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ABC News Quotes Me In Their Papal Resignation Coverage.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement … — Feb. 11, 2013.
>> Pope To Resign. My Website Inundated — Feb. 11, 2013.
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Alton, NH Once Again Becomes ‘Consistory Central’ For The World
>>Oct 28, 2012.

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Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics;
>>2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


Click to access coverage.

Click to access coverage.

What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement. My 4 Years Of ‘The Next Pope’ & Papabili Becomes Flavor Of The Day. Thanks GoDaddy.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Pope To Resign. My Website Inundated — Feb. 11, 2013.
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Alton, NH Once Again Becomes ‘Consistory Central’ For The World — Oct 28, 2012.
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Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics; 2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


This books is 100% valid. Read it.

This books is 100% valid. Read it.

I was the last one to expect this pope to resign. I had spent hours arguing against it. My basic premise was the same as that been bandied around in Rome: ‘you don’t climb down from the cross‘. It is a job for life. My Queen exemplifies that and today more than ever I was proud of her and her commitment to upholding that duty and tradition.

The pope resigning causes manifold complications that most have not even thought about. Does he go back to being a cardinal? He probably does. But, a problem. He was a Cardinal Bishop. Cardinal Bishops must hold what is called a Suburbicarian See (suburban, i.e. surrounding Rome) ‘seat’. There are only 7 and they are all allocated. Yes, the pope can do anything, but it will be even more stange if he creates a new Suburbicarian See for himself. He most likely will have to be called Cardinal Ratzinger, though many will have problems doing that having got used to calling him by other, more elevated titles. There are also some interesting legal ramifications. Since he will no longer be a head of state he loses his diplomatic immunity. That could become an issue.

For the last 4 years I have been waiting for this day, i.e., the start of a papal transition. I like most others thought that there will be a gentle lead-in period. The pope falling ill … That what has happened most of the time other than with poor John Paul I (#264). But, there was no ramp-up in this case. It was BANG.

Deanna woke me up with a phone call at 8:10 am to tell me the news. I knew that it would be quite a day.

I knew that there would be lots of hits. I did not expect it to exceed 150 connections per second. I upgraded the capacity of the Web server around 10 am. But, even I couldn’t get in.

Nearly all of my Web assets, other than my (35+) WordPress.com blogs (such as this), are with GoDaddy.com. I have been with them for at least 11 year, maybe more. GoDaddy and I grew up together over those years. There were some rocky patches. We weathered them. About 4 or 5 years ago there was a marked change. We kind of got pretty close to mission-critical level, ‘non-stop’ operation. I was glad that I stuck with them. I kind of know my way with them.

A few years ago I had e-mailed the Office of the President of GoDaddy. They took care of it and even responded by e-mail. I kept that e-mail address. I do not abuse. I have used it sparingly.

This morning I e-mailed the Office again and explained my dilemma. A very nice gentleman, an Irish Catholic, called me within 30 minutes. He said that some of my problems were already fixed.

Now here is the amazing part. Over the day he called me back 6 times, on his own volition. They were monitoring the hits on my site and trying to help me out. They did two further upgrades for me, free of charge! What service. I am so grateful. So appreciative. They came through for me. That was good. Thank YOU, GoDaddy. All together I have had over 30,500 hits today. That is about a 30 fold increase. Yes, between this blog and my two pope blogs I average over a 1,000 hits a day and that is not counting my ‘dormant’ Windows 7 blog that continues to get 150 hits a day — and has done every day since 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign. My Website & Blogs Inundated. ‘The Next Pope 2011’ Book Still Is “THE MUST READ”.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>>
Alton, NH Once Again Becomes ‘Consistory Central’ For The World — Oct 28, 2012.
>>
Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics; 2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


This books is 100% valid. Read it.

This books is 100% valid. Read it.

The pope always had the option to retire. I, in particular, did not think he would ever exercise it. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415.

News reports are WRONG. At least 6 prior popes have resigned.

My Websites can’t keep up. This morning they were getting 50 hits per second. Managed to upgrade to 150 hits/second. Still exceeding that. I can’t get in to do any posts!

ABC News just called. A Canadian radio station interviewed me for 20 minutes.

GoDaddy is being wonderful. GoDaddy CEO is personally monitoring Website. They are going to do a 2nd upgrade!

 

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