Catholic Trivia (part 2)

This week we remember Pope Benedict XVI, who died on December 31. What better way to honor him with some Catholic trivia? I call this part 2, because we had Catholic trivia before, in the October 15, 2020 newsletter.

Pope Benedict XVI
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  1. 1. Who was the first Pope?
  2. 2. What is the term for the change of bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus?
  3. 3. Who was immaculately conceived?
  4. 4. What is the term for the place where souls go after death, to get ready for Heaven?
  5. 5. Which order did Martin Luther belong to before splitting from the church?
  6. 6. Is the use of contraception a venial or mortal sin?
  7. 7. Although not official church doctrine, what is the term for the place unbaptized babies go upon death?
  8. 8. True or false – The pope has gift of infallibility about matters of faith?
  9. 9. True or false – The Pope cannot sin?
  10. 10. How many Marian Apparitions, as approved by the Holy See, have there been? For extra credit, in which countries were they?
  11. 11. As approved by the local bishop (but not the Holy See), where was the Marian Apparition in the United States?
  12. 12. Who is the patron saint of lose causes?
  13. 13. What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption?
  14. 14. What does the color of the smoke signify in the voting for a new Pope?
  15. 15. What ratio of votes in a Papal Conclave must be present to elect a new Pope?
  16. 16. What is the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary?
  17. 17. What is the name of the garment that looks like a long rug, with a hole for the head, that almost reaches the ground on both front and back (see picture below)?
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  1. 1. Peter
  2. 2. Transubstantiation
  3. 3. The Virgin Mary
  4. 4. Purgatory
  5. 5. He was an Augustinian monk
  6. 6. Mortal
  7. 7. Limbo
  8. 8. True.
  9. 9. False
  10. 10. Six (Mexico, France (3), Ireland, Portugal)
  11. 11. Champion, Wisconsin. The approval was given in 2010 by a bishop in the Diocese of Green Bay.
  12. 12. St. Jude
  13. 13. The Ascension refers to elevation of Jesus into heaven by hit own power. The assumption refers to the Virgin Mary, who was taken to heaven by God’s power.
  14. 14. White = A new pope had been chosen. Black = The votes were not definitive to determine a new pope.
  15. 15. 2/3
  16. 16. Anne
  17. 17. Scapular


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List of Marian apparitions

Papal conclave