Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 11 March 2013
Surely there could never have been a more inaccurate name assigned to any Pope that that of Innocent the 10th, as accurately portrayed by Velasquez above, and surely there has never been a Pope who could look into the human soul so deeply as the painter Velasquez himself?
Today, the Cardinals begin their conclave to draw lots for who is going to replace Benny, who will probably be wandering around the corridors of the Vatican, trying to find his way back to his apartment as they do.
If you would like a little insight as to what may go on at these conclaves, then may I recommend Nanni Moretti's 2011 film, 'We Have a Pope' (Habemus Papum)?
This film is not only informative, it is charming and endearing as well as (at least from me) producing some genuinely funny, laugh-out-loud moments. What more could you ask for?
Every time I put up a new post, I am struck by how the total number of my previous posts resembles a year in which great events occurred - for instance, this is post number 1342.
If I can be bothered, I am going to put up a little historical note at the foot of every subsequent post, with one key event (as gleaned from Wikipedia) which took place in the year corresponding to the number of it. Like this: