Countries of the Popes

Name the modern-day countries in whose territory the popes were born.
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Last updated: August 19, 2016
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# Popes
Country
212
Italy / Vatican City
16
France
6
Germany
3
Greece
3
Israel
3
Syria
2
Croatia
2
Spain
# Popes
Country
2
Turkey
1
Argentina
1
Libya
1
Netherlands
1
Poland
1
Portugal
1
United Kingdom
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Level ∞
Aug 19, 2016
A couple of notes:
  • We don't know where every pope was born
  • Many popes were born in Rome. Some were probably born in what is today the Vatican. It's impossible to say which are which, so I had to combine Italy and the Vatican
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2016
I am curious about this - is there anyone specifically likely to have been born in the vatican or is this a general statement for all the ones born in Rome?
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Level 77
Oct 6, 2016
Not for all of them I guess, some birth houses must be well documented, inside or outside Vatican, while others were probably born long before modern layout of Rome/Vatican
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Level 72
Aug 19, 2016
Nice quiz. I never knew there was a dutch pope
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Level 86
Aug 20, 2016
Adrian VI - He was elected in 1522 and was the last non-Italian before St John Paul II was elected in 1978.
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Level 56
Sep 13, 2017
^^ wow that's a crazy fact. over 400 years without a non-Italian pope, very interesting
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Level 58
Oct 25, 2017
He was born in Utrecht but lived most of his life around the university and court in Leuven, Belgium.
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Level 64
Aug 19, 2016
Cool quiz! Would've never thought of Syria
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Level 60
Oct 6, 2016
I tried Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Iraq but not Syria! Argh! Only one I missed!
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
"Would have never thought that a pope was born one country away from where Catholicism was founded."
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Level 69
Mar 26, 2020
You're speaking about Syria? The Catholic Church wasn't founded in Israel, if that's what you mean.
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Level 70
Oct 6, 2016
Not one from the Vatican.
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Level 18
Jul 17, 2018
There are many from Vatican..
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Level 68
Oct 6, 2016
I'm from Croatia and had no idea two of the popes were born here. Thanks, Jetpunk!
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2016
Yes, but they were Romans, born before our Croatian ancestors came to this land that is today Croatia. But there is some strong evidence that pope Sixtus V was of Croatian origin, but born in Italy.
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Level 71
Sep 16, 2020
Was there a Sixtus VI?
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Level 47
Oct 6, 2016
Is anyone else surprised that Israel is so low on the rate answered? 54% when I took it
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2016
Since the modern country isn't that old, maybe they didn't think about it from biblical times. I only got it by typing Palestine.
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Level 80
Oct 6, 2016
Catholicism is a Roman religion.
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Level 54
Mar 26, 2020
It does have distant roots in Israel, though. Once I got through the countries near Italy, I went straight there.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
Catholicism started in Israel.
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2020
No, it did not.
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Level 53
Mar 26, 2020
I was also surprised, given that Peter was the first pope.
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Level 51
Oct 6, 2016
Very original! Great idea!
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Level 44
Oct 8, 2016
Very surprised by Syria where there are three popes was born!
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Level 80
Aug 12, 2017
Syria was home to some of the oldest Christian communities in history. Remember Paul was supposedly converted by a vision he saw on the road to Damascus. You know where Damascus is, right?
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Level 69
Aug 12, 2017
The only one i missed was argentina, which i just found out was where pope francis was born in... i really dont know much about religion...
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Level 37
Mar 18, 2018
Would never have guessed Greece. Thought of it, but then said "Nah, they're Greek Orthodox."
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Level 80
Mar 7, 2019
There was a lot of Church history prior to the Eastern/Western split in the early 11th century.
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Level 81
Jul 2, 2018
Too Western World oriented.
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Level 65
Mar 7, 2019
Bit too much time for this. Was just typing random countries in the end and got a few more right.
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Level 37
Dec 13, 2019
The French popes : Sylvester II (999-1003), Stephen IX (1057-58), Nicholas II (1059-61), Urban II (1088-99), Callixtus II (1119-24), Urban IV (1261-64), Clement IV (1265-68), Innocent V (1276), Martin IV (1281-85), Clement V (1305-14), John XXII (1316-34), Benedict XII (1334-42), Clement VI (1342-52), Innocent VI (1352-62), Urban V (1362-70), Gregory XI (1370-78).
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Level 37
Dec 13, 2019
The German popes : Boniface II (530-32), Gregory V (996-99), Clement II (1046-47), Damasus II (1048), Leo IX (1049-54), Victor II (1055-57), Benedict XVI (2005-13).
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Level 66
Dec 28, 2019
I can imagine that one Pope, who was born in UK drinking his afternoon tea in the Vatican :)
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Level 35
Mar 26, 2020
Nice quiz! I missed one because I somehow completely forgot that the UK existed 😂
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Level 65
Mar 26, 2020
Evaristus was born in modern day Palestine.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
Palestine is not considered a country on Jetpunk they just use Israel.
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Level 54
Mar 26, 2020
Even if that was the case it still is incorrect to say he was born in Israel.
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Level 80
Mar 27, 2020
Israel controls the "West Bank" including Bethlehem. When I drove from Jordan over the river to the west, I did not pass through Palestinian customs.
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Level 54
Mar 27, 2020
"Controlling" (a part of) a territory doesn't mean it's part of Israel. Occupations have a status. The US had control of territory in Iraq. That doesn't mean Iraq had been inside the US. Also, please explain why Israel's own military does not consider the West Bank (a fortiori, Bethlehem) a part of Israel.
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Level 77
Apr 23, 2020
Israel considers everything around part of Israel, just on international level they pretend a bit otherwise.
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Level 69
Mar 26, 2020
There is no such place.
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Level 77
Mar 26, 2020
That feeling when the only answer you miss was Turkey because you're an idiot and you said Istanbul.
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Level 66
Mar 26, 2020
Typed*, you mean?
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Level 78
Mar 26, 2020
Source?
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Level 36
Mar 26, 2020
I'd never get Libya.. But got all others
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Level 54
Mar 26, 2020
Tried Morocco; Algeria; Tunisia and Egypt, but decided there was too much desert in Libya - Yeah yeah - the Desert fathers and all that. Thought most of the north africans were Coptic.
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Level 55
Mar 26, 2020
HOW DID ANYONE IN THE WORLD MISS ISRAEL??? WHAT???
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Level 69
Mar 26, 2020
As others have mentioned, Catholicism did not begin in Israel.
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Level 50
Apr 19, 2020
Israel has popes?
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Level 54
Mar 26, 2020
If the one from "Israel" is Pope Evaristus, he was from Bethlehem which is NOT in Israel. It's in the West Bank in Palestine.
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Level 80
Mar 27, 2020
except that's kinda in Israel.
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Level 54
Mar 27, 2020
Do you know how to read a map? Have you seen one of the Middle East?
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Level 43
Mar 30, 2020
Palestine is not a country and never was
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Level 54
Mar 30, 2020
1st of all that is wrong. 2nd, even if true, it still wouldn't make Bethlehem part of Israel. That is false. Look at a map.
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Level 38
Jun 28, 2020
Ugh. Only forgot to guess one Yugoslav country. Croatia...