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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:30 PM

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Caption: [German accent]"Ach that Davey Jones is at it again...posting on that dreadful site with every bowel movement I make..."

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:33 PM

Caption: [German accent]"Ach that Davey Jones is at it again...posting on that dreadful site with every bowel movement I make..."


LOL - well it keeps me off the streets ;) It is either that, or pick on Prince Phillip :D

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:50 PM

Hopefully Warsi's visit today will finish him off. After all, I nearly had an aneurysm when I read her latest drivel
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:41 PM

Hopefully Warsi's visit today will finish him off. After all, I nearly had an aneurysm when I read her latest drivel


This post will do nothing for my reputation on these boards as an alleged "women hater", but....she has a face I'd never tire of slapping. Every time she's on the TV it's a race for the mute button.
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:34 PM


Hopefully Warsi's visit today will finish him off. After all, I nearly had an aneurysm when I read her latest drivel


This post will do nothing for my reputation on these boards as an alleged "women hater", but....she has a face I'd never tire of slapping.


Actually I'd say it's done rather a lot for that reputation.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 01:43 AM

There are some more rumours in the Italian press that he is about to resign (yawn). Here is a screenshot of the article that someone evidently ran through Google translate. Probably the most notable thing about it is how much the Pope resembles a little old woman now :o :puke: :



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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:53 PM

Sometimes you just have to laugh - the pope dons a sombrero in Mexico:


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Doesn't look like the stress of the trip has put him anywhere near death's door but skin is fairly terrible these days. Not much spark in the eyes either if that one photo is any guide.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:57 AM

As a side note Pope Benedict XVI surpassed Pope John Paul II at age of death on February 29, 2012. I have been saying for years that Benedict has been in better shape than JPII at his age and at this point him just having a pulse puts him in far better shape.
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:19 AM

Yes, he is the sixth oldest pope in history now.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:52 AM

Still capable of celebrating mass this week in Cuba, mind. Some popes have remained in office when they couldn't manage that.

Me, I prefer to celebrate mass by studying the lives of the terminally obese and selecting the likliest for dead pool duties, but that's another story.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:13 PM

Still capable of celebrating mass this week in Cuba, mind. Some popes have remained in office when they couldn't manage that.

Me, I prefer to celebrate mass by studying the lives of the terminally obese and selecting the likliest for dead pool duties, but that's another story.


That's a different kind of mass.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:47 PM

This is completely offtopic as it has nothing to do with the Pope or death but it is "another day, another disaster" for the Roman Catholic Church:


"A priest in Northern Ireland is under investigation for showing indecent images during a Holy Communion presentation. :pop:

Father Martin McVeigh was giving parents in County Tyrone a PowerPoint presentation in preparation for the ceremony. But when images from a memory card were projected onto the screen, they included 16 indecent images of men. :puke:

Parents say the priest looked shaken, grabbed the memory stick, and bolted out of the room. :D

He returned 20 minutes later to wrap up the meeting, saying children get lots of money for their Holy Communion and should consider giving some of it to the church." :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:42 PM

"While the pontiff appeared frail and tired after his trip to Mexico and Cuba last month. He has nevertheless been taking part in Holy Week with his characteristic spiritual vigour, on Thursday a stinging rebuke to rebellious priests on Thursday."

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EDIT: If that small quote is any guide, it seems that the standard of grammar and proof-reading at AFP has fallen dramatically....

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:44 AM

Another batch of (very mixed) health reports trickling in as part of the Easter round-up:


"The Pope, who turns 85 this month, has recently taken to using a cane and other devices to help him move during public ceremonies, and some observers have speculated that the less physically vigorous pontiff’s leadership grip of the church might be loosening" - sounds about right with the factions of cardinals running amok lately. I'd say his crackdown on the Austrians who are daring to question his authority was driven by these factions....

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By contrast, "The pope, who celebrates his 85th birthday on April 16th, has looked reasonably vigorous this week, notwithstanding that his extensive schedule of Easter celebrations comes just 10 days after his return from a tiring six-day visit to Mexico and Cuba."

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:33 AM

This is a much more substantial article about the Pope's health (still just a cash-in on the seasonal Easter rise in interest in the pontiff though). Still, there are lots of details here about the old b*st*rd's health that we have never heard before - paydirt!!!


Brother's fears for an ailing pontiff, as concerns grow for health of Pope Benedict XVI


* by: John Follain
* From: The Sunday Times
* April 08, 2012 2:08PM



WHEN Georg Ratzinger, a priest, heard that his brother Joseph had been elected Pope, he felt no joy: he was too concerned about the mental and physical strain that being Pope Benedict XVI would impose on a man whose health was already frail.

Georg's disclosure, in a memoir published last week, has compounded anxiety about the health of the Pope, who will celebrate his 85th birthday a week tomorrow. He is the oldest pontiff for more than a century.

After a gruelling trip to Mexico and Cuba, the heavy Easter schedule clearly weighed on the Pope who looked tired as he stood before 20,000 faithful at the traditional procession of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) around the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday.

In a further sign he is feeling drained, Benedict celebrated Easter Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica at 9pm last night instead of at midnight.


In My Brother the Pope, published in Italy, Georg, 88, writes: “To be honest, I have to say that at that moment (his election in 2005) I felt crestfallen, dispirited. For him it was a big challenge, a taxing commitment, and I was seriously worried. I didn't think of the honours or the positive aspects, but only of the toil and the burden which that responsibility meant for my brother.” Georg said he had gone to bed that night feeling “depressed”.

His concern about Benedict, the oldest Pope since Leo XII, who died in 1903 at the age of 93, was understandable. He is believed to have had a heart operation while still a cardinal.Shortly after his election, Benedict set up a medical unit in his private apartment in the Apostolic Palace.

Caroline Pigozzi, the author of a book of interviews with cardinals entitled The Red Robes, said the Pope was “very concerned” about his own state of health.

“Benedict's heart condition means that he doesn't go on many trips. When he does, he keeps them very short and a cardiologist always accompanies him,” she said.


According to Pigozzi, the Pope suffers from an irregular heartbeat, breathlessness, chronic fatigue and drops in blood pressure. His doctors are treating him with anticoagulant drugs.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope's spokesman, insists he is “in fantastic condition” but he often looked frail and unsteady during his trip to Mexico and Cuba last month.

A source close to the Vatican claimed that the Pope suffered from atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a big cause of strokes.

Marco Politi, author of Joseph Ratzinger: A Papacy in Crisis, said the Pope had suffered two minor strokes when he was a cardinal. “Benedict gets tired very quickly, so he often looks exhausted.”

The Pope also has a painful right leg and has taken to using a walking stick in his apartment. He was seen using it for the first time in public last month at Fiumicino airport in Rome as he made his way from his helicopter to the plane for his flight to Mexico.

Benedict's daily schedule leaves plenty of time for rest. He receives visitors in the mornings, rests after lunch then meets officials after 6pm. He has dinner at 7.30pm, then watches the television news and goes for a short walk before retiring.

In an interview with a German news agency last week, Georg said he thought his brother would cut back his foreign trips because they increasingly wore him out. The Pope has only a trip to Lebanon planned this September.

Michael Hesemann, who co-wrote Georg Ratzinger's book, said a papal resignation was still far away. “The Pope has a very healthy, very regular lifestyle. He's sometimes exhausted but he's able to recover very quickly, even after a challenging trip like his visit to Mexico and Cuba.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:18 AM

Pope marks milestones amid signs of frailty, succession talk


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict marks two milestones this week and while his health appears stable, signs of frailty have again prompted speculation over whether he will be the first pontiff in seven centuries to resign.


Benedict, one of the oldest popes in history, turns 85 on Monday, and on Thursday he marks the seventh anniversary of his election as successor to the immensely popular John Paul II.


Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square on Sunday, he noted Thursday's anniversary and asked for prayers "so that the Lord may give me the strength to carry out the mission he has entrusted to me".


Benedict is already older than John Paul was when he died in 2005 and is now the oldest reigning pope since Leo XIII, who died aged 93 in 1903 after reigning for 25 years.


"His health at 85 is better than John Paul's was at 75," said one high-ranking Vatican official who reports to the pope regularly. "He is a very methodical man. He looks after himself and feels that he still has much to do," the official said.


The Vatican has announced that he will visit Lebanon in September and he may go to Brazil in 2013.


"I'm old but I can still carry out my duties," the pope told Fidel Castro during his trip to Cuba last month.


Still, Benedict is increasingly showing signs of frailty and fatigue, signs that are being watched carefully for their possible effect on the future of the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church.


When he left for Mexico and Cuba, he used a cane at the airport for the first time in public, though sources say he has been using it in private for some time.


Last year, to conserve his strength, he began using a mobile platform instead of walking up the aisle of St Peter's Basilica.


The Vatican says it is to spare him fatigue and there is no concern about his overall health. His brother has said Benedict suffered two mild strokes before his election in 2005 and he reportedly suffers from high blood pressure and arthritis.


WOULD CONSIDER RESIGNING


Where Benedict differs from his predecessors is that he is the only pope in living memory to discuss publicly the possibility of resignation, though others have done so privately.


In a book in 2010, Benedict said he would not hesitate to become the first pontiff to resign willingly in more than 700 years if he felt no longer able, "physically, psychologically and spiritually" to run the Catholic Church.


"Those of us who are over 75 are not allowed to run even a small diocese and cardinals over 80 are not allowed to elect a pope. I can understand why one day the pope might say 'even I can't do my job any more,'" said retired Archbishop Luigi Bettazzi of the north Italian city of Ivrea.


"I wish him a long life and lasting lucidity but I think that if the moment arrives when he sees that things are changing, I think he has the courage to resign," Bettazzi told Italian television on Saturday.


The last pope to resign willingly was Celestine V in 1294 after reigning for only five months. Gregory XII reluctantly abdicated in 1415 to end a dispute with a rival claimant to the papacy.


Every papal birthday or anniversary sparks talk of succession but there is no clear front runner to succeed Benedict, who has now appointed more than half the cardinals who will choose a new pope from among their ranks. Most are Europeans.



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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:40 AM

Wales winning the rugby 6 Nations Grand Slam would normally sound alarm bells for Pope Benedict, but it seems Pope Shenouda was the one to suffer the dreaded fate. http://www.metro.co....by-new-evidence
But with Wales still being very good indeed, maybe next year?

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:33 PM

Wales winning the rugby 6 Nations Grand Slam would normally sound alarm bells for Pope Benedict, but it seems Pope Shenouda was the one to suffer the dreaded fate. http://www.metro.co....by-new-evidence
But with Wales still being very good indeed, maybe next year?


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Posted 26 May 2012 - 04:53 AM

The butler did it: http://www.abc.net.a...secrets/4034768

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:05 AM

The butler did it: http://www.abc.net.a...secrets/4034768


Maybe the added stress will get Ratzinger fired/promoted, depends on how you see it.

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