jeudi 31 mai 2012

UK/Vatican: The pope's death and the Welsh Grand Slam.

A troubling coincidence.

         The urban legend that a pope die every time Wales achieves the Grand Slam in the Six Nations rugby was relaunched in March 2012 in a letter published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
         In 2008, doctors had made ​​a curious Welsh study: eight Roman Catholic popes died since 1883, five had died a year when Wales won the Grand Slam.

         And since that time, the coincidence is achieved, with the exception of the year 1978 when the Welsh rugby players had excelled and where two popes died: Paul VI (1920-1978) and John Paul I (1912-1978).

A persistent legend!

         In a letter to the BMJ, a pediatrician at the Hospital for children in Sheffield, England, Edward Snelson believes that the analysis should have included the Popes of the Coptic Church of Egypt.

         "This year saw the death of Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923-2012), the same day that Wales won the Grand Slam," he wrote.
         The patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt had succeeded to  Cyril VI, died in 1971, when Wales was again achieved the Grand Slam.

         "Although we do not understand well the association between these deaths and sporting events", the analysis published in 2008 "created a false sense of security and can pose a risk to the lives of other popes," writes Edward Snelson.

         During a Six Nations Tournament, a team achieves the Grand Slam when she won all his matches.

         Wales has developed and maintained a Christian practices and beliefs tinged with older and its symbol is the dragon of Merlin the Magician. The latter would he cast a spell to the Popes after the massacre of the Druids by the Romans in 61 AD. AD?

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