What recent Popes were converts?


#1

Of the last ten Popes or so, how many of them were not born Roman Catholic (or even Christian) but converted in their lives?


#2

I don’t think any of them were converts, although I have a sneaking suspicion that St Pius X’s father, who wasn’t a native-born Italian, was also a convert - but don’t quote me on that.


#3

I am almost positive that only St. Peter and St. Linus were the only converts, perhaps even the third Pope(forget his name). Someone will probably correct me on this, oh well i like new information


#4

Aw, really? That’s a shame.


#5

St. Anacleatus (or Cleatus), as in “We honor Linus, Cleatus, Clement, …”


#6

Well, the vast majority of Catholics ARE cradle Catholics and not converts. It stands to reason the vast majority of Popes would be cradle Catholics too. :shrug:


#7

Perhaps they should elect a convert to the papacy next time!


#8

Oh right the optional part that we never hear anymore…


#9

They say it in our parish. It is long, and one of our older priests always takes a deep breath before saying all of those names (including the saint our church is named after, which is at the tail end).

Anyway, you could look at a list of popes and read their biographies. I’m not sure which ones were converts, but you might be able to find out in that list.


#10

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