.

Mar 282012
 

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

……by Anura Guruge


John Paul II, the most prolific of the cardinal creators, having created 231 cardinals at the rate of 0.79 cardinal per each month of his 317 month reign (25.7 years), has yet to have ‘created’ a pope. Yes, that may change come the next conclave.

Paul VI, on the other hand, though he created 88 less cardinals, has the distinction of having ‘created’ three (3) popes.

That is indeed a rare distinction. No other pope has done it in the last 2oo years.

I am populating an Excel with which pope ‘created’ which pope going back to 769. In the process I am also capturing a lot of other data including in pectore stats. Yes, I will publish these results when I am done.

Mar 272012
 

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


Related prior posts:
1/ Adult Stem Cell International Conference At The Vatican (With NeoStem (NBS)) — Nov. 09, 2011.
2/ What Is The Vatican/Pope Up To With Stem Cell Company NBS — Oct. 24, 2011.
3/ The Pope And Stem Cell Research — Oct. 23, 2011.


Ever since the story came out last October that the Vatican had invested US $1 Million in an Adult Stem Cell research company I had an uneasy feeling that the Vatican had been duped. [See above links.] Getting involved in any stem cell research initiative was playing with fire — and fire that the Vatican had no control over. It was, to me, akin to the Vatican investing in a company that made chastity belts in an effort to forestall the use of contraception. Well as was to be expected things are backfiring. Here are two good articles on the subject. [P.S., Neostem is at around US 59 cents. 1/3 of what it was when the Vatican invested.]

Click image to access article.

Click image to access article.

Mar 272012
 
Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Mexico and Cuba March 2012

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


1/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Sets Off For Mexico – a 14 Hour Non-Stop Flight — March 23, 2012 post.
2/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Uses Cane At Airport En Route To Mexico — March 23, 2012 post.
3/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Lands In Mexico. No Cane. Looks Rested. Oldest Pope Ever To Step Foot In The Americas. The Video — March 23, 2012 post.
4/ The ‘Christ The King’ Statue In Mexico That Both Popes Wanted To See — March 25, 2012 post.
5/Pope Benedict XVI (#266), In Guanajuato, Mexico, Emulates John Paul II (#265) By Donning A Sombrero — March 26, 2012 post.
6/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) in Cuba Today, Will Bless and Donate a Golden Rose to the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Santiago — March 26, 2012 post.
7/Pope Benedict XVI (#266) To Illuminate Cristo de El Cubilete (Christ the King) Monument — March 26, 2012 post.


 pope arriving in Cuba

Click image to access YouTube video of the pope arriving in Cuba

Click image to access the ‘Rome Reports’ video
Mar 262012
 

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

   by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Benedict XVI Lands In Mexico. No Cane. Oldest Pope Ever To Step Foot In The Americas — March 23, 2012.
2/ 
Pope Benedict XVI OLDEST Pope To Travel Abroad (since 1400) and A Few ‘All Time’ Records March 02, 2012.
3/
Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Rapid Rise Through The Longevity Ranks — December 15, 2011.
4/ Benedict XVI (#266) on March 1, 2012, 6th Oldest as of 1400, by the Numbers — February 29, 2012.


Oldest pope to travel go abroad by Anura Guruge

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Pope Benedict XVI (#266), indubitably, is the oldest pope,
since 1400, to travel abroad.
Period.

It is also safe to say (and check this list for Pope Benedict’s travels 2005 to 2011):

……..1. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Spain. [August 2011 trip.]

……..2. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Portugal. [May 2010 trip.]

……..3. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Britain. [September 2010 trip.]

……..4. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to the Americas. [March 2012 trip to Mexico and Cuba.]

……..5. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to the U.S.A. [April 2008 trip.]

……..6. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to the Brazil. [May 2007 trip.]

………7. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to the Mexico. [March 2012 trip.]

………8. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to the Cuba. [March 2012 trip.]

………9. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Africa. [November 2011 trip to Benin.]

…….10. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Cameroon. [March 2009 trip.]

…….11. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Angola. [March 2009 trip.]

…….12. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Benin. [November 2011 trip.]

…….13. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Oceania. [July 2008 trip to Australia.]

…….14. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Australia. [July 2008 trip.]

…….15. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to VaticanAsia‘. [May 2009 trip to Israel & Jordan.]

…….16. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to the Holy Land. [May 2009 trip to Israel.]

…….17. Benedict XVI OLDEST pope, ever, to travel to Jordan. [May 2009 trip.]


It is probably safe to say:

………1/ Benedict XVI oldest pope, ever, to travel to Malta. [April 2010 trip.]

………2/ Benedict XVI oldest pope, ever, to travel to Cyprus. [June 2010 trip.]


Benedict XVI is NOT the oldest to have traveled to Poland. Guess who holds that record.

