Having said that, there are plenty of predictions for 2023 to be made. They include the possibility of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia, as well as a revolution and cannibalism. The following list includes some of the most popular predictions for the year ahead.
Nuclear war between the United States and Russia
Despite the pause in dialogue on arms control, the US and Russia are edging closer to a nuclear showdown. The most recent round of talks between the two nations was held after Russia attacked Ukraine. During this time, the United States deployed RS-135s Cobra Ball spy planes near the Russian border, which track the activities of ballistic missiles.
While the INF Treaty banned nuclear weapons on land and sea, the New START Treaty, which was supposed to expire in 2026, limits each country’s strategic nuclear arsenal to 1,550 warheads on 700 delivery vehicles.
The question of whether Russia will go nuclear has been on the minds of many commentators. Lawrence Freedman, an Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King’s College London, said that Washington would know if Moscow was preparing to use nuclear weapons. But, he added, there was no proof that Russia was implementing such a plan.
The United States has been taking steps to discourage the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine. The government has released public service announcements about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and it has announced that it will buy $300 million in anti-radiation drugs.
While the US has not yet outlined a specific response, President Joe Biden has urged that both countries engage in formal arms control negotiations. Bonnie Jenkins, the undersecretary of state for arms control, wants to limit the number of new Russian nuclear weapon systems that can be fielded beyond 2026.
Pope Francis will be the last true pope
Speculation has increased over the last few months that Pope Francis will resign, but his departure hasn’t been confirmed. In fact, the Argentine pontiff has been making major trips to several countries this year. This has made it difficult to confirm news stories.
The Holy See is a sovereign entity by international law. It is recognized by international organizations and has diplomatic relations with many independent states. It has a large cultural influence on 1.3 billion Catholics. However, its claim to authority is disputed by other churches.
Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the pontificate in 2013 after six years in office. After the resignation, the next conclave will elect a successor for Francis. Some cardinals will be eligible to vote in the conclave to select a new pope.
There are a number of reasons that a pope could resign, including a change in health or mobility. But there are compelling theological reasons for a pope to remain in office until his or her death. In addition, a number of rival power centers are growing, and a pope whose tenure is short may wish to stay on in order to prevent the proliferation of rival power centers.
The synodality process is a key part of the long-term goal of making the church more inclusive. The pope is attempting to shift the Church back to its pastoral roots, while at the same time taking steps to ensure its legacy.