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Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope was called "The Wicked Wasp of Twickenham" for his stinging literary satires of his fellow writers. But Pope also was a poet whose mastery of the heroic couplet has kept him in the cano…

Pope Francis I

Name at birth: Jorge Mario BergoglioCardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis I on March 13, 2013. He succeeded Pope Benedict XVI, who had stepped down a month earlier. Jorge Ma…

The People's Pope

The first pope from Latin America has undeniable charisma Pope Francis Related Links Biography of Pope Francis …

Pope Leo X

Pope Leo X is the Roman pope whose combination of extravagance and neglect helped provoke the Reformation in the sixteenth century. He was born Giovanni de Medici, the second son of Florentine ruler…

Choosing a Pope

Learn how a new pope is selected upon the death or retirement of a sitting pontiff Benedict XVI Related Links Biography of Benedict XVI Major R…

Pope Joan

Considered by most scholars -- and the Catholic Church -- to be merely a legend, the story of a 9th century woman pope named Joan continues to have a hold on the public's imagination. The story, popu…

John POPE

Senate Years of Service: 1807-1813Party: Democratic RepublicanPOPE, John, a Senator and a Representative from Kentucky; born in Prince William County, Va., in 1770; completed preparatory studie…

Pope's Sermon

(A). Only once has a pope been known to preach a sermon in three hundred years. In 1847 a great crowd had assembled to hear the famous Padre Ventura preach in Santa Andrea della Valle, of R…

Pope Joan

Said to have succeeded Leo IV. Gibbon says, “Two Protestants, Blondel and Bayle, annihilated her;” but Mosheim seems half-inclined to believe there was such a person. The vulgar…

Nathaniel POPE

POPE, Nathaniel, a Delegate from Illinois Territory; born in Louisville, Ky., January 5, 1784; attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar; settled in…