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Vote for favorite or most favorable recent pope

John Paul II
Benedict XVI
Francis I
Paul VI
John XXIII
Pius XII

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Offline Surnaturel

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Just for fun, let us know which pope you connected with the most.

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I don't think it's fair to include Pope Francis on that list; he's only just begun whereas we at least can decisively make a conclusion about Pope Benedict's pontificate, which has itself concluded.

Based on my very limited knowledge of the popes of this century (I was born in '88), I'd have to say I'm most connected to Pope Benedict XVI. While he didn't have the charisma and globe-trotting savvy of Pope John Paul II, I thought he did much to preserve the orthodoxy within the Roman Catholic Church. He maintained good relations with the Eastern Orthodox Church and expressed genuine but realistic yearnings for unity. I think he was just the pope that Rome needed, and I was pleasantly shocked to find out that he was willfully retiring. I think he realized his own limits, especially those exacerbated by his failing health, and chose what was right for the people to whom he's accountable. That's pretty admirable when you're the most powerful religious leader in the world.

I pray that his remaining years bring him closer to God.
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Hey lovesupreme, tha is for the response. I questioned whether I should include Pope Francis since it is not possible to make a determination but I did just for the fact that he is our current pope. I agree with defy thing you said about Benedict XVI, his theology, his silent suffering meeting with victims of sex abuse around the world with no publicity or media allowed, etc.

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Pope Benedict XVI. I enjoyed his lectures on the Fathers.
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HH Pope Benedict XVI for sure, but with great love & admiration for HH Pope John Paul II as well. I'm so far very impressed with HH Pope Francis.

During these difficult times, the Catholic Church has been very blessed to have these three men as Popes.
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Definitely Pope Benedict XVI.

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Wait, I don't see Pope Shenouda III on the list.  ;D
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Benedict XVI was the most orthodox Pope in centuries. And therefore the most revolutionary and creative. A seminal figure in the history of Christendom.
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I'm going to say Pope Francis because he is the first Latin American to really rise to that position and I find it inspirational. I think (or at least hope) that he will do more to help South and Central America's problems instead of just focusing on Europe like many Popes have.
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Benedict XVI. My interest in Catholicism declined considerably after his resignation.
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Pope Benedict XVI, who did so much to improve the state of liturgy in the Roman rite.

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Pope Benedict XVI, who did so much to improve the state of liturgy in the Roman rite.
I have to agree on that point. If you read his 'Spirit of the Liturgy' he hints at his plan for bringing back the Tridentine Rite which is brilliant. It is no secret that he had an affection for the Latin mass even though there was some things that he personally didn't like. In any case, he had hoped, and prob still is hoping, that as RC priests are once again trained in both rites, that elements of the Tridentine Rite will bleed into the Novus Ordo, organically, much like the Divine Liturgy and the Tridentine mass originated. I have already noticed it at my parish where incense are used ever Sunday and two Latin hymns are sung each mass, and we still get to listen to the homily in the vernacular which is prob the best part of the Novus Ordo.

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Benedict XVI was the most orthodox Pope in centuries. And therefore the most revolutionary and creative. A seminal figure in the history of Christendom.

This. 
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Blessed John Paul II.

I'm of Polish ancestry so that one is obvious. Seriously though, I feel that he was a very good Pope. I admired his respect for the Eastern churches and his attempts to make amends for offenses done in the name of Catholicism toward the Orthodox, Muslims, and Jews. I also greatly respect his call for Eastern Catholics to restore their own traditions and getting rid of Latinizations.

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Pope Benedict.

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Pope Benedict (I like his liturgical views - although I am disappointed that he had very little impact on the celebration of the Mass in the Latin diocese where I live).
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I'm sorry you didn't include Pope John Paul I on your list; the gentle "smiling Pope" of 30 days is still my personal favorite.  :)



(and Pope Francis actually reminds me a lot of him.)
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and we still get to listen to the homily in the vernacular which is prob the best part of the Novus Ordo.

I don't think that pre-Vatican II masses had Latin homilies. One could hardly expect every parish priest to be a Cicero or a Quintilian.
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I'm sorry you didn't include Pope John Paul I on your list; the gentle "smiling Pope" of 30 days is still my personal favorite.  :)



(and Pope Francis actually reminds me a lot of him.)

All the comparisons people were making between Francis and John Paul I drove me to the Vatican website to read whatever homilies and speeches he was able to make in his month long reign.  Very inspiring words, powerful in their simplicity...I can only imagine the person and what his pontificate would've accomplished. 
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Benedict XVI was the most orthodox Pope in centuries. And therefore the most revolutionary and creative. A seminal figure in the history of Christendom.

He was definitely the most orthodox-friendly.  His was a scholarly and brilliant mind that, I'm sorry to say, the Vatican may well not see again.
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“If investments in the banks fail, ‘Oh, it’s a tragedy,’ ” he said, speaking extemporaneously for more than 40 minutes at a Pentecost vigil last weekend, after a private audience with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the architect of Europe’s austerity policies. “But if people die of hunger or don’t have food or health, nothing happens. This is our crisis today.”

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