Pope Francis, Born: December 17, 1936 (age 81 years)
Father Hunwicke remarks on the estimated time of departure of Pope Francis basing it on the precedent and habit of previous Popes. Thus:
“I think PF will soon be 82 years old.
Since more and more voices world-wide seem to be talking about the possibility of this pontificate coming to a conclusion, I have been looking through the age-at-death of recent Roman Pontiffs.
According to the rough notes I have made on the back of an old envelope next to my computer, the following ages, since Pius XI inclusively, seem at least roughly right [I excluded Pope John Paul I, the one-month pontiff]:
Pius XI, 82; Pius XII, 82; John XXIII, 82; Paul VI, 82; John Paul II, 85.
[Benedict XVI was elected at the age of 78 and five years later is still ‘making his pilgrimage home’.]”
Ephesians 6:18 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Pray Brothers and Sisters, pray for the Holy Father …
we are in sudden death overtime and the clock is ticking …