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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bishop of Kilfenora

Due to a quirk in papal law dating back to 1883, newly-elected Pope Francis is the official bishop of Kilfenora in Co Clare.

Until 1750, the bishop of Kilfenora was a separate title – but when the Catholic Church united Kilfenora with Kilmacduagh in Co Galway, both dioceses came under the jurisdiction of the diocese of Galway.

The unification meant that the bishop of Galway had responsibility for three dioceses in Connacht and Munster, which was not permitted by the church. So the Pope was officially named the bishop of Kilfenora.

However, despite being the official bishop, it's unlikely that the Pope will visit his parish since official duties fall to the bishop of Galway.

Electric pause

THERE was a significant fall in the demand for electricity as people remained glued to their television sets awaiting the announcement of a new Pope.

Figures from the EirGrid National Control Centre showed that on Wednesday evening electricity demand fell by more than 3pc.

The fall has been attributed to people not using appliances and pausing in work to find out who has been elected as the new leader of the world's Catholics.

Health 'no issue'

The new Pope has daunting challenges ahead ranging from the church sex-abuse scandal to reinvigorating the flock – and the 76-year-old Francis will have to do it all with just one whole lung.

The Argentine Pontiff underwent surgery as a young man to remove "a good part" of an infected lung, according to his biographer, Sergio Rubin.

Doctors said that losing part of a lung doesn't necessarily compromise the Pope's health or reduce his life span, though it means no strenuous exercise since he no longer has as much air capacity as people with two lungs.

"He probably wouldn't be able to run marathons, but I don't think that would be on his schedule," said Dr Peter Openshaw at Imperial College London.

It was initially reported that Francis lost an entire lung, but the Vatican said that he had only lost part of one.

'Hand of God'

The same 'hand of God' brought the Papacy to Argentina as helped it to win the 1986 World Cup, says Diego Maradona, the soccer legend whose famously illicit, handled goal against England still excites passions at home and abroad.

In a letter to Rome's 'Il Messaggero' newspaper, Maradona (52) said he rejoiced at the election of his compatriot Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

"Everybody in Argentina can remember the 'hand of God' in the England match in the 1986 World Cup. Now, in my country, the 'hand of God' has brought us an Argentine Pope."

Irish Independent

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