Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Pope firsts

While it's true John Paul II was the first non-Italian Pope in modern times. Here is a list of first non-Italian Popes before 1523 via Wikipedia:

The first French Pope: Pope Silvester II
The frist Engilsh Pope: Pope Adrian IV
The first Portuguese pope: Pope John XXI
First Dutch Pope; last non-Italian Pope until 1978: Pope Adrian VI

There have been 16 French Popes, and three Afican Popes.

Of course you won't see this on the current wall-to-wall coverage on who might be the next Pope. I hope this adds a little context.


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