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Vatican newspaper analyzes Pope’s episcopal lineage

Catholic World News - April 19, 2013

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the Benedictine historian Father Mariano Dell’Omo compares the episcopal lineage of Pope Francis to that of other recent popes.

“Pope Francis shares with the greater part of his predecessors on the Throne of Peter,” notes Father Dell’Omo, “from the 18th to the 21st century (from Clement XI to Benedict XVI) the same episcopal genealogy. The first ring in the chain was Cardinal Scipione Rebiba,” who was ordained a bishop in 1541.

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