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"See" comes from the Latin word sedes, which means "seat" or "chair". "Holy See" is Sedes Apostolica (lit. "Apostolic Chair") in Latin. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) gives this etymology for see, n.1: Etymology: < Anglo-Norman see, sed, sied, siet, sez, siez, Anglo-Norman and Old French se, sie, Middle French sie, siet dwelling (c 1100), ...


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What does “see” in “The Holy See” mean? Each bishop and archbishop has the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of an episcopal see. The Roman Pontiff (Pope) has complete jurisdiction of the Holy See, also known as Vatican City. An episcopal see is, in the usual meaning of the phrase, the area of a bishop's ecclesiastical jurisdiction. Phrases concerning ...


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Popes who were legally married either as Pope or before they became clergy and were in fact widowed at the time of their election as Supreme Pontiff are as follows: St. Peter (30/33-64/67) Mother-in-law is mentioned in the Gospel verses Matthew 8:14–15, Luke 4:38, Mark 1:29–31 and who was healed by Jesus at her home in Capernaum. 1 Cor. 9:5 asks ...


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You mention both marriage and celibacy in your question. Since "celibate" means abstaining from marriage and sexual relations: The last documented pope who was married was Pope Honorius IV (1285–1287), married before he took Holy Orders, widowed before entered the clergy. The last documented pope who had sexual relations after receiving holy orders was Pope ...


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The section "Of the Institution of the Apostolic Primacy in blessed Peter" of the First Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ (Pastor Æternus) quotes Matthew 16:18 and related verses: We therefore teach and declare that, according to the testimony of the Gospel, the primacy of jurisdiction over the universal Church of God was ...


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The Pope does not get special treatment in spiritual matters such as Heaven, Hell and Judgement. In other words, if you ask "Would the Pope go to hell if he did this?" the answer will always be the same as "Would a person go to Hell if he/she did this?", assuming other circumstances are the same. As Ken Graham points out, suicide does not automatically ...


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Wikipedia's Four Marks of the Church ... one, holy, catholic and apostolic ... links to One true church which purports to outline the Roman Catholic doctrine -- 7 paragraphs with 15 footnotes which I won't copy-and-paste here. That does mention "Peter" four times, including, The Church recognizes that in many ways she is linked with those who, being ...


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What is the proper title for someone who was a pope and is now a canonized saint. I do not believe there is a single proper way to address a pope who has been canonized. That said, I have seen all four of your examples in usage. There seems to be no official way of doing so either. That said, the most common usage (and the one I prefer the most) is your ...


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Yes, there have been several. Salza & Siscoe's True or False Pope (1st ed.) pp. 7-8: Mirko Fabris (d. 2012), a stand-up comedian from Croatia, was elected by a "Conclave" in 1978 and became "Pope" Krav (his stage name). David Bawden, a seminary drop-out who lives with his mother in a farmhouse in Kansas, was elected "Pope" Michael by six lay people ...


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Why does the pope not wear a biretta? It not only is not part of the Roman Catholic tradition, it would be at odds with the traditions of the Norbertines or White Canons who actually wear a white biretta. The biretta may be used by all ranks of the Latin clergy cardinals and other bishops to priests, deacons, and even seminarians (who are not clergy, ...


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Popes' Coat of Arms and Saint Malachy Prophecy of the Popes No pope chooses his name or coat of arms based on the Prophecies of Popes which are attributed to the Irish St. Malachy. That seems like a reasonable weak reason for a pope to choose his papal name based on St. Malachy’s predictions, to say the least, if not superfluous altogether by some people. ...


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