Tuesday, September 29, 2015 2:18 AM

Catholic News Service

Pope Francis arrives at a school in New York and hams it up with students.
Pope Francis was elected as the 266^{th} pope of the Catholic Church on 13 March 2013. Note that half of 266 equal 133 and interestingly enough, 133 in day-month date format represents 13-3 (13 March), the day when Pope Francis became the pope. In addition, the product of the digits of 266 yields 2 x 6 x 6 = 72 and guess what, the 72^{nd} day of 2013 is also 13 March! Wow!

Pope Francis was born in 1936, which equals the square of palindrome number 44. In addition, he turned into palindrome ages 55 and 66 in palindrome years 1991 and 2002. He also turned into palindrome ages 11, 22, 33, 44 and 77 in years 1947, 1958, 1969, 1980, and 2013, where if each of these year numbers are split in the middle, the sum of the left- and right-sides of each yield palindromes 66, 77, 88, 99, and 33, respectively. (Also, 20 and 02, which make up 2002, add up to 22.) Similarly, Pope Francis’s 88

The next palindrome year 2112 will mark Pope Francis’s 176

The digits of Pope Francis’s birth date 17-12 add up to 11, another palindrome. In addition, 1712 equals 16 times 107, where 16 plus 107 is 123, which have prime factors 3 and 41, which add up to 44. Also, 17 square minus one equals twice 12 square.

This year, Pope Francis will turn 79 where 79 is the 22

In Spanish, Pope Francis is written as Papa Francisco. Again, if numbers 1 to 29 are assigned to the letters of the Spanish alphabet, the numbers assigned to the letters of “Francisco” add up to palindrome 101 and the sum of the numbers assigned to “Papa Francisco” equal to palindrome 141. Also, 1712 and 2015 (which together make up Pope Francis’s 79

Pope Francis is the 266

If numbers 1 to 26 are assigned to the letters of the English alphabet, the sum of the numbers assigned to the letters of “Pope” and “Francis” are 52 and 70 respectively. Note that Pope Francis was born on the 352

Pope Francis’s 235

March 13 (the day Pope Francis was elected as the pope) can also be expressed as 13-03, or simply 1303, and this number is “secretly” connected to Pope Francis and his birth date 17-12-1936. How? First, 1303 is the 213

Lastly, if the digits of Pope Francis’s birthday 17121936 are numbered from left to right as 1 to 8, and if 17121936 is split into two four-digit numbers such that one number consists of the odd-numbered digits of 17121936 as 1113 and the other its even-numbered digits as 7296, interestingly enough, half of the second number (7296) equals 3648 = 1712 + 1936, that is, the sum of the left- and right-halves of 17121936. Also, 1113 plus its reverse yields 4224, and 4224 divided by the sum of its digits results in 352. Isn’t this fascinating?

** The writer is professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland.**