August 21 marks the feast day of Pope St. Pius X, who was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto – a very viable birth name for a pope, considering that the position historically has been in large part an Italian one.
Aside from Italian papal predominance, the French and the Greeks have figured most prominently: There have been 15 French popes and a dozen of Greek descent.
Meanwhile, several ethnicities have held the papal position once, and only once …
Pope St. Peter – Galilean (Jewish)
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