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Hilarius [sic] Papal Predictions

March 13, 2013

As the world waits for the Holy Spirit to ordain a new Pope, many are passing the time in prayer.

And, many others are breaking up the anxiety of the wait with a little entertainment.

Last night I watched the coverage of the conclave on television with my mom. At one point my mom became emotional and started to cry. I can only imagine what made her do that, but I imagine it could have been memories she has of past conclaves or concern for the state of our world today.

Or, maybe it was the painful media coverage of the non-event of no news coming out of the black smoke over the Vatican, and high-paid journalists with nothing better to do than to interview every average Joe they can find about what they think.

Seriously, as the world speculates as to who the next Pope will be, what name he will take, and what he will do to lead the Church in the years to come, couldn’t the world’s media just back off, focus on other important news around the world, and let the Cardinals and Holy Spirit work? Here’s one prediction – it won’t.

In the meantime, as the world watches the Vatican smokestack, and waits for white smoke, there seems to be no limit to the stories and musings that are running rampant.

There are Las Vegas odds and millions being bet on which Cardinal will get the call as the next Pope. Angelo Scola, Peter Turkson and Marc Ouellet are among the odds-on favorites.

There is also one web site that I found that has a Pope Name Predictor ( where you can “Guess the name our next Pope will take for a chance to win and IPad mini.” The most popular vote there is John Paul III. There is a random vote selector there too, in case you have no clue which name to vote for. It first got my attention because Zephyrinus II was the name showing as available (a personal connection for me that I will write about in a separate blog, along with Callistus IV), but I soon found other entertaining options including Hyginus II, Zosimus II, Simplicius II, and, get this, Hilarius II – yes, there was actually a Pope Hilarius from 461-468 AD who was later canonized!

Imagine that – we could have a Pope Hilarius II! Wouldn’t THAT be too hilarious?!?!?

My prediction? To paraphrase Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors in the movie Groundhog Day: ‘You want a prediction? I’ll give you a prediction. It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.’

So why not have a little fun with the event of the conclave and proceedings in the meantime? It might be the last one we ever witness. Besides, the media coverage, and waiting in the meantime, would be painful, without something to laugh and smile about.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2013 5:25 pm

    Hey, love the pope blog! Pope Hilarius would be nothing less than AWESOME!!!!! I guess we’ll have to settle for Francis, which I like cuz it’s my son’s middle name & the saint was a good guy – always liked him, so…Francis it is. But, Hilarius would be great. Definitely my vote the next time around. Do they have a suggestion box in the Vatican for these things? I’m guessing not…but…that would be so cool


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