Oops, got it wrong the first time. That’s what happens when you take a blogcation:
That’s how long it’s been since a pope abidcated and it’s been 968 years since a pope named Benedict quit. My stat-head friends are apt to appreciate the numerical symmetry.
Pope Benedict IX, in 1045: At age 33 and about 10 years
into his tumultuous term, the Rome-born pope resigned so that he could
get married – and to collect some cash from his godfather, also Roman,
who paid Benedict IX to step down so that he might replace him, according to British historian Reginald L. Poole’s definitive and much-cited history of the 11th century.
Okay, back to Lundi Gras related stuff and answering the age old question, to costume or not to costume. I lean towards the latter since it may be wet tomorrow.
That is all.