Circles with Same Poles are Parallel

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Let $S$ be a sphere.

Let $C$ and $D$ be circles on $S$ (either great circles or small circles).

Let $C$ and $D$ both have the same pair of poles.

Then $C$ and $D$ are parallel.


Let the poles of $C$ and $D$ be $A$ and $B$.

$C$ and $D$ each lie embedded in a plane.

Both of these planes by definition are perpendicular to $AB$.

The result follows from Planes Perpendicular to same Straight Line are Parallel.