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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 Benedict XVI 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 ...more

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

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

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

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Pope Stephen VII is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Stephen VII 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 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 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

Pope Innocent VIII is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Innocent VIII Pope Innocent VIII, born Giovanni Battista Cybo, was Pope from 29 August 1484 to his death in 1492.

Pope Gregory VII is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Gregory VII Pope Saint Gregory VII, born Hildebrand of Sovana, was Pope from 22 April 1073 to his death in 1085. One of the great reforming popes, he is perhaps best known for the part he played in the ...more

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Pope Boniface VIII is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Boniface VIII Pope Boniface VIII, born Benedetto Caetani, was Pope from 24 December 1294 to his death in 1303. He organized the first Roman Catholic "jubilee" year to take place in Rome and declared ...more

Pope Marinus II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Marinus II Pope Marinus II, was Pope from 30 October 942 to his death in 946.

Pope Adrian II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Adrian II Pope Adrian II was Pope from 14 December 867 to his death in 872. He was a member of a noble Roman family who became pope at an advanced age.

Pope Leo IV is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Leo IV Pope Saint Leo IV was Pope from 10 April 847 to his death in 855.

Pope Adrian I is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Adrian I Pope Adrian I was Pope from 1 February 772 to his death in 795. He was the son of Theodore, a Roman nobleman.

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Pope Leo VI is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Leo VI Pope Leo VI was Pope for just over seven months, from June 928 to his death in February 929. His pontificate occurred during the period known as the Saeculum obscurum.

Pope Constantine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Constantine Pope Constantine was Pope from 25 March 708 to his death in 715. With the exception of Antipope Constantine, he was the only pope to take such a "quintessentially" Eastern name of an ...more

Pope Sergius III is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Sergius III Pope Sergius III was Pope from 29 January 904 to his death in 911. He was pope during a period of feudal violence and disorder in central Italy, when warring aristocratic factions sought to use ...more

Pope Nicholas III is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Nicholas III Pope Nicholas III, born Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, was Pope from 25 November 1277 to his death in 1280. He was a Roman nobleman who had served under eight popes, been made Cardinal-Deacon of St. ...more

Pope Stephen III is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Stephen III Pope Stephen III was the Pope from 7 August 768 to his death in 772.

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Pope John VIII is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope John VIII Pope John VIII was Pope from 13 December 872 to his death in 882. He is often considered one of the ablest pontiffs of the 9th century. He devoted much of his papacy attempting to halt and ...more

Pope Stephen IV is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Stephen IV Pope Stephen IV was Pope from June 816 to his death in 817.

Pope John X is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope John X Pope John X was Pope from March 914 to his death in 928. A candidate of the Counts of Tusculum, he attempted to unify Italy under the leadership of Berengar of Friuli, and was instrumental in ...more

Pope John XI is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope John XI Pope John XI was Pope from March 931 to his death in 935.

Pope Paschal I is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Paschal I Pope Saint Paschal I was Pope from 25 January 817 to his death in 824. His mother was the renowned religious, the Lady Theodora.

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Pope John XIII is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope John XIII Pope John XIII was Pope from 1 October 965 to his death in 972. His pontificate was caught up in the continuing conflict between the Emperor, Otto I, and the Roman nobility.

Pope Gregory IV is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Gregory IV Pope Gregