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Pope Francis, I Think, Is Ill & In Considerable Pain — Hence His Uncharacteristic Short-Temper.

by Anura Guruge


The SLAP felt around the World.

This, which happened on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, went viral.
The pope apologized the next day — since his theme for the early part of 2020 ‘preventing violence against women‘!
Yes, it was ironic — as only popes can manage.


Here is a YouTube video of the whole sorry incident.


Christmas Eve Mass December 24, 2019.

Watch around the 8- & 17-minute marks.


As a Vaticanologist (though not full time) I do keep an eye on this pope (who I picked, in 2010, in print, as the possible next pope).

The unfortunate slapping incident, in my opinion, wasn’t just a case of him being a grumpy old, 83-year old man. I think there is more to it than that.

He is getting old.

He has had bad feet since he was a teenager and has worn especially made, corrective/therapeutic shoes all his adult life. He also had a part of one of his lungs removed when he was in his early 20s.

He has always walked with a slight limp but it is significantly more pronounced now. Watch him on the Mass video above. Also notice how one of his feet stick out at an angle. I am sure he has pain issues to do with his leg, back or both. A few weeks ago there was a viral flap that he was wearing a pain-pump. The Vatican denied that and said it was a remote mike!

4-years ago his doctors wanted him to go on a diet. That didn’t work. He is larger now than at any other time in his papacy. That probably doesn’t help his feet.

So, I contend that this pope is in pain and his health may not be that good. I could, as ever, be wrong.


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by Anura Guruge

New Hampshire Again Becomes A Winter Wonderland With Another 5″ Of Snow At Year End.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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..by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Christmas 2012 In Alton, New Hampshire (NH): A Brown Christmas?
>>Dec. 24, 2012.

>> White Christmas 2012 In New Hampshire — Dec. 25, 2012.
>> Over A Foot Of Snow From The December 27 Nor’easter
>>… — Dec. 27, 2012.


On Christmas Eve, as the pictures testify, we had no snow on the ground. Then we got a smattering, just enough to make it a White Christmas. Then we got dumped upon by the Nor’easter on December 27. Another 5″ of snow December 29, through the night. About 5″ of fresh snow to shovel on the morning of December 30. These pictures tell the story.

Same location, 5 days apart. Click to ENLARGE.

Same location, 5 days apart. Click to ENLARGE.

Over A Foot Of Snow In Alton, NH (At Least So At 660′ Elevation) From The December 27, 2012 Nor’easter

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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..by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Christmas 2012 In Alton, New Hampshire (NH): A Brown Christmas?
>>Dec. 24, 2012.

>> White Christmas 2012 In New Hampshire — Dec. 25, 2012.


I have seen more snow than this, but not in 2012 (as far as I can recall). It was a fair chunk. Well over a foot, more in the wind drifts, e.g., our back deck, and even more where the Alton’s ever friendly snow plow drivers try to bury us in. We are half way up Prospect Mountain, in Alton. Our altitude, above sea level, is about 660′. That makes a big difference. We get a few inches more than the folks who are a few hundred feet lower.

Click on any of the pictures to ENLARGE them.




These were taken on Christmas Day 2012 when we had a small amount of snow.