popes Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition  

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Look: Not everyone can pull off candy apple red. Even fewer can get away with the column of white and adornment of pure gold cold-pressed from the teeth of unbaptized orphans. Which Pope of the last 200-someodd years best wore the papal regalia that came with the job? Vote for your faves!

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Pope Francis


Pope Francis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition
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Pope Francis is Pope of the Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio for being the Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is also the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before ...more

Age: 81

Birthplace: Flores, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Pope John XXIII


Pope John XXIII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition
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Pope Saint John XXIII reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained a priest on 10 August 1904 and served in a ...more

Age: Died at 82 (1881-1963)

Birthplace: Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, Italy

Credits: A Man Named John

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Pope Paul VI


Pope Paul VI is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition
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Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1897-1978)

Birthplace: Concesio, Italy

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Pope Pius VII


Pope Pius VII is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition
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Pope Pius VII, born Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti, reigned as Pope from 14 March 1800 to his death in 1823. Chiaramonti was also a monk of the Order of Saint Benedict in addition to being a well known theologian and bishop throughout his life. When he joined his religious order in 1756, he ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1742-1823)

Birthplace: Cesena, Italy

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