Click to access short but sweet 1:39 minute YouTube video by my friends at “Rome Reports”.
Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. Vatican Information Service (VIS) announcement of circus performance. You can access VIS at visnews-en.blogspot.com.
On January 14, 2016 Pope Francis treated 2,000 of Rome’s poor to a circus. Today a circus, not the same one as far as I can tell, came to St. Peter’s Square for the pope’s regular Wednesday morning audience (and that it is outside, in January, is quite the thing).
Circuses coming to entertain popes is NOT new. The most famous incident was in December 2010 when four ‘topless’ male acrobats performed for Benedict XVI.
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I know I should appear to be blasé about this, but I still get a kick when Rome,
with all of the resources at their disposal, relies on a guy in Alton, NH, who works from his house,
out in the sticks, for the now and most up to date definitive statistics on popes.
My actual post at ‘Popes and Papacy’:
Click to access the full post at Anura Guruge’s ‘Popes and Papacy’.
Given that I am in NH rather than Rome, and I am kind of new to Papal History, it is neat to be acknowledged by THE folks in Rome for my unique statistics. Yes, it is my 42 years of computer experience. Not too many other papal historians who crunch data like I do.
Over the last few days I have been getting around 800 hits a day on my main pope blog. I don’t make any money, but it kind of feels nice.
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.