An already tense relationship between the world’s two most powerful Argentines became more so recently when the pope rejected a sizable charitable donation to an organization he backs from Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri. The reason? In addition to possible concerns over the donation’s political overtones, a communication from the pope to the office of the nonprofit, according to the Vatican Insider, had a postscript: “I don’t like the 666.”
The proposed amount of the donation was 16,666,000 Argentine pesos, or about $1.2 million to Scholas Occurentes. The strange specificity of the sum, which contains the number many superstitiously believe can invoke the Antichrist, left some wondering whether the donation was really a troll of presidential proportions.
Macri and the pope, who used to be the archbishop of Buenos Aires, hold differing views on matters of policy, especially the austerity measures that center-right Macri has introduced to stave off critical levels of inflation. An article recounting Macri’s trip to the Vatican in February was headlined “Pope gives Macri a frosty 22 minutes.”
In the world of Vatican reporting you never quite know the truth. But this is what Vatican Insider at lastampa.it is reporting. It certainly seems it is possible that this is epic trolling by Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.
Now since it is the Washington Post covering the story you can expect some ignorance.
The strange specificity of the sum, which contains the number many superstitiously believe can invoke the Antichrist,…
Yes most Christians believe saying the number might accidentally invoke the Antichrist, just like saying Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror. Doh!
Pope rejects Argentine president’s donation of 16,666,000 pesos because of the ‘666’ part
Of course that’s only true when writing in base ten, and if you believe in psephy… hee hee.
Maybe someone ought to donate a sum using the digits 801, which of course is the number of Christ using the old Greek notation:
omega = 800
Though the quote in Apocalypse/Revelation actually says I am the “O” (big omega) which is NOT spelled out as the alpha is; though the Greeks did say their alphabet like that. More on this in an upcoming monograph.
(I can cite the ref for this – I think “Encyclopedia of Early Christianity” – but am away from my books just now.)