Not being Catholic the selection of a new Pope holds a different significance for me than it does for the world's billion+ Catholics.
Someone said to me 'why would you care?'
To which I replied 'why would you not?'
This is history being made dramatically before your eyes . . . from a current events perspective alone I am fascinated.
So fascinated that during each of the five times I have been in Rome I have secretly thought 'wouldn't it be cool if a new Pope were selected while I was here?' Of course, given that a new Pope is usually selected after the previous Pope has died I am sure that very thought has me heading straight to hell for inadvertently hastening the previous Pope to his eternal slumber.
There are a few things in the past week which have me curious ...
This pulls one back to a prediction made by Nostradamus who warned that the next-to-last pope would “flee Rome in December when the great comet is seen in the daytime.” Given all the changes in the calendar in the past 5 hundred years he was accurate with the date. Then there was the bolt of lightning. Oh yes, a comet has been visible in Italy for the past two weeks.
These predictions are also close to those of St. Malachy, who had a strange dream while on a visit to Rome. He “saw” all the names of the future popes – complete with identifying characteristics – who would rule the church until the end of time.
Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” as his vision is called, named Benedict XVI as the 111th – and penultimate – pope. The vision ended with the 112th pope; Pope Francis.
Speaking of eerie . . .
A few days later the new Pope surprised everyone by taking the name of Francis and declared that he wanted a church which was for the poor.
Enough with conspiracy theories and end of the world gloom and doom . . .
look at the difference 8 years has made in technology . . .
Finally, many will have seen images similar to this one circulating the internet: