Friday, March 03, 2006

Pope drops one of his nine titles

One thing that most of us in The Criterion's offices love is good Catholic trivia. A question that came up about a year ago was: What are the nine official titles of the pope? The answer was in the offical Vatican Yearbook, which describes the pope as:

-Vicar of Jesus Christ
-Bishop of Rome
-Successor of the Prince of the Apostles
-Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church
-Patriarch of the West
-Primate of Italy
-Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Province of Rome
-Sovereign of Vatican City State
-Servant of the Servants of God

According to a recent Catholic News Service story: "The last time the list of titles was changed was with Pope Paul VI's publication of the 1969 edition of the yearbook, the Annuario Pontificio. Pope Paul added the title 'servant of the servants of God' and deleted the phrase 'gloriously reigning.' "

Now, Pope Benedict XVI has made another change -- he removed one of the titles. Any guesses?

If you want to know which one, and the guesses as to why he did it, follow the link below:

Vatican removes title after pope's name

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