At the improving Catholic News Service there is an interesting papal trivia post. Check it out HERE.
As with baseball, the accumulation of small pieces of information can be of critical importance in that moment of greatest need!
Here is the second part of the fun-facts:
Piazzoni also provided a list of “lasts”:
– The last pope who was not a cardinal yet when elected was Pope Urban VI in 1378.
– The last who was not even a priest yet was Pope Leo X.
– The last born in Rome was Pope Pius XII, elected in 1939. (He was also the last serving Vatican secretary of state elected.)
– The last African was Pope Gelasius, elected in 492.
– The last native of Dalmatia, an ancient Roman province, was Pope John IV in 640.
– The last Frenchman elected was Pope Gregory XI, in 1370.
– The last Greek was Pope Zachary in 741.
– The last Englishman was Pope Adrian IV in 1154.
– The last Italian was Pope John Paul I.
– The last Dutchman was Pope Adrian VI in 1522.
– The last Palestinian was Pope Theodore in 642.
– The last Pole was Pope John Paul II in 1978.
– The last Portuguese was Pope John XXI in 1276.
– The last Syrian was Pope Gregory III in 731.
– The last Spaniard was Pope Alexander VI in 1492.
– The last German was Pope Benedict XVI, elected in 2005. It had been 950 years since a German — Pope Victor II — had been elected.