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March 26, 2015

Papal Pandemonium: Quarterfinal #6

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Yesterday, you passed over the current Pope in favor of three much-earlier names: Sixtus, Telesphorus, and Simplicius.

Today features our lone double name, alongside a cat, a blue-blanket-carrier, and the bane of men each February (sort of).

You know the drill: pick your top three by midnight Eastern tonight.

Papal Pandemonium quarterfinal 6

Choose your three favorite papal names.

    Vigilius (26%, 8 Votes)

    Valentine (32%, 10 Votes)

    Silverius (29%, 9 Votes)

    Romanus (0%, 0 Votes)

    Marinus (13%, 4 Votes)

    Linus (71%, 22 Votes)

    John Paul (29%, 9 Votes)

    Felix (58%, 18 Votes)

    Eleutherius (39%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Now let’s meet today’s contenders.

Eleutherius (175–189)

Derivation: Greek, free

Allegedly issued a decree against dietary restrictions.

Felix – used 3 times (last: 530)

Derivation: Latin, lucky

269–274 antipope 483–492 526–530 antipope

John Paul – used 2 times (last: 2005)

Derivation: for the preceding two popes, John XXIII and Paul VI

1978 1978–2005

1978 was a Year of Three Popes; John Paul I died 33 days after his consecration. Out of respect, his successor, the first non-Italian since Adrian VI died in 1523, took the same name.

Linus (67–76)

Derivation: Greek, flaxen-haired

Linus was the second pope, after Saint Peter.

Marinus – used 2 times (last: 946)

Derivation: Latin, of the sea

882–884 942–946

Originally known as Martinus II and III due to the similarity of their names.

Romanus (897)

Derivation: Latin, Roman

The nephew of Marinus I. The Prophecy of the Popes says the final pope will be known as Petrus Romanus, or Peter the Roman.

Silverius (536–537)

Derivation: Latin, forester

The legitimate son of Pope Hormisdus (born before the latter entered the priesthood). Starved to death in exile.

Valentine (827)

Derivation: Latin, strong, healthy

Served for two months at the age of 27; a member of the Roman nobility. Distinct from St. Valentine.

Vigilius (537–555)

Derivation: Latin, vigilant

The first pope subject to approval by the Byzantine emperor.

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