EWTN Catholic Q&A
Names of Popes
Question from John M on 04-19-2005:

How & why do Popes choose their papal names?

Thanks

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 04-26-2005:

It is entirely a free choice. Each's reason would be different. Pope Benedict XVI said his choice was in deference to St. Benedict, and to Pope Benedict XV.



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