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Catholic CrossFit gym lifts Colo. priests

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Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

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‘Free State of Jones’ not just a history flick, but a Bible one

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Masturbation - According to the Bible, is it a sin?

The Bible never explicitly mentions masturbation or states whether or not masturbation is a sin. The Scripture most frequently pointed to in regards to masturba…

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Is Pope Benedict XVI the 264th or 265th pope?

Full Question

After the election of Pope Benedict XVI, some media reports said that he is the 264th pope, while others said he is the 265th. Which is it?

Answer

The popular confusion arises from a failure to distinguish between the number of popes and the number of successors to Peter, the first pope. Pope Benedict XVI is the 264th successor of Peter, which makes him the 265th pope of the Catholic Church.










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