…by Anura Guruge
Benedict XVI will be 5th oldest pope, since 1400, on October 31, 2012 – Feb. 24, 2012.
Benedict XVI oldest pope to travel abroad – Mar. 26, 2012.
Benedict XVI on September 8, 2012 will surpass length of Benedict XV’s (#259) pontificate – Apr. 7, 2012.
Pope Benedict XVI’s rapid rise through the longevity ranks – Dec. 15, 2011.
Benedict XVI on March 1, 2012, 6th oldest as of 1400, by the numbers – Feb. 29, 2012.
Monday, April 16, 2012, is the pope’s birthday. He will turn 85. It is a landmark birthday by any standard and much of the world will be wishing the pope a very happy birthday and many happy returns. The pope, however, will not be breaking any new age related records on this birthday. He will continue to be the 6th oldest, as of 1400, a goal he achieved 46-days ago, until October 31, 2012 when he will become the 5th oldest as of 1400. [Check the countdown clock to that event on the sidebar –> –>].
Three days later, on April 19, 2012, he will celebrate 7 years as pope.
The average length of the 265 papacies prior to this pope was 7.19 years. So, he is getting close to that average — reaching it towards the end of July, 2012.
The average, however, is not the same as the median for those 265 papacies; the median is 5.5 years. So, in terms of length, this pope has reigned for longer than half of his predecessors. Actually Benedict XVI seven-year papacies is longer than 149 of the prior papacies. It is the 117th longest. Over the following months he will steadily overtake other popes as this table shows. Enjoy.
The following two graphs shows the length of Benedict XVI’s seven-year papacy relative to the lengths of the other papacies.