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Not that a run of 2 means anything (or Rio is in Argentina like I mistakenly assumed It is just down the road) and given there were hundreds of years of Italian popes to skew this statistic, but it seems like Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI being elected months prior to World Youth Days nearby their countries of origin is not a complete coincidence.

Maybe it is, but just to dispel any possible conspiracies, has there ever been a precedent of electing a Pope to draw attention to an event upon the Pope's "homecoming"?

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I'm pretty sure the answer is "no", but I can't post that as an answer because you can't prove the non-existence of something... logicallyfallacious.com/index.php/logical-fallacies/… –  David Stratton Mar 14 '13 at 4:09
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I'm kind of thinking of Bl. John Paul II being elected specifically to combat communism. But it might be a bigger thing than him. Pope Francis may be the worst thing to happen to secularism in Argentina. People are hopefully going to listen to him and he (God willing) will have some good stuff to say! –  Peter Turner Mar 14 '13 at 5:17
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Related: What is World Youth Day –  Alypius Mar 14 '13 at 5:30
    
Seems a little silly to me to hire a guy for a job until his death just to bring attention to a short term event. I don't think this can be answered either way. What happens behind the closed doors where they decide a new pope is unknown. Your last sentence and your title don't match. I think you should make your last sentence your title as well or I think this non-constructive. –  fredsbend Mar 14 '13 at 5:56
    
For a less positive example, Urban VI was elected because the cardinals feared the reaction of the Roman public ("large gatherings of Catholics"!) if they chose yet another French pope over an Italian. –  James T Mar 18 '13 at 16:29
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