Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Sure didn't take them long did it? Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been chosen as Pope, and will reign as Benedict XVI. He's the first German Pope in a millenium, and at 78 the oldest pontiff elected in 3 centuries. This of course brings up the obvious question of how long his reign might be. Perhaps the other cardinals see him as an interim Pope who will have a relatively short papacy, allowing for some of the other contenders to solidfy their power bases for the next go around.

Interestingly today's papal decision generated one of the hits on the blog today, via a post I made a couple of months ago mentioning the prophecy of St. Malachy. No doubt true believers in this kind of thing will quickly find parallels to draw between the new Pope and whatever the prophecy might say.

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