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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 2 — Riddled With Errors; Part II, Popes Benedict IX & Celestine V.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE. Benedict IX is never far from my sight! This is a picture of the corner of my glass covered work desk. That yellow ‘slip’ was something I printed when I was writing my 1st Pope book in 2007. This was a crib list of important pontificates. 11-years later I still have not removed it from under the glass!

Click to ENLARGE and read. From my “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.

Click to ENLARGE and read. From my “Popes and the Tale of Their Names” book.

Errors & Omissions in CNN “Pope” Series.

    1. Fake News re. St. Peter being 1st pope — Click here for my post.
    2. Additional Errors and Omissions — Click here for my post.
    3. Episode 2 — Riddled with Errors; Part 1 — Click here for my post.

Popes Benedict IX and Celestine V were both depicted with factual errors, misrepresentations and with unwarranted and unnecessary sensationalism.

Pope Celestine V is so misrepresented that I devoted an entire chapter in my “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” book to him. IF only CNN had consulted that. He was NOT a bad pope as they made him out to be. He was pretty astute and knew what he was doing from the get go. This really was FAKE NEWS.

Benedict IX was a reprobate BUT not as much as CNN purported him to be. For a start he was not a teenager when he became pope. That is a rookie error made by folks who learn their popes from watching YouTube! He was in his mid-20s. Plus, he was a modicumly competent pope for 12-years before the shenanigans began and some of it was not really his fault. He was driven out of office the first time around. CNN fails to mention that. He only resigned after that traumatic event. Again, CNN’s coverage was full of alternate facts. Fake news.

IF only they had bothered to leaf through any one of my 10 Pope books or just called me. Pity. Shame.


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by Anura Guruge

Pope John Paul I, “The Smiling Pope” Of But 33-Days, Was Born This Day, 96-Years Ago; October 17, 1921.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_I

My 2008 book, “Popes and the Tale Of Their Names” started off, on Page 1, with John Paul 1. Click on image below for details on this well-received book.

One of my favorite popes, next to Pope John XXIII (in honor of whom he picked the first part of his double-barreled name), despite his ever so fleeting papacy — my admiration based on what I learnt of him prior to becoming pope.

He was indeed a good man. IF he had lived longer he would have been one of the GREAT popes. Possibly revolutionized the office — hence the lingering suspicions that he was indeed murdered at the Vatican. I actually do believe that something untoward did happen and it wasn’t just a case of a poorly treated dicky heart.

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by Anura Guruge