Pope (from the Latin papa, “father”) is the title of Bishop of Rome, who is also the Catholic Church’s supreme leader.Â The word “pope” could be used to also be used on other high church leaders.Â Patriarch of Alexandria still carries the title of Pope, as head of the Maronite Church.Â The Roman Pontiff counted in areas suchÂ The Catholic Church as the Apostle Peter’s successor because Peter is considered the first bishop of Rome.Â The Catholic Church believes that the role and duties given to Peter lives on and has been given to the subsequent bishops in Rome.Â According to the Bible confided Jesus Christ himself, the Church of St. Peter.Â Here in Sweden we have no majority of Catholics, but at least a gang, so therefore we offer some exciting reading about just popes!
10 Facts you Probably did not know about the Popes
01)Â Â One of the previously elected popes became a pureÂ accident.Â In medieval times, the cardinals would often vote for a candidate random during theÂ first papal voteÂ just to see how the other cardinals voted but inÂ 1334Â failed this total when they all happened voted for the same person.Â Talk aboutÂ Benedict XIIÂ was surprised when he was elected pope – quite byÂ accident.
02)Â Â German monks live only onÂ beerÂ during Lent – just because they think it’s soÂ good.Â However, they have at one time been feelingÂ of guiltÂ andÂ sinfulÂ to drink beer, which resulted in that they took the beer to Rome for the Pope’sÂ approvalÂ .Â Pope hated the beverage, resulting in that they are only allowed to drink beer in justÂ fasting.
03)Â Â Three days before Christmas inÂ 1967Â visited the US PresidentÂ Lyndon B. JohnsonÂ PopeÂ Paul VIÂ , in which they exchanged unique gifts.Â While the US president had an amazingÂ paintingÂ from theÂ 1400sÂ by Pope Paul VI, Pope got himself a largeÂ bronze bustÂ depicting Johnson’sÂ head.Â Uhm, generously?
04)Â Â InÂ 1951Â the Pope saidÂ Pius XIIÂ Â to the Big Bang theory is compatible with Catholicism.Â So this was theÂ first popeÂ who recognized that the Big Bang may have taken place, rather that God created the universe.
05)Â If a Catholic priest reveals something someone said to him, any reason at all, he is automaticallyÂ excommunicatedÂ from the Catholic Church and can only be forgiven byÂ the PopeÂ .
06)Â Â PopeÂ FrancisÂ was once aÂ bouncerÂ outside aÂ nightclubÂ before he became pope.Â Talk about changing profession!
07)Â Benedict XVIÂ Â loved flying his ownÂ helicopterÂ as pope, but did not know how the man was driving a car andÂ had no driver’s licenseÂ .
08)Â Â Pius XIIÂ , who often criticized for not speaking againstÂ HitlerÂ , oversaw a rescue networks that savedÂ 860,000Â Jewish lives – more thanÂ allÂ the international organizationsÂ togetherÂ .
09)Â Â The medieval PopeÂ Gregory IXÂ felt that the cats were an â€œincarnation of SatanÂ .”Â This led to aÂ mass deathÂ of the cats, which hadÂ advised the populationÂ to swell, which in their turn accelerated the spread ofÂ the Black DeathÂ .Â Well there.
10)Â Benedict XVIÂ accused of conspiracy to cover upÂ sexual abuseÂ in the United States.Â But the Vatican’s request, granted PresidentÂ George W. BushÂ himÂ immunityÂ from prosecution.