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So maybe Pope Ratz knows he's going to kick it soon

The official pic, so says Jesus General.

CNN says the new Pontiff knows he’s not long for this world.

The 78-year-old cardinal, chosen on Tuesday to become the new pope, now “appears to be in basically good health,” but also is aware that his pontificate may not last “very long,” said [CNN Vatican analyst John] Allen, author of a 2000 biography of Ratzinger, “Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican’s Enforcer of the Faith.”

“About two years ago he was experiencing fatigue, but appears to have picked up from that,” Allen said.

Ratzinger’s brother Georg Ratzinger has raised questions about whether someone of the pope’s age is fit for the post. [I saw this clip on CNN this AM; Kate and I looked at each other and burst out laughing. He didn’t mince words; read on.]

Before Benedict was elected pope, Georg Ratzinger said he was “convinced” that his brother would “be spared from this burden. At age 78, it’s not good to take on such a job which challenges the entire person and the physical and mental existence,” Allen said.

At an age when you approach 80, it’s no longer guaranteed that one is able to work and get up the next day.”

…When Ratzinger told cardinals in the conclave why he wanted to take on the name Benedict XVI, “one of the things he alluded to was the fact that Benedict XV, the last pope to have that name, had one of the shortest pontificates of the 20th century,” Allen said.”

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