Question of the Day for Friday, July 5, 2013
Q. Why do popes take a new name when elected?
— J.F., Holladay, Utah
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
The practice of taking a new name has its origin in the early Christian practice of the newly baptized disassociating themselves from their pagan identities and invoking the aid of a saint or martyr by taking his or her name.
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/July152013/tabid/8724/Default.aspx