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Popes

The Pope is the leader of the Catholic Church. Our current Pope is Pope Benedict XVI. He is also the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Christ, himself made his apostle Peter the first Pope shortly before his death as described in Matthew 16:18-19.  And I say to thee: Thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed in heaven. There have been 264 successors to St. Peter making up 265 Popes. When the Pope dies, the college of Cardinals hold a conclave to elect a Pope. When one is elected Pope the words Habemus Papam! are sounded meaning We have a Pope. Also after the death of a Pope, he lies in state for a number of days until burial. Most have been buried beneath St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, including St. Peter himself, whose tomb was discovered under the alter of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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