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How much do you know about the popes?

The pope is considered by Roman Catholics to be the earthly head of the church. (Jesus, of course, is the ultimate head.) Pope Francis, the current pope, is number 266. All but a handful of popes have been holy men but there have been a handful who were anything but. Let’s see what you know about the men who held this office.

  • Question of

    Peter the Apostle was the first pope. Who was the second?

    • Linus
    • Anacletus I
    • Clement I
    • Evaristus
  • Question of

    Of the following four popes, which one is considered to be beata (the last step before being canonized as a saint)?

    • Pius XII
    • John XXIII
    • Paul VI
    • John Paul II
  • Question of

    Which is not a title used of the pope?

    • Bishop of Rome
    • Servant of the Servants of God
    • Vicar of Christ
    • Vicar of the Son of God
  • Question of

    Men who claim to be pope but are not are known as antipopes.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    The pope is considered to be infallible (unable to make an error) on any topic.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Pope Benedict IX, one of the not-so-holy popes, became pope when he was 12 years old.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Pope Stephen VII put Pope Formosus, his dead predecessor, on trial for heresy.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    When asked how many people worked at the Vatican, this pope answered “About half.”

    • Pius XII
    • John XXIII
    • Paul VI
    • John Paul II
  • Question of

    This pope allegedly had a vision of a 100 year period of unprecedented evil to come.

    • Pius IX
    • Pius X
    • Leo XIII
    • Benedict XV
  • Question of

    Urban VII holds the record for the pope with the shortest reign. How long was he pope?

    • 8 days
    • 13 days
    • 17 days
    • 21 days

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