How does a new pope get his name?


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Can anyone tell me how/when the new Pope will get a new name? Does the newly elected Pope choose his own name? Or is it given to him by the conclave?


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[quote=Michelle in KC]Can anyone tell me how/when the new Pope will get a new name?
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Should the new Pope choose to take a new name (it’s not required that he do so), he chooses it for himself after accepting his election. The custom of choosing a new name is thought to date to Pope John II, who chose “John” as his papal name because his birth name, “Mercurius,” was the name of a pagan god.


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