In 1991 the Popes had a break away faction known as the “Almighty Popes” which were started by 63rd and Oak Park SIPs, and mainly Vittum Park SIPs. The APs and SIPs soon got into disputes and engaged in all out war. The Almighty Popes were helped by the Latin Counts in forming in 1991. The Latin Counts even helped design the new AP gang sign that was a combination of the Latin Count cross and the SIP cross. In 1991 the Latin Counts and Latin Kings went to war and the APs sided with the Counts mostly while the SIPs mainly sided with the Kings, thus, causing the SIPs and Counts to fight.
The Almighty Popes formed as a result of an interr-alliance war within the South side Insane Popes gang on the South side of Chicago. It began as a dispute between five branches of the Insane Popes in 1991. A dispute arose between the 63rd and Oak Park South Side Popes along with the Vittum Park South Side Popes against some other factions of the South Side Popes. Some have claimed that Chris Hamilton the younger brother of Mike Hamilton started the Almighty Popes, but this is not true, no member of this family formed the Almighty Popes (corrections have been made on our SIP page about Russell Hamilton forming the Popes because he did not). In 1991 the Vittum Park Popes broke away and formed their own gang called the “Almighty Popes.” The founders of the Almighty Popes were Martin Lorenzo and Mathew Sopron, and the Climber brothers. The Almighty Popes dropped their colors of black and white and adopted black and grey as their colors. They maintained the cross with the halo above it from the SIPs, but altered it, they added more slashes above their cross, instead of two slashes theirs had five, but changed their initials to “AP.” Because they started out as a part of the Insane Popes, they were able to be a part of the People alliance right away. The APs retained their alliance to gangs like the Latin Kings, Vice Lords, and Twelfth Street Players. They retained their wars with the Two Sixs, Satan Disciples, Ridgeway Lords, and other various Folks. The APs main People nation enemy was the SIPs. The APs may have developed a friendship with the Latin Counts judging by the five slashes in their cross, while the SIPs have been at war with the Counts.
In 1995 the war between the APs and the Ridgeway Lords heated up terribly. This war lead to a devastating shooting that cost the lives of two teenage girls. The story made the news right away. Two members of the Almighty Popes, Eric Anderson (serving life) and Nicholas Morfin (serving life) went up to a van parked on 6400 S. Melvina near Hale elementary and began to shoot at the van as it tried to speed off killing 13 year old Helena Martin and her friend Carrie Hovel as they were sitting in the back seat. They opened fire on the van because they had targeted it before as a Ridgeway Lord van. After the shooting the community was outraged and so were the Chicago Cops people were screaming justice and wanted all Popes locked up. Because law enforcement and the community were ill-informed about the difference between Almighty Popes and Insane Popes, they rained down on both gangs. The SIPs now had to deal with heavy police pressure that caused them to lose sets but it was worse for the APs as they were the slightly smaller gang and had more to lose. In 1998 the two shooters were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, along with them five other APs were to stand trail for “ordering a hit.” Since Matthew Sopron was the leader of the APs and Wayne Antusas was the second in command, both men were locked up for life for ordering the killing, Martin Lorenzo was also handed a sentence. It is very much rumored that Sopron had nothing to do with the shooting. Because of these key incarcerations, the Almighty Popes began to decline severely by 1998, losing turf rapidly and becoming more and more disorganized. Many members went back to the SIPs while other became Vice Lords or Twelfth Street Players. By 2001 the Almighty Popes had completely went extinct.