Has There Always Been a Pope?
Did the Church Always Have a Pope?
Does The Papacy Trace Back to Christ?
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Yes, since St. Peter,
there has always been a pope. The unbroken line of succession since St. Peter
was placed at the head of the Church by Christ has continued for about two millennia (for a list of popes, click
here). [Note: There is necessarily a period of 'sede vacante' (vacant
seat) after the death / abdication / deposition of each pope.]
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