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Pope John Paul I, “The Smiling Pope” Of But 33-Days, Was Born This Day, 96-Years Ago; October 17, 1921.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_I


My 2008 book, “Popes and the Tale Of Their Names” started off, on Page 1, with John Paul 1. Click on image below for details on this well-received book.




One of my favorite popes, next to Pope John XXIII (in honor of whom he picked the first part of his double-barreled name), despite his ever so fleeting papacy — my admiration based on what I learnt of him prior to becoming pope.

He was indeed a good man. IF he had lived longer he would have been one of the GREAT popes. Possibly revolutionized the office — hence the lingering suspicions that he was indeed murdered at the Vatican. I actually do believe that something untoward did happen and it wasn’t just a case of a poorly treated dicky heart.


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Today’s Friday the 13th, October 13, 2017, Is THE REAL DEAL! Beaware.

by Anura Guruge


Only Friday the 13th that fall in October count!

That is what the superstition is all about, Friday the 13th in the month of October. That is when a very bad thing happened, in France, in 1307. The dissolution of the Knight’s Templar.


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



On average we get a Friday the 13th every 212 days.

We already had one this year in January.

We will have another one in April & July of 2018.

Those that do not happen in October do NOT count.

Friday the 13th really ALL has to do with the
Dissolution of the Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.

So Friday the 13th on other months is meaningless. Sorry.

But, today is the real McCoy.


The ’13’ really has nothing to do with the supposed thirteen attendees at the ‘Last Supper’ — particularly since there is no consensus, at all (at all), that the ‘Last Supper’ took place on a Friday — that traditionally been the date of the Crucifixion, hence ‘Good Friday‘ at Easter.

The superstition about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really has its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French PopeClement V, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.

It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.

Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.

This fact tends to be forgotten.


Friday the 13th in October happens per a 5 to 6 year cycle with occasional 11-year gaps.

We just had one of those. So, the last 13th in October was 11-years ago, 2006. The next one is 6-years from now.

This is ONLY my 9th Friday the 13th in October.

Here, I made you a CHART.


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Vatican II, That Redefined What It Meant To Be ‘Catholic’, Started This Day, 55-Years Ago — October 11, 1962.

by Anura Guruge


From my 2014 “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia”. See image below to access details of the book. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Click to ENLARGE and admire here. This went with my Pope John XXIII book.


Click to ENLARGE and study. My ‘magic’ Excel spreadsheet on the Ecumenical Councils. First time I have shared this.


Vatican II, as most Catholics know, was a BIG deal. It still divides many Catholics and the history of the Catholic Church is now clearly demarcated by ‘pre-Vatican II‘ and ‘post-Vatican II‘. For many it will be best known as the Ecumenical Council that gave us the Vernacular Mass (i.e., the non-Latin Mass).

To I, it will always be indelibly associated with my alltime favorite Pope, John XXIII. This was his crowning achievement in a life full of many.

55-years ago. Wow. Wasn’t that long ago.


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Pope Francis’ Denouncement Of Online Porn So Sad In That The Vatican Is A HUGE Consumer!

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Click image to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


Click to access original. Google for more … much MORE.


Yes, the Pope is genuine in his concern, BUT he has to clean up his own ‘residence’ — viz. The Vatican.

Yes, the Vatican, has been a den of iniquity going back many, many centuries. That there is a huge amount of online porn access from the Vatican is an open secret.

The Pope should go after his own STAFF accessing online porn before he starts to pontificate to the world. Yes, it is a big problem, BUT, he is Pope.


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Pope Formosus (‘Beautiful’), Of The Infamous ‘Cadaver Synod’, Became Pope This Day, 1,126-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


The 897 ‘cadaver synod’ involving Formosus (#112), the first cardinal bishop to be elected pope. Click image to access my POST.


From My ‘The Next Pope’ book. Click to ENLARGE.


From My ‘Popes and the Tale of Their Names’ book. Click to ENLARGE.


He was the 112th legitimate pope. But, it was a long time ago. He was the FIRST Cardinal Bishop to be elected Pope. Benedict XVI was the last.

Formosus, which is assumed to be an assumed name, means ‘beautiful’ in Latin!

Formosus, who was pope for but 4.5 years, is best known for his role, posthumously, in the ‘Cadaver Synod‘.


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I Pull The Plug On My Once High-Flying “Popes and Papacy” Website/Blog.

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Click to ENLARGE and marvel. These the stats for February 10, 2013 to March 30, 2013 — viz. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election. 168,000 hits during those 6-weeks. 14,702 hits on the day of the resignation. Those were the glory days.


I gave up and pulled the trigger way earlier than I had planned.

I had been trying to migrate all of the important content, for posterity, to this blog. But, tonight, I gave up. I just don’t have the time. So much to do and this was just another distraction.

Yes, I do realize that I just destroyed quite a bit of valuable, cannot be found anywhere else data! C’est la vie. I guess if we get desperate some bits of it might still be available on the Internet archive. But, as of now it is ALREADY gone.


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Rome Fell For The Last Time, This Day 147-Years Ago, Paving The Way For Italian Unification — September 20, 1870.

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



Rome, with the Pope & the Vatican right there, was the last holdout when it came to the by then inevitable unification of the Italy. Hence the significance of this day. Once Rome fell, 147-years ago the Rubicon had been well and truly crossed. Because of religious fervor the pope had to be appeased or at least humored. So, unification dragged onto 1871. But, the popes still claimed to be prisoners of the Vatican.


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