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Countries of the Popes

Name the modern-day countries in whose territory the popes were born.
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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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 70
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 73
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 69
Aug 19, 2016
Nice quiz. I never knew there was a dutch pope
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level 82
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 55
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 63
Aug 19, 2016
Cool quiz! Would've never thought of Syria
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level 58
Oct 6, 2016
I tried Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Iraq but not Syria! Argh! Only one I missed!
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level 67
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 67
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 65
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 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 75
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 75
Oct 6, 2016
Catholicism is a Roman religion.
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level 46
Oct 6, 2016
Very original! Great idea!
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level 43
Oct 8, 2016
Very surprised by Syria where there are three popes was born!
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level 75
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 60
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 38
Mar 18, 2018
Would never have guessed Greece. Thought of it, but then said "Nah, they're Greek Orthodox."
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level 75
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 68
Jul 2, 2018
Too Western World oriented.
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level 59
Mar 7, 2019
Bit too much time for this. Was just typing random countries in the end and got a few more right.