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After A 5 Month Hiatus I Finally Updated My Master “College of Cardinals” Excel Spreadsheet.

by Anura Guruge


I have been very negligent on the “College of Cardinals” front!

There are limits to what I can get done in a day.
And of late it is my papal work that suffers.

But over the last 3 days I made a concerted effort to get
MY spreadsheet up to-date, accurate and verified.

I think I am in good shape now.

It is NOT a small task.

This, albeit reduced, is what it looks like.

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by Anura Guruge

3 Real Neat, Very Old Papal Coins By My Friend ‘Mark T.’

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by Anura Guruge


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* Pope Francis says Allies didn’t do enough.
* Pope Francis mum on Charleston shooting.
* Pope Francis Climate encyclical.
* Pope nixes German popemobiles.
* Pope’s new sex abuse tribunal.
>> Francis has dig at gay marriage.
>> Francis nixes gay French ambassador.
Francis says the darnest things 

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My friend and frequent collaborator ‘Mark T.’ is a longtime and avid collector of papal coins. I have done many posts about his papal coins in my (old) “Popes and Papacy” blog.

Go to “Popes and Papacy” and search on ‘coins’ or click on the coins, to the right, to take you to a post that will serve as a good start.


This is a Billon Denaro Paparino of Urban VI (#203), 1378 to 1389, the LAST non-cardinal to be elected pope. He proved to be more than a handful. Not a coincidence that they have never elected a non-cardinal since! And he was 600 years ago. I have a LOT about him in my “Next Pope 2011” book.

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On the right image, starting at the upper right, it +VRB’ PP SESTVS in gothic font
on the left image (two keys), starting from the upper right, S PETRVS ET PAVL (i.e., Saints Peter and Paul).


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Another restitution medal (c. 1710) engraved by Giovanni Battista Pozzo, of John VI (#85), 701 to 705. So this coin minted 1,ooo years after his death!


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Another one by the same artist/engraver, of Portuguese physician John XXI (#188), 1276 – 1277 who died when the ceiling of his hastily constructed library, in Viterbo [Italy], collapsed on him. So this was 500 years after his death.


President Obama Gives GoDaddy An Enormous (‘Free’) Plug On TV At The “White House Correspondents’ Association” Dinner Last Night.

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by Anura Guruge


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Click to access video coverage from CNN.

Click to access video coverage from CNN.


That they picked Danica Patrick’s GoDaddy NASCAR car, with the GoDaddy logos clearly emblazoned, could not have been a coincidence. Great publicity for GoDaddy, and I am glad given how they helped me out during the papal transition.

Not sure how GoDaddy pulled off this coup. I don’t think (but I could be wrong) that my President would just succumb to the charms of a GoDaddy wet T-shirt girl. That would have, of course, worked with Clinton.

So I have to think that some real mulla, in the millions, was involved in this — either as campaign donations in the past or as a direct payment for this priceless ad.

That is what confuses me. I could be wrong. GoDaddy could be an Obama supporter, which would make me very happy.

GoDaddy, in the end, is Bob Parsons company; he being the founder and now the Executive Chairman.

I have never had the honor of directly interacting with Bob.

But, I have had exceptional service and support from his staff in his office. Which is more than I can say about TDS and its CEO’s staff.

When GoDaddy was pulling out all the stops to help me deal with the huge spike in hits I was getting on my pope blog, I was told that Bob had heard about my problem and was personally monitoring my blog to make sure that it was coping with the traffic demands. I was very grateful. I was going to write a thank you note but was told, explicitly, that it would not be necessary.

Bob Parson is a true maverick and I do admire his style and tastes (and what real, hot-blooded male wouldn’t). So, for all I know, he, like so many high-tech moguls, Hollywood megastars and Warren Buffet could be an Obama supporter. That would neat.

Either way, I loved seeing the GoDaddy plug.

I thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech and that of Conan O’Brien. Very clever. Very funny. This repartee by Conan had me in stitches: “Speaker Boehner and President Obama are still struggling to get along. President Obama and John Boehner are kind of like a blind date between Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow. In theory, they understand each other’s positions, but deep down, you know nothing’s ever going to happen“. [In case you don’t get it, they are both gay.]

If you just want the quick highlights of the jokes, try this link.

Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me For My Papal Statistics

Click to access write up at Popes and Papcy

It has happened before, as on July 19, 2010, when Vatican Radio, gave me credit for determining that Pope Benedict XVI (#266) had become the 7th oldest pope. But, it is always kind of special, especially if you are a part-time papal historian living in the sticks in New Hampshire, to be cited by the Vatican media.

So it kind of made my day when I received an e-mail from Rome saying that: ‘you are famous … once more’.

It has been an interesting month. The Holy See Press Office requested a copy of my book ‘The Next Pope 2011‘ for their Press Library. Last week I had an e-mail to say that they received the copy. Many people had told me that my book would not be welcome at the Vatican because it is about the ‘taboo’ topic of the ‘Next Pope’. Right now I know of at least two copies at the Vatican. As another Italian friend, this one from Tuscany, pointed out: ‘You have now conquered a little bit of immortality. They will keep records of your book for at least 200 years’.

Here is a link to the Rome Reports video and article.


The Next Pope 2011 book by Anura Guruge