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Some surprising Papal firsts

by | Jan 21, 2013 | Church

Who was the first pope to

  • appear on film:
    • Leo XIII, [1878 – 1903] in 1896.
  • make a radio broadcast:
    • Pius XI, [1922 – 1939] c. 1931.
  • have a ‘full-length’ movie made about him:
    • Pius XII, [1939 – 1958], in 1942 the movie called ‘Pastor Angelus‘ (angelic shepard) per the Malachyprophecy for that papacy.
  • speak on TV:
    • Pius XII, [1939 – 1958].
  • allow TV cameras into the Vatican:
    •  John XXIII, 1961 to film a day in the life of  John XXIII
  • fly in an airplane (when pope):
    • Paul VI, [1963 – 1978].
  • use the Internet:
    • John Paul II , [1978-2005]
  • do a question-and-answer (Q&A) on TV:
    • Benedict XVI, [2005 ->] on Good Friday, April 23, 2011
  • make a call to space (at least to talk with other humans):
    • Benedict XVI, [2005 ->] on May 4, 2011 to two Italian astronauts on the International Space Station.

How many could you identify?

Visit the Popes and Papacy web page for more background on these events.


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