'Cause a thread about this seems inevitable. Yeah, Benedict XVI is packing it in, the first Pope in six hundred years to do so. Speculation abounds as to why he's bothered when dying in office came so easily to the last hundred popes or so. Apparently according to ancient bullshit prophecy the next Pope is meant to be called Peter of Rome and his papacy is meant to result in the destruction of Rome in some way, and probably also the End of the World. Expect this to be this year's focus for apocalyptic nutbars, now the Mayans are unfashionable again. Entirely unrelatedly, the favourite for next Pope is in fact called Peter - Cardinal Peter Turkson of, uh, Ghana. Ghana is in some way Rome? Like it matters, he could have been called Bugnuts McWeeble and it still would have been claimed as the fulfilment of prophecy. Anyway, him being a black guy will only fuel the apocalyptic nutbars I am sure, so for maximum comedy value let's all hope he gets it.