List of Famous Popes People

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
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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: age 88
    • Birthplace: Marktl, Germany
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    Pope John Paul II
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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 Jeweller's Shop, Our God's Brother, Tryptyk rzymski
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    Pope Urban II
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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    Pope Pius XI
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    Pope Pius XI, born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, reigned from 6 February 1922 to his death in 1939. He was the first sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state on 11 February 1929. He took as his papal motto, "Pax Christi in Regno Christi," translated "The Peace of Christ in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1857-1939)
    • Birthplace: Desio, Italy
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    Pope Leo XIII
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    Pope Leo XIII, born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, reigned from 20 February 1878 to his death in 1903. He was the oldest pope, and had the third longest pontificate, behind that of Pius IX and John Paul II. He is the most recent pontiff to date to take the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1810-1903)
    • Birthplace: Carpineto Romano, Italy
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    Pope John XIV
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    Pope John XIV was Pope from December 983 to his death in 984. He was the successor to Pope Benedict VII. John XIV was born at Pavia, and before his elevation to the papal chair was imperial chancellor of Emperor Otto II, yet still only the latter's second choice for pope. His original name was Pietro ...more

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    • Birthplace: Pavia, Italy
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    Pope John XXII
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    Pope John XXII, born Jacques Duèze, was Pope from 7 August 1316 to his death in 1334. He was the second Avignon Pope, elected by a conclave in Lyon assembled by King Louis X's brother Philip, the Count of Poitiers, later King Philip V of France. Like his predecessor, Clement V, he centralized power and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1249-1334)
    • Birthplace: Cahors, France
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    Pope Gregory I
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    Pope Gregory I, commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, was Pope from 3 September 590 to his death in 604. Gregory is well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. He is also known as St. Gregory the Dialogist in Eastern Christianity because of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (540-604)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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    Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1897-1978)
    • Birthplace: Concesio, Italy
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    Pope Clement VII
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    Pope Clement VII, born Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, was Pope from 19 November 1523 to his death in 1534.more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1478-1534)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
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    Pope Alexander VI
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    Pope Alexander VI, born Roderic Llançol i de Borja, was Pope from 11 August 1492 until his death. He is the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, because he broke the priestly vow of celibacy and had several legitimately acknowledged children. Therefore his Italianized Valencian surname, Borgia, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1431-1503)
    • Birthplace: Xàtiva, Spain
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    Pope Pius X
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    Pope Saint Pius X, born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was Pope from 4 August 1903 to his death in 1914. He was canonized in 1954. Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox theology. His most important ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1835-1914)
    • Birthplace: Riese Pio X, Italy
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    Pope Benedict VI
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    Pope Benedict VI was Pope from 19 January 973 to his death in 974. His brief pontificate occurred in the political context of the establishment of the Holy Roman Empire, during the transition between the reigns of German emperors Otto I and Otto II, incorporating the struggle for power of Roman ...more

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    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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    Pope John XXI
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    Pope John XXI, born Pedro Julião or Peter Juliani, was Pope from 8 September 1276 to his death in 1277. A Portuguese often identified with Pedro Hispano, he was the only Portuguese pope. He was also the only pope to have been a physician. Because he decided to skip the number XX, the previous pope named ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1215-1277)
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
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    Pope John XII
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    Pope John XII was Pope and ruler of the Papal States from 16 December 955 to his death in 964. He was related to the Counts of Tusculum and a member of the powerful Roman family of Theophylact which had dominated papal politics for over half a century. His pontificate became infamous for the alleged ...more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (937-964)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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