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monlcer down jackets History cheap moncler jackets of The tradition of taking a new name originated in 553 AD when Pope Mercurius changed his name, becoming cheap moncler Pope John II. He did so as the name ‘Mercurius’ comes from the Roman god Mercury and is therefore pagan. As a result, he felt that it was not appropriate for a pope. John XII (Pope 955 964 AD) also changed his name for the same reasons; his given name was ‘Octavianus’. monlcer down jackets

moncler sale outlet No pope has ever named themselves after the first Pope, Peter. Two men whose birth names were Peter changed their names upon election. They were John XIV (served from 983 984 AD) and Sergius IV moncler jackets outlet (1009 1012 AD). moncler sale outlet

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cheap moncler Choosing a NameThe name is chosen immediately after the Cardinal has accepted his election by his fellow cardinals. The Cardinal Dean first asks him whether he accepts his election. When he agrees, he is asked by what name he would like to be known. The answer should come quickly, especially in the media age, as moncler outlet sale an official announcement is speedily drawn up. cheap moncler

moncler mens jackets Popes are not obliged to change their name the last pope to keep his existing name was Pope Marcellus II who served moncler jacket sale in 1555 but it is traditional. Most moncler sale choose from the names of the previous popes or saints and choose the name to honour a holy figure whom they admire. For example, Pope John cheap moncler jackets sale Paul II chose his name to honour his immediate predecessor John moncler outlet online Paul I, who had died after only 33 days as Pope. The choice can also signal a desire to follow the papal route, as it were, of the namesake. moncler mens jackets

moncler outlet There are other reasons too Benedict XV chose the name as the last pope from his home city had also used it. In the past there were several great families which provided multiple popes. In this case the new pontiff would usually name himself after his kinsman. Popes from religious orders, such as the Benedictine monks, often copied the name of a predecessor who had also been in the same order. moncler outlet

Origins of Some Many if not most papal names come from Latin, which is of course the language of the papacy. Several names, including moncler outlet Innocent, Clement and Pius, refer to desirable character traits. Another popular papal name, Leo, means ‘lion’. Celestine, used to date by five popes, means ‘heavenly’. Sixtus, meaning ‘sixth’ was rather sensibly used by Sixtus I, who was the sixth pope after Peter. Quite why several of his successors chose the same name is not clear. The name of Pope Severinus means ‘austere’ or ‘stern’, while Felix meant ‘happy’ and Boniface meant ‘lucky’. One of the most commonly used papal names, Benedict , means ‘blessed.’ There have been two popes named Adeodatus, which means ‘given from God’.

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cheap moncler jackets TriviaPope John Paul I was the first pope to take two names. He also added the ‘I’ himself. No previous pope had ever added a number to the first use of a papal name. cheap moncler jackets

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