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The Pope Quiz

Answer these questions about the Pope and Famous Popes.
Last updated: January 28, 2018
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Who is the current pope?
Francis
What country was he born in?
Argentina
What country was John Paul II born in?
Poland
Who became the first "Pope Emeritus" in 2013?
Benedict XVI
What country is led by the pope?
Vatican City
What city completely surrounds that country?
Rome
What is considered to be the first pope?
Saint Peter
What is the most common name of popes - having been used 23 times?
John
In what country were most popes born?
Italy
Who was crowned "Emperor of the Romans" by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day, 800 A.D.?
Charlemagne
What war did Pope Urban II call for in 1095?
First Crusade
After the pope, what is the next highest rank in the Catholic church?
Cardinal
What European leader "kidnapped" the pope in 1809 and held him for five years?
Napoleon
Who has guarded the pope since 1506?
The Swiss Guard
What is the name for the meeting at which a pope is chosen?
Papal Conclave
What city in southern France was once the home of the papacy?
Avignon
What is the official residence of the pope?
Apostolic Palace
What dogma says that the pope can't be in error when he makes an
official decision about church doctrine?
Papal Infallibility
What is the term for a motor vehicle used by the pope during public appearances?
Popemobile
What is another term for a papal decree?
Papal Bull
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level 67
Jan 28, 2018
Papal infallibility... Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing... Or they do know?
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level 74
May 22, 2018
Pretty silly to mandate that people believe any man is infallible. Popes, cardinals, messiahs, inventors of deities, and anonymous authors of questionably collated and translated ancient books included.
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level 77
May 22, 2018
Except you, right? You're NEVER wrong...
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level 65
May 22, 2018
Yes. But... I'm a "lapsed catholic" and to be fair, Papal infallibility is one of the most misunderstood RC beliefs. It doesn't mean the pope is always right or that he's good and does no wrong, what it means is that he is "divinely" protected in his role as head of the Church on earth.
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level 74
May 22, 2018
I've been wrong and I readily admit to it when I am, loganite. For many years I was a devout, practicing Christian, for example. Do you want to admit that those other people I listed are also capable of being wrong now? Or are you more comfortable strawmanning me and being a hypocrite?

teke: but... that divine protection refers to how the divine ensures that when the Pope makes an official decree, he is right. So.. it actually does mean the Pope is always right (when making official decrees). How else do you think the divine is protecting the Pope? It's not from bullets, or there would be no Popemobile.
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level 77
May 23, 2018
Clearly I'm right here, and you're wrong. We can see that from the empirical evidence of my six likes to your three, and my level 75 to your measly 72. Joking aside, my point remains the same...just because you say something is silly, doesn't mean it is. You can no more prove that man invented deity than someone else can prove deity invented man.
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level 74
May 25, 2018
So your position is that it's reasonable to assert that human beings can be infallible. Just to be clear, that is what I said that you are disagreeing with and that you people are getting upset about this time.

Big bad evil Kal... had the hubris to suggest that people aren't perfect and can make mistakes!! Oh man! That makes me so MAD! Can't wait to see him get his come uppance! As soon as someone replies just to insult him I'm going to upvote it!
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level 54
Sep 15, 2018
According to Catholic dogma, the Pope can make infallible statements (that are never wrong), but only when he states that what he is saying is infallible. Only one statement has actually been made in this way, and it was that the Virgin Mary was assumed bodily into heaven (by Pope Pius XII in 1950). However the Vatican has also decided that when John Paul II said in 1994 that priests have to be men, his statement was infallible even though he didn't say so. Still, this is obviously two more statements than the number of genuinely infallible statements ever made by anyone.
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level 71
Jan 28, 2018
It is also known as the Papal Palace, Palace of the Vatican and Vatican Palace. The Vatican itself refers to the building as the Palace of Sixtus V
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level 69
Jan 31, 2018
I guessed "papal palace" in desperation, but then I had some sort of spider-sense feeling that "papal palace" actually sounded kind of right!
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level 51
May 22, 2018
Isn't it also called the Lateran Palace?
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level 67
May 23, 2018
I thought Lateran too but I looked it up and it seems that's just his place in a different part of town - presumably for when he gets too drunk to drive home.
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level 69
Jan 31, 2018
Wait… the pope's car is really called the POPEMOBILE?? That's outstanding!
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level 58
Feb 6, 2018
Nana nana nana nana Popemaaaan.
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level 68
May 22, 2018
Popeman and Cardinal
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level 51
May 22, 2018
I think the term "popemobile" came into use with the creation of a bulletproof vehicle, after the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. I remember at the time, as a young Protestant teen, I thought it was a pretty cool name - one of the little things that helped create a more personal connection between that pope and the people.
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level 70
Feb 1, 2018
Ugh, couldn't recall the English term for the guards, and somehow my eyes skipped right over the conclave question. I think I would have gotten that one. Some cool facts in there.
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level 67
May 22, 2018
I have that problem of just not seeing questions sometimes. It's caused me to miss a few that I definitely know the answers to... not this time, though.
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level 75
May 22, 2018
Shouldn't Bergoglio and Ratzinger be acceptable answers for #1 and #4? They still are the same person. Just asking because I can never remember the German's papal name. I couldn't even do it when he was the pope.
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level 74
May 23, 2018
Cardinal Rat Fingers, Pope Palpatinius, and maybe Darth Sidious should all work, as well.
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level 49
May 23, 2018
I'm a 'good Catholic' but have always gotten a kick out of Ratzo's resemblance to Palpatine.
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level 74
May 25, 2018
Unlimited.. POWER!!!
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level 59
Jun 28, 2018
Hooray for us cardinals!
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level 54
Sep 15, 2018
There have only been 21 Pope Johns. John XIV and John XX did not exist.