April 19, 2005
Habemus Papum!

Pat gets a mitered no-prize for being the first to tell us a new pope, German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI, has been elected. At age 78, conventional wisdom seems to have held... the hierarchy has elected someone that (presumably) will not become the next "longest reigning" pope in history. Then again, John XXIII invoked Vatican II at the ripe old age of 76, so you never can tell.

So there you go. Now, no more "is the pope Polish?" jokes for you!

Posted by scott at April 19, 2005 12:59 PM

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And the beat goes on! No changes expected from this Pope.

Posted by: Pat J. on April 19, 2005 01:05 PM

Dunno. I heard someone saying that his choice of names implies that he'll be concentrating on healing the divisions within the catholic faith, and with the rest of the world - all while ensuring that doctrine stays solid. Also, he's been a progressive in the past, so there might be some changes coming...

Posted by: ronaprhys on April 19, 2005 01:58 PM

I still think Strongbad shoulda been pope

Posted by: richie on April 19, 2005 02:14 PM

Habemus Papam. (Not "Papum")

Posted by: J Caesar on April 27, 2005 12:16 PM
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