by Anura Guruge
Some of the Past Posts:
1/ Benedict overtaking John Paul II — Sept. 14, 2011.
2/ Continues as 7th oldest since 1400 — Apr. 12, 2011.
3/ Oldest popes when elected — June 18, 2010.
4/ Benedict’s Rapid rise through the longevity ranks — December 15, 2011.
and lets not forget the Benedict XVI becoming ‘n’ oldest Countdown Clock implemented here (→ →) as of September 15, 2011.
That the pope, Benedict XVI (#266), will on Thursday, March 1, 2012, become the sixth (6th) oldest pope, as of 1400, vaulting over his old friend John Paul II (#265), is but old (white) hat to the cognoscenti on this blog.
If nothing else we have had a countdown clock to this for the last 5 months. I first reported on the 6th oldest, as of 1400 (of course), in July 2010. So, the sixth oldest no longer interests me. I have moved on. I have the dates even for the fourth (4th) oldest.
Yes, come next week there will be some fanfare and many, especially the Roman media, will get it wrong as they already have, and say the poor pope is the oldest ever! That is not really a compliment. Just makes him look (and probably feel) old.
250 days from today, or 244 days from March 1, 2012, when he becomes 6th oldest (since) 1400, Benedict will have been on earth for 31,245 days and thus will overtake Innocent XII (#243) to become the 5th oldest — since 1400.
I, unlike some, have absolutely no doubt that Benedict will be around see the end of 2012. No conclave this year.