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." They can marry priests but they are required to be celibate during their lifetime.
In fact, it is a long-standing tradition for popes to marry priests because of the importance religion places on marriage. In the early days of Christianity, there were no universities or schools where people could learn about politics or law, so priests needed to be able to teach others about faith and morals. Only men were allowed into priestly orders at that time so marrying priests was the only way these men could serve God and help spread the gospel.
Even after women were allowed into religious orders around 400, it wasn't until 1978 that the last pope permitted by his predecessors to marry was forced to abdicate. Since then, no new pope has been permitted to marry either.
In conclusion, yes, the Pope does have a wife!
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 next, he does have some role in the spiritual lives of those in his diocese. Thus, he can perform weddings for Catholics who are members of other churches or religions.
All priests are ordained bishops and have the authority to marry people. However, because bishops also serve as pastors responsible for directing the affairs of their churches, they will often work with other priests or religious leaders to perform marriages. The Pope, due to his many duties, can only marry a limited number of people each day. He is expected to marry anyone who comes to him for marriage counseling and follows all his recommendations. However, if someone who wants to be married by the Pope refuses to see another priest or religious leader, the Pope has no choice but to refuse them.
In conclusion, no, Popes do not marry.
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 bishops at the time of Pope Celestine III (1191-1216) rejected married priests and established rules prohibiting them.
Since then, no pope has chosen to marry. Although there have been reports of popes being in relationships with other people, this is not considered valid marriage because they have not received permission from their bishop to get married. If any pope did marry without permission, he or she would be subject to excommunication.
In conclusion, yes, the Pope has a son named Pietro.
St. Hormisdas (514–523), Adrian II (867-872), John XVII (1003), and Clement IV (1265–68) were all lawfully married before obtaining Holy Orders, albeit Hormisdas was already a widower at the time of his election. None of them obtained marriage licenses from civil authorities, as was customary at that time.
In addition, three popes have been ordained priests without ever becoming bishop or archbishop: Benedict XIII (1655-61), who was elected but never consecrated; Gregory XVI (1831); and Francis (1926).
The last unmarried Pope was Paul VI (1978-90), who died in bed with no living relatives or friends to claim his body. He is therefore considered one of the "blessed" or "martyred Popes."
In conclusion, yes, it is possible to be married to the Church yet remain single.
Most priests in the Latin Church and other Eastern Catholic congregations are celibate males. Men who are already married may be ordained priests in most Orthodox traditions and in certain Eastern Catholic churches, but priests may not marry after ordination.
In the Russian Orthodox Church, priests can marry but must give up their wives during their periods of retreat. Upon returning from retreat, they are free to choose whether or not to remarry.
In the Serbian Orthodox Church, priests can marry but must give up their wives during their periods of retirement. Upon returning from retirement, they are free to choose whether or not to remarry.
In the Greek Orthodox Church, priests cannot marry but may have sexual relations with their female subordinates. This is considered a sin but one that does not necessarily prevent a person from being a priest. It is usually only younger priests who suffer social exclusion because of this practice.
In the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, priests are allowed to marry once, although many do not. When they take office, they live alone in a monastery until they find someone willing to become their wife. If they divorce, they are still considered holy men and are not barred from ministry.
In the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyivan Patriarchate), priests can marry but must give up their wives during their periods of retreat.