Some SPECIAL POPES

Peter

• Was chosen by Christ as the of the written in Chapter . • Took the lead in selecting a replacement for

as .

• Was the first bishop of and of the entire Catholic Church. • Our Lord spoke to St. Peter entrusting the Church to him with these words: “I will give unto thee the of the of . .”
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Gregory The Great

• Given credit for codifying Western plainchant known today as . . . • The first of the popes to come from a background. • He is the patron saint of , , , and . . • Was declared a saint immediately after his death by "popular . . ." • In his official documents, Gregory was the first to make extensive use of the term " of the Servants of God" (servus servorum Dei) as a papal title.

Leo the XIII

• Was the first Pope to fully embrace the concept of Mary as . ." as the official • Revived the theology of St.

philosophical and theological system of the Catholic Church. • Ordered that special prayers be recited after mass throughout the world adding the prayer to St. known today as the " . Collectively, these are Prayers” and are only recited at the
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end of Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form since 1964.

Pius X

• He followed the example of Leo XIII by promoting . . .as the principal philosophical method to be taught in Catholic institutions. • Vigorously condemned and that he regarded as dangers to the Catholic Faith. • Pius X's devotion to the Eucharist would eventually earn him the honorific of "Pope of the ." • He recommended that the first Communion of children should not be deferred too long after they had reached the of .

Benedict XVI

• Was known as serving as Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 to 2005. • He was the 9th Pope • On 19 April 2005, Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on the second day of the after four ballots. At the balcony, Benedict's first words to the crowd, given in Italian before he gave the traditional et blessing in Latin, were:
“Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with insufficient instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help, let us move forward. The Lord will help us, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side. Thank you.”

• On 7 July 2007, Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio , declaring that upon "the request of the faithful", celebration of Mass according to the Missal of (commonly known as the Mass), was to be more easily permitted.
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  ANSWER KEY
Saint Peter • • • • Was chosen by Christ as the Chief of the Apostles as written in Matthew Chapter 16 Took the lead in selecting a replacement for Judas Iscariot Was the first bishop of Rome and Chief Pastor of the entire Catholic Church Our Lord spoke to St. Peter entrusting the Church to him with these words: “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

Pope St. Gregory I (The Great) • • • • • Given credit for codifying Western plainchant known today as Gregorian Chant The first of the popes to come from a monastic background. He is the patron saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers. Was declared a saint immediately after his death by "popular acclamation". In his official documents, Gregory was the first to make extensive use of the term "Servant of the Servants of God" (servus servorum Dei) as a papal title.

Pope LEO XIII (1878-1903) • • • Was the first Pope to fully embrace the concept of Mary as mediatrix. Revived the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas as the official philosophical and theological system of the Catholic Church. Ordered that special prayers be recited after mass throughout the world adding the prayer to St. Michael. Collectively, these are known today as the "Leonine Prayers” and are only recited at the end of Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form since 1964

Pope St. Pius X • • • • He followed the example of Leo XIII by promoting Thomas Aquinas as the principal philosophical method to be taught in Catholic institutions. Vigorously condemned modernism and relativism that he regarded as dangers to the Catholic Faith. Pius X's devotion to the Eucharist would eventually earn him the honorific of "Pope of the Blessed Sacrament," He recommended that the first Communion of children should not be deferred too long after they had reached the age of reason.

Pope Benedict XVI • • Was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger serving as Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 to 2005. On 19 April 2005, Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on the second day of the papal conclave after four ballots. At the balcony, Benedict's first words to the crowd, given in Italian before he gave the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing in Latin, were:

“Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and to act even with insufficient instruments comforts me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, confident of his unfailing help, let us move forward. The Lord will help us, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, will be on our side. Thank you.” • • He is the 9th German Pope On 7 July 2007, Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, declaring that upon "the request of the faithful", celebration of Mass according to the Missal of 1962 (commonly known as the Tridentine Mass), was to be more easily permitted..

 

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