Ex-Pope Ratzinger (née Benedict XVI) Who Turns 90 Tomorrow, Would Have Been 2nd Oldest (Documented) Pope, If He Had Not Resigned.
The problem is that we do not know the birthdates of all the early popes.
In essence, as you can see from my ‘Magic Papal Spreadsheet‘ we only started getting reliable birthdates for popes as of those born 1400 and later. Even then we have an exception. Hence, why all my famous ‘Oldest‘ and ‘Youngest‘ records when it comes to popes always carry the caveat ‘as of 1400‘.
Benedict XVI, if he had not resigned, would have been the 2nd oldest pope as of 1400.
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Ex-Pope Ratzinger (née Benedict XVI) Turns 90 Tomorrow, April 16, 2017, Easter Day — 4th Time His Birthday Has Been On Easter.
This year, when he turns 90, it will be ON Easter Day.
But his birthday has fallen on Easter Day 3 other years: 1933 (when he was 6), 1995 (when he was 68) & 2006 (when he was 79).
His 2006 birthday, which was on Easter, was his first as Pope!
He was elected pope in 2005, 3 days after his 78th birthday.
Br. César J. Tobón, of Mexico, is ANOTHER of my valued Internet friends.
In 2014 he sent me this wonderful graphic ahead of the February 2014 consistory.
That was how we ‘met’. Then in 2015 he repeated the kind gesture for the February consistory.
Br. César J. Tobón has had the privilege of holding the Missal
for Pope Benedict XVI (#266) at a Papal Mass. q.v. below.
Here is the translation of the Pope Francis, December 24, 2014
homily quoted at the top of the greeting.
“How do we welcome the tenderness of God? Do I allow myself to be taken up by God, to be embraced by him, or do I prevent him from drawing close? “But I am searching for the Lord” – we could respond. Nevertheless, what is most important is not seeking him, but rather allowing him to seek me, find me and caress me with tenderness. The question put to us simply by the Infant’s presence is: do I allow God to love me?”
The words after that are “Best Wishes and Blessings” to his family, follow students, friend etc.
Br. César J. Tobón holding the Missal for Pope Benedict XVI.