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Had No Idea That Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Is Only 32-Years Old.

by Anura Guruge

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I kind of vaguely remember hearing that a nationalistic, right-winger had been elected as the Austrian chancellor. But, I didn’t give it much heed. I was too busy worrying about nationalistic, right-winger closer to home. And today they were together, side-by-side at the White House. That is why I got a good look at him. Plus the Drump did mention that ‘he’, i.e., Sebastian, looked young and indeed was young.

Wow. 32-years old. Must have been close to 30 when he was elected. Europe’s youngest head of state.

As I suspected (& hoped) Wikipedia does have a list of ‘youngest heads of state‘ ALBEIT only since 1945. But, at least it gives you some perspective. So, Sebastian is NOT the youngest by a long chalk. Maybe one of the youngest to be genuinely elected.

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The Youngest Popes Ever; John XII Probably Having Been A Teenager!

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Youngest Since 1400

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The ten youngest popes since 1400 by Anura Guruge. Click to ENLARGE.

John Paul II (#265) was 58 years, 3 months & 4 weeks old when elected pope on October 16, 1978. He was the youngest pope to be elected during the twentieth century, Benedict XV (#259), elected in September 1914 having been 531 days older.

John Paul II was, however, the twentieth youngest pope to be elected as of 1400 [dates pertaining to the popes prior to 1400 are either unreliable or unavailable and as such are impractical for meaningful analysis].

Benedict XV was the 22nd oldest [again as of 1400].

In June 1846, Pius IX (#256) was elected at the age of 54. Two popes separated Pius IX from Benedict XV. Pius IX was the 12th youngest since 1400.

Average age at election of the 62 popes elected since 1400 is 62.4 years.

Per my research it would appear that the minimum theoretical age at which one could become pope, in the future, is 25 – that being the minimum age to be a Catholic priest or deacon.

Pope John XII — when older.

One of the youngest popes ever was probably John (‘Octavian’) XII (#131), the illegitimate son of Alberic II who ruled Rome from 932 to 954. Alberic, on his deathbed, coerced influential Romans to promise that they would make sure his son, Octavian, would succeed him as the ruler of Rome and also be appointed the next pope. Octavian became John XII [his step-uncle having been John XI (#126)] in December 955 when Agapetus II (#130) died.  John was supposed to have been around 18 years of age at that point.

The infamous Benedict IX (#146, #148 & 151), who served an unprecedented three terms as pope, was also quite young when  first elected in October 1032. He was the last layman to be elected pope. Though there are those that claim that he was but a teenager when elected in reality he was probably in his twenties.


Leo X (right) youngest pope since 1400, with his cousin, who one pope later would be the second youngest, as Clement VII. Painting by Raphael

The youngest pope elected since 1400 was Leo X (#218) at the age of 37, in 1513. He the second son of the famous Lorenzo ‘il Magnifico’ Medici of Florence was created a cardinal, albeit without it being publicized (though this was prior to the in pectore practice that came to be in 1536) when he was but thirteen. Leo X, a cardinal deacon when elected, also happens to be the last non-priest/monk to be elected pope. It is said that on being elected he told his retinue ‘God has given us the papacy. Now let us enjoy it.’ Alak, this was not to be the case. His papacy was majorly buffeted by the rise of Martin Luther’s Reformation. He would die of malaria close to his 46th birthday.

The second youngest, since 1400, happens to be Leo X’s cousin Clement VII (#220), one pope later, at the age of 45. [So there is a 8 year difference between the youngest and the second youngest.] Clement VII’s parents were not married making him the last known pope of illegitimate birth.

The ten youngest popes, since 1400, to be elected are:

Note that three of these popes, #207 to #209, were consecutive; i.e., three popes in succession elected prior to their fiftieth birthday.

It is interesting that the six popes who were elected before they turned 50 did not enjoy particularly long pontificates. Eugene IV, who died at 62, was to be the oldest from this group. During the last 150 years the cardinals have hesitated about electing young, i.e., those in their fifties, given the possibility of a pontificate that might last three decades.

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Baseball Signed By Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle (For Randy Kaplan).

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59-year old Luis Tagle has been quite the sensation since he was created a cardinal, by Pope Benedict XVI, in November 2012, when he was 54-years of age. That didn’t make him the youngest cardinal ever (by about 46-years) but he sure was young for a modern creation.

Some consider him papabile after Pope Francis. I am not in that school.

But he has plenty of time.

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Mhairi Black (20), 20, SNP Member Of Parliament (MP), Youngest Since 1667 — Is A Riot. Good For Her.

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I saw her (for the very first time) on Thursday night, on SkyTV, ebulliently acknowledging (and celebrating) her momentous victory. How could you NOT be glad for her? She was this one big toothy smile of a face. I was happy for her. I was happy for the U.K. It is wonderful that we can elect somebody so young (and also so raw). I applaud the Scots for their courage and conviction in electing her.

I was NOT sure how she stacked up in terms of age. I wasn’t sure whether we had had 18 year old MPs. Now, thanks as ever to the peerless U.K. “Daily Mail“, I know. Youngest since 1667.

Her vocabulary bothers me somewhat. Yes, until I was 23, and did so overnight, cold-turkey, I used to swear — every other word that came out of my mouth was a swear word and some of them were quite graphic. So she is 20. She is entitled, BUT I hope she tones it down. I have a 26-year old daughter and a 23 year old son. They probably having seen that I don’t even use the (to me dreaded and disgusting) ‘s-word’ don’t swear much. I never talked to them about it. They just don’t.


The red Sturgeon.

I also hope she rethinks her dress code. She, from what I could see, wore a man’s gray suit. Confused the heck out of me. Maybe she was trying make a statement (and yes, I can read something into that), but I think she will look better if she dressed a tad more femininely. From what I can see her ‘boss’, the head of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon (and that name conjures up caviar for me), dresses very snazzily in bright female attire.

I have since read that her dad is a retired teacher and was very instrumental in her very successful campaign. Maybe he will, like us dads do, start having some quiet words with her.

But, I am happy. Way to go. I would be proud to have her as my daughter.

And in case you were wondering, ‘Mhairi‘ is Gaelic for Mary, i.e., much loved and longed for child.