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List of Famous Popes

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List of the most notable and famous Popes in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent Popes worldwide and top Popes in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable Popes to the lesser known Popes in history and today, these are the top Popes in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous Popes in the world?". These people, like Pope Adeodatus I and Pope Zosimus include images when available. You're able to copy this factual list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you use regularly. (263 Items)
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    Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II and was inaugurated on 24 April 2005. Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger ...more

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    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Marktl, Germany
    • Credits: Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica, Kulturzeit, Tmár a jeho rod aneb Slzavé údolí pyramid
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    Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1920-2005)
    • Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland
    • Credits: The Papal Chase, Our God's Brother, The Jeweller's Shop, Philomena
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    Pope Urban II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Pope Urban II, born Otho de Lagery, was Pope from 12 March 1088 to his death in 1099. He is best known for initiating the First Crusade and setting up the modern-day Roman Curia in the manner of a royal ecclesiastical court to help run the Church. Pope Gregory VII named him cardinal-bishop of Ostia ca.more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1042-1099)
    • Birthplace: Lagery, France
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    Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, reigned from 2 March 1939 to his death in 1958. Before his election to the papacy, Pacelli served as secretary of the Department of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, papal nuncio to Germany, and Cardinal Secretary of State, in which ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1876-1958)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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    Pope Innocent III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Pope Innocent III reigned from 8 January 1198 to his death. His birth name was Lotario dei Conti di Segni, sometimes anglicised to Lothar of Segni. Pope Innocent was one of the most powerful and influential popes. He exerted a wide influence over the Christian regimes of Europe, claiming supremacy over ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1161-1216)
    • Birthplace: Gavignano, Italy
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    Saint Peter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Church. The Catholic Church considers him to be the first Pope, ordained by Jesus in the "Rock of My Church" dialogue in Matthew 16:18. The ancient ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bethsaida, Syria
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    Pope Gregory IX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Pope Gregory IX, born Ugolino di Conti, was Pope from 19 March 1227 to his death in 1241. He is known for instituting the Papal Inquisition, a mechanism that severely punished people accused of heresy, in response to the failures of the episcopal inquisitions established during the time of Pope Lucius ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1145-1241)
    • Birthplace: Anagni, Italy
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    Pope John XXIII is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Popes
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    Pope Saint John XXIII reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained a priest on 10 August 1904 and served in a number ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1881-1963)
    • Birthplace: Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, Italy
    • Credits: A Man Named John
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