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Unit 1: Why Do Popes Change Their Name?


Why Do Popes Change Their Name?

Film Focus Point: This segment reviews the reasons why popes traditionally change their names upon election and some factors that are considered in doing so. The comments made toward the end of the program are particularly poignant in light of the election of Pope Francis.

Text Focus Point: Pages 18-31

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the biblical connections to the tradition of men changing their names when elected pope?
  2. What factors does a new pope consider in selecting a name?

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