Still can’t be 100% sure about Germany, France and Constantinople (Turkey). Because of the later I am not sure whether I am comfortable saying Benedict is the oldest, ever, to have traveled outside of Europe. He most likely was. But, I can’t confirm that, as yet.

Mar 262012
 
Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Mexico and Cuba March 2012

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


1/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Sets Off For Mexico – a 14 Hour Non-Stop Flight — March 23, 2012 post.
2/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Uses Cane At Airport En Route To Mexico — March 23, 2012 post.
3/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Lands In Mexico. No Cane. Looks Rested. Oldest Pope Ever To Step Foot In The Americas. The Video — March 23, 2012 post.
4/ The ‘Christ The King’ Statue In Mexico That Both Popes Wanted To See — March 25, 2012 post.
5/Pope Benedict XVI (#266), In Guanajuato, Mexico, Emulates John Paul II (#265) By Donning A Sombrero — March 26, 2012 post.
6/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) in Cuba Today, Will Bless and Donate a Golden Rose to the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Santiago — March 26, 2012 post.


Reminiscent of what he did on December 7, 2011, when he lit up the world’s largest Christmas tree with a tap on a Sony Tablet S, the pope was supposed to light-up the Cristo de El Cubilete (Christ King of the Mountain of El Cubilete) statue from his temporary residence in Leon last night. I can’t find any reports that he did so, but I assume that it took place. I am curious whether he again used an Android tablet [e.g., Sony] or whether Apple managed to ‘convince’ the Vatican to go back to using an iPad.

I did, however, find this Rome Reports video of the pope flying over the Cristo de El Cubilet monument in a Superpuma helicopter.

Click image to access the 'Rome Reports' video

Mar 262012
 
Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Mexico and Cuba March 2012

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


1/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Sets Off For Mexico – a 14 Hour Non-Stop Flight — March 23, 2012 post.
2/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Uses Cane At Airport En Route To Mexico — March 23, 2012 post.
3/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Lands In Mexico. No Cane. Looks Rested. Oldest Pope Ever To Step Foot In The Americas. The Video — March 23, 2012 post.
4/ The ‘Christ The King’ Statue In Mexico That Both Popes Wanted To See — March 25, 2012 post.
5/Pope Benedict XVI (#266), In Guanajuato, Mexico, Emulates John Paul II (#265) By Donning A Sombrero — March 26, 2012 post.


This post (with its links) has all the background, most of it directly from the Vatican, that you will ever need to savor this event.

Pope Benedict with a Golden Rose

Pope Benedict with a Golden Rose from 'acatholiclife.blogspot.com'

Mar 262012
 
Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Mexico and Cuba March 2012

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


1/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Sets Off For Mexico – a 14 Hour Non-Stop Flight — March 23, 2012 post.
2/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Uses Cane At Airport En Route To Mexico — March 23, 2012 post.
3/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Lands In Mexico. No Cane. Looks Rested. Oldest Pope Ever To Step Foot In The Americas. The Video — March 23, 2012 post.
4/ The ‘Christ The King’ Statue In Mexico That Both Popes Wanted To See — March 25, 2012 post.


This took place this morning on the way to the Mass at Silao’s Parque Bicentenario (Bicentennial Park) below Cerro del Cubilete.

John Paul II in a blue sombrero during his flight to Mexico in 1999. Click here. John Paul II in a sombrero in St. Peter’s Square, Rome, in 1979. Click here

Click image to access YouTube video.

Mar 252012
 
Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Mexico and Cuba March 2012

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Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.
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by Anura Guruge


1/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Sets Off For Mexico – a 14 Hour Non-Stop Flight — March 23, 2012 post.
2/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Uses Cane At Airport En Route To Mexico — March 23, 2012 post.
3/ Pope Benedict XVI (#266) Lands In Mexico. No Cane. Looks Rested. Oldest Pope Ever To Step Foot In The Americas. The Video — March 23, 2012 post.


This is the 67′ bronze Cristo de El Cubilete (Christ King of the Mountain of El Cubilete) statue atop the 8,461′ hill known as Cerro del Cubilete (Dice Cup Hill) in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Silao’s Parque Bicentenario (Bicentennial Park) sits below this hill. This where the pope, her his schedule, celebrated Mass on Sunday, March 25, 2012, in front of about 350,000 people.

The Cristo de El Cubilete monument commemorates the 1926 – 1929 Catholic uprising against the Mexican government and its then anti-religious laws that prohibited public Masses. The statue was completed in 1944. The Vatican has stated that John Paul II (#265) was always eager to see this statue but never got a chance! That seems strange given that he visited Mexico five times. He could have always done what Benedict XVI (#266) did today — fly by the statue in a government provided helicopter – in today’s case a Mexican military Superpuma.

Cristo Rey del Cubilete from mygreatestandfinest.blogspot.com. Click to read post.

Superpuma from airport-data.com. See copyright notice.

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