#97208. Asked by Baloo55th. (Jul 03 08 2:13 PM)
There has never been a Pope John XX, because the 20th pope of this name, formerly Petrus Hispanus, decided to skip the number XX and to be counted as John XXI instead. He wanted to correct what in his time was believed to be an error in the counting of his predecessors John XV through XIX.
That must be somewhere around the record for answering with a reference.... Quite right - he hasn't died because he never lived in the first place. The early popes are fascinating to look into - they make some of the secular monarchies look quite tame at times.
Jul 03 08, 2:26 PM
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