Question of the Day for Friday, July 5, 2013

Papal names

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:

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