q.v. June 18, 2010 post ‘The oldest pope. Benedict XVI, the current pope, is the 8th oldest (as of 1400)’
Today, July 19, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI (#266) leapfrogs over Gregory XIII (#227) to become the 7th oldest pope — albeit as of 1400 (dates prior to that being too unreliable for meaningful comparisons).
When he turned 83 on April 16, 2010, just 3 days ahead of his 5th anniversary as pope, he became the 10th oldest pope (as of 1400).
But, the three popes that had died in their 83rd year did so fairly soon after that birthday, with Gregory XIII living the longest of the three at 83 years, 3 months and 3 days (total of 30,409 days).
As of July 19, 2010, the current pope, Benedict XVI is 30,410 days old.
Here is the latest chart, as of July 19, 2010:
As mentioned in my June 18, 2010 post, the pope is now in a berth that he is no doubt very comfortable and familiar with — right next to his long-term mentor and predecessor, John Paul II (#265).
Benedict will not overtake John Paul II until 2012, February 29, 2012 to be precise — a leap-year day no less. [Note that John Paul II lived exactly 31,000 days. Is that a coincidence?]
Given his current hearty constitution (despite the stresses he faces) and modern health care, it would appear that he would go even further, challenging the two popes who died in their 85th year. He would sail past Innocent XII (#243) at the end of October 2012. By the start of 2013 he could be in the 4th oldest spot. He could probably even aspire for the higher slots!
As this juncture, I was (as is my wont) curious whether there had been instances where successive popes ended up close to each other in terms of their final age.
There have been three instances, as of 1400:
1/ Pius VI (#251) and Pius VII (#252) — both when 81.
2/ Gregory XII (#206) and Innocent VII (#205) — both when 69.
3/ Leo XI (#233) and Paul V (#234) — the former at 69 and Paul at 68.
As discussed earlier, it is possible that the current, ever so familiar ‘adjacency’ between Benedict and John Paul will cease to be down the road … with Benedict enjoying prolonged longevity.
I will, if I am still around, keep on updating these numbers and charts so that YOU can stay on top of this.