Monday, February 25, 2013

Jinxed Benedict

Departures from papacy except by death are rare. It is therefore interesting to note that of these rare exits by resignation, three were by Popes named Benedict.

Even more odd is the fatal combination of Benedict and the Roman numerals I,V and X.

The three Popes are Benedict V  (22.5.964 to 23.6.964), Benedict IX (1032 to 1044, April to May 1045 and 1047 to 1048) and now Benedict XVI.

Benedict IX was the only one to head the Catholic Church more than once, was one of the youngest and sadly one of the most immoral.

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