Pope Francis vs. Pope County Illinois


How well do you really know Pope Francis? Read the quotes below and see if you can guess whether they were said by Pope Francis or Pope County, Illinois.

“To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.”

If you guessed “Pope Francis,” you’re right! This was one of the most powerful lines from Pope Francis’ remarks to Congress during his visit to the U.S.

“I’m glad that you stopped to take a look at Pope County’s Website!”

Believe it or not, this quote was taken directly from the Pope County, Illinois, web site.

“I ask them not to yield to an economic model which is idolatrous, which needs to sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.”

You’re probably guessing that this is the slogan of the Pope County Chamber of Commerce. But no: it’s actually a line delivered by Pope Francis while visiting South America in early 2015.

“Of the many places to indulge in a fine cooked meal in Pope County, Illinois, a few are listed below.
– The Dari Bar
– Shawnee Restaurant and Lounge
– Bear Branch Log Cabin Restaurant
– Subway”

Did this sound like a line from Pope Francis’s address to the United Nations General Assembly? Good guess, but it’s actually another quote from Pope County, Illinois!

“The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual consciousness.”

Although Pope County, Illinois has long held the position that the question of truth is really a question of memory, this particular quote comes from Pope Francis’s Lumen Fidei: Enciclica sulla Fede

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OK, I think we all know who said this one. Get your act together, Pope County!