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Past Popes

11 Outrageous Popes (And Why We Love 'Em!)

Owen Egerton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Owen Egerton

Stretching back to the Apostle Peter, the papacy has been a near constant superpower that has outlived empires, survived world wars and shaped western history perhaps more than any other office. An incredible list of men have held the highest position of the Catholic church.

The Names We Choose

Trey Lyon | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Most of us don't choose our names. Unless you're P.Diddy, then you get a new one every two years when you re-up your cellphone contract. The names choose us, or are chosen for us.

The Twilight Of Papal Power?

Robert A. Ventresca | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Robert A. Ventresca

For all the imponderables, Benedict's resignation has left the papacy, and the whole of the Church, rather more solidly on terra firma than might at first appear.

Benedict And Beyond: What’s In A Papal Name?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

When the new pope is announced, attention to the name he chooses will give precious insight into the kinds of things he will seek to appropriate from the past, to emphasize in the present, and to prioritize for the future.

The Grand Refusal

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Nostalgic for his student days, Pope Benedict XVI has elected to pass out of history much as he stepped into it: blinking blindly at all the bright lights, never quite certain of how he got there, nor what he was supposed to do with the power he possessed.