Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A Syrian Pope?

Just like all 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, Aleppo’s Catholics are also eagerly waiting to see who the next Pope will be.
Yesterday I discovered that among the 115 Cardinals currently inside the Sistine chapel electing the Pope, there is one Syrian Cardinal: Ignace Moussa I Daoud, 74, Prefect Emeritus of Oriental Churches. That means that there is a chance (although be it a very slim one) that the next Pope might come from Syria.
I also discovered that throughout history there have been 7 Popes from Syria, and they are:
1- Evaristus (107)
2 - St. Anicetus (155-166) was an inhabitant of Hims, his annual feast day, April 17th
3- John V (685-686)
4- Sergius I (687-701) came from a Syrian family, which had settled at Palermo, Sicily. He introduced into the Latin Liturgy, the prayer "Agnus Dei" at the moment of the breaking of the bread; he also solemnized the celebration of the four principal feasts of the Blessed Virgin: The Nativity, the Purification, the Annunciation, and the Dormition.
5- Sisinnius (708)
6- Constantine I (708-715) was a champion of papal rights against the tyranny of the Byzantine emperors. He was the first to wear the Tiara of Eastern origin.
7- Gregory III (731-741) was a Benedictine of Syrian origin. He was noted for his linguistic abilities and his subtle sense of humor. A great missionary pope, he organized the religious structure of Germany under St. Boniface as Metropolitan. It was he who obtained the political sovereignty of Rome (with himself as temporal ruler) from Pepin the Short. This sovereignty existed until 1870.


Blogger Rami said...

I just noticed that dina has posted the same article two weeks ago:)

April 19, 2005 5:29 PM  
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