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Pope John II, who became Pope in 533, was the first to change his name upon taking the Papacy. He did so as his birth name (Mercurius) honored a Pagan god.



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    Peter’s name was originally Simon Bar Jona. Is he not on the list of popes? I guess Jesus changed his name, not Peter.
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