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Season 1 Episode 12.29.05

The Mystery of Pope Joan

Aired Unknown Dec 29, 2005 on ABC
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The Mystery of Pope Joan
Investigate the legend of Pope Joan with Diane Sawyer. In the ninth century, did a woman do the unimaginable -- disguise herself as a man and win the throne of the Catholic Church? The legend of Pope Joan, who historians say called herself Pope John Anglicus, is supported by clues in several examples of art and architecture found in Italy. But did a female Pope really live and reign for 2.5 years, before she went into childbirth in the middle of a papal procession? Diane Sawyer explores her existence, which is described in church chronicles. Some say there are clues all over Europe, including the Vatican itself.moreless

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