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(RNS) What are the firsts and lasts, quirks and facts of papal history that you should know about? There are plenty, and Religion News Service has compiled a handy guide.


  1. Is the silver hammer deal still going on where the dead pope gets a couple hammer knocks in the noggin to see if he is really dead? (Bang bang maxwells silver hammer came down on his head….)

  2. Mr. Gibson, your headline “Everything you need to know about Popes & Conclaves” was misleading. I don’t NEED to know anything regarding Popes & Conclaves. I did not read your story but your headline was obnoxiously prominent on the front page of our city’s Religion Section.

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