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Archive | September 6, 2017

Following Cardinal Caffarra’s Death Today, Cardinal Electors Down To The Legit 120.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the original at the “National Catholic Reporter” (NCR).


Following Pope Francis’ very unusual cardinal creating consistory of June 28, 2017, where he created 5 new Cardinal Electors, there were 121 Cardinal Electors.

That was one more that the 120 Cardinal Electors currently permitted by Papal Decree from participating in a conclave.

I have always been against pope’s exceeding this 121 limit for a very good reason. It would create an unprecedented situation if a conclave had to be held unexpectedly (following a sudden death) and before the deceased pope got around to doing something about increasing the 120 limit.

What was real strange about this 121 figure was that there were NO upcoming 80th birthdays until February 3, 2018. That meant we would have gone for an unprecedented (again) 220 days (i.e., 7 months) with the cardinal elector level above 120 — UNLESS a cardinal, under 80-years of age, were to die. And I am always careful to specify that — i.e., barring deaths. I had wondered if there were any under-80 cardinals who were known to be on their last legs. There appeared not to be any.

And then, 70-days after the consistory, 79-year old Italian Cardinal, Carlo Caffarra dies. All the reports say SUDDENLY — but they also add that “after a long illness“. So, what is the story. Did Francis know that Caffarra would die within 90-days? The pope, in theory, does have some very good contacts high up.

Ironically, Caffarra was one of 4 of his MOST ARDENT critics. But another died in July 2017 and now Caffarra. So, 2 of the 4 have died! Coincidence? {Smile}


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British, John Dalton, The Father ‘Atomic Theory’ & ‘Color Blindness’ Pioneer, Was Born This Day 251-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge




Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dalton


Coming up with what we today still refer to as ‘atomic theory‘ was no small feat — especially 250-years ago. Wow.

I have read a bit about him, BUT not as much as I would like to. Obviously a very clever and intuitive person — a Quaker to boot.

There is some debate as to whether he was born on September 5th or September 6th, 1766. It could have been late at night — hence the confusion. These days, the likes of Wikipedia do not even bother to dwell on this confusion. September 6 is deemed his birthday.

Spare a thought. Atomic Theory is a BIG DEAL — though that it is still a ‘theory’, even today, is scary!


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“Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) — Hilarious, Nearly As Good As “The Producers”.

by Anura Guruge


Watch the trailer on YouTube.



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Foster_Jenkins


Started watching it on Amazon Prime yesterday. It had been on my “Watch List” for quite awhile. I wish I had got around to watching it sooner. Exceeded all expectations.

Though it is indeed based on a real person and true story, it is hilarious. That it brings to mind “The Producers” (which I have seen on Broadway and on film) has to be the ultimate accolade.

The two leading stars, as you would expect, are immaculate. But, to I, the star of the show is the diminutive Cosme McMoon played by Simon Helberg. I don’t think I have seen him in anything before — but I am not good at ‘spotting’/recognizing/remembering thespians! I had to look him up. Appears that he is quite the guy, a professional pianist who had a karate black belt at 9. You will enjoy him.

It is available for free if you have Amazon Prime. Couldn’t find it on YouTube. I am sure you can find it on other streaming services.

Definitely recommended. Enjoy.


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