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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!

Pope Francis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition
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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first to visit the Arabian Peninsula, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina's provincial superior of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 82

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Greater Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, + more

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Pope John XXIII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Wore It Best? Pope Robes Edition
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Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes; Italian: Giovanni; born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963; he was canonized on 27 April 2014. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was one of thirteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained to the priesthood on 10 August 1904 and served in a number of posts, as nuncio in France and a delegate to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. In a consistory on 12 January 1953 Pope Pius XII made Roncalli a cardinal as the Cardinal-Priest of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1881-1963)

Birthplace: Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, Italy

Credits: A Man Named John

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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 (Latin: Paulus VI; Italian: Paolo VI; born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanːi baˈtːista enˈriːko anˈtɔːnjo maˈriːa monˈtiːni]); 26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Montini served in the Holy See's Secretariat of State from 1922 to 1954. While in the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 81 (1897-1978)

Birthplace: Concesio, Italy

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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 (14 August 1742 – 20 August 1823), born Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States 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. Chiaramonti was made Bishop of Tivoli in 1782, and resigned that position upon his appointment as Bishop of Imola in 1785. That same year, he was made a cardinal. In 1789, the French Revolution took place, and as a result a series of anti-clerical governments came into power in the country. In 1796, during the French Revolutionary Wars, French troops under ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 81 (1742-1823)

Birthplace: Cesena, Italy

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