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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)

Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 Pope John Paul II ...more

Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Popes
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, ...more

Pope Urban II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Pius XII is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Innocent III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Saint Peter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Gregory IX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope John XXIII is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Pius XI is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Leo XIII is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope John XIV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope John XXII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Gregory I is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Paul VI is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Clement VII is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Clement VII, born Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici, was Pope from 19 November 1523 to his death in 1534.

Pope Alexander VI is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Pius X is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Benedict VI is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope John XXI is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Popes
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. ...more

Pope John XII is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Popes
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 ...more

Pope Gregory V is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Gregory V, né Bruno of Carinthia was Pope from 3 May 996 to his death in 999. He was a son of the Salian Otto I, Duke of Carinthia, who was a grandson of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor. ...more

Pope Gregory III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Gregory III was Pope from 11 February 731 to his death in 741. His pontificate, like that of his predecessor, was disturbed by the iconoclastic controversy in the Byzantine Empire, and by ...more

Pope Stephen VII is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Stephen VII was Pope from February 929 to his death in 931. A candidate of the infamous Marozia, his pontificate occurred during the period known as the Saeculum obscurum.

Pope Pius IX is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Pius IX, born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, reigned from 16 June 1846 to his death in 1878. He was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church – over 31 years. ...more

Pope John Paul I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, reigned 26 August 1978 to his sudden death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent Year of Three ...more