You must study many languages, go to confession, meet with leaders of state, lead mass services, and stay celibate. This means that the straightforward answer to the question posed in the title of this article is "no, Popes do not marry."
However, it should be noted that there is no prohibition against priests marrying under certain circumstances. For example, a priest may enter into a religious marriage with another priest if both parties consent. Also, a priest may enter into a civil marriage with a woman who is not his wife under certain circumstances (for example, if he is ordained for life). However, it is important to understand that once a priest enters into a religious or civil partnership with someone, he cannot then enter into another union with the same person.
In conclusion, a Pope can never be married because there is no possibility of being married when you are Pope. However, a Pope can have other relationships including marriages within the Church after he has retired.
Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, has been praised for his humility and contemporary approach to the papacy, breaking with norms supported by popes for over a century. However, because Francis is a pastor first and a bishop second, he does have some role in the governance of the church based on the fact that he is an ordained priest. Thus, he can celebrate weddings if required by law or church tradition.
In addition to being pope, Francis is also Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was appointed by Benedict XVI in 2005 and took office the next year. Before his appointment as pope, Francis was known for his humble lifestyle and soft-spoken manner. During his tenure as Archbishop, he has continued in this vein but has also demonstrated openness to new ideas and a desire to be more transparent about what happens within the Vatican bureaucracy.
As part of his role as shepherd of the church, the Pope makes pastoral visits to countries all over the world. In April 2014 it was reported that he would make a visit to the United States later in the year. The Pope will travel to Washington, D.C. before heading to Boston, Massachusetts where he will stay at a private residence. It is expected that during his visit he will speak about issues such as poverty, war, climate change, and religious tolerance.
Other exceptions to Catholicism's celibacy requirement are permitted by the church. Marriage is permitted in the clergy in Eastern European rites that respect the authority of the pope. In addition, Francis' predecessor, Benedict XVI, allowed married Anglican pastors to become priests after conversions in 2009. The Vatican has not explicitly said whether or not Benedict XIX abused his power in making this exception to the rule.
Generally speaking, no, popes cannot marry themselves out of reverence for the papal office and its duties. However, some early Roman Catholics did marry members of the clergy outside of official ceremonies because they were not given a choice about who would be their spiritual leader.
In the 11th century, an Austrian priest named Henry II, elected Pope, was so troubled by the practice of clerical marriage that he outlawed it. The law didn't last long though, as it wasn't implemented by his successor, Alexander II.
In the 14th century, another priest from Austria named Martin V did issue a decree banning clerical marriages but again, it had little effect on the reality of the situation.
As for other examples of popes marrying before Henry II or Martin V -- there aren't any. Celibacy is required for bishops as well as priests.
Prior to ordination, priests may marry, but not after. If their husband dies, they are not permitted to remarry. Bishops are also chosen from the ranks of the celibate clergy. The great majority of Roman Catholics, however, adhere to the Western or Latin Rite. It is this group that includes most European countries as well as the United States.
The Eastern or Byzantine Rite exists in Russia, Ukraine, and other areas where Catholicism has been established for many years. This rite is still used by some Greek-Catholic communities in central and eastern Europe who have not adopted the reforms of Vatican II.
In addition to being married men before being ordained, Eastern Catholic priests must also be unmarried men during their lifetime. When a priest dies, his duties are usually passed on to another priest within his community. However, if he has no son or family member willing to assume the priesthood, then a bishop can choose someone else from within the church to fill the position.
Since bishops are also required to be celibate, this leaves the vast majority of priests as single men in their late 20s or early 30s. Even though it is possible for priests to retire after a certain number of years, the need for new priests means that few reach this point. Instead, they are expected to remain active in the ministry even while aging.
Because the Pope is a priest and has taken a vow of celibacy, having children would constitute a breach of his vows. Before becoming priests, some priests were married and had children. However many churches require their priests to be single when they take up their posts.
However, this doesn't mean that the Pope can't become friends with someone else who is married with children. Many great leaders have done so. For example, Winston Churchill was married with three children. Yet he was a very close friend of King George VI of England who was also married with children.
In addition, it's been reported that John Paul II was married once during his marriage divorce years before he became pope.
As for Francis, there have been reports that he has a son named Antonio who was born back in 1953. However, this hasn't been confirmed by any official source so we can't say for sure if this is true or not.