Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Oh, well, throw out the NY Times...


The last pope who chose the name Benedict was an Italian noble who canonized Joan of Arc and spent much of his papacy trying unsuccessfully to end World War I, which had pitted Europe's Catholics against one another.

Born Giacomo della Chiesa in Genoa, Italy, Pope Benedict XV served as pontiff from 1914 to 1922, the second shortest length of time for a pope in the 20th Century.

(Emphasis added.)
No, dummies; John XXIII's and John Paul I's were shorter. That would make him at best number 3.

Don't these guys have fact checkers?

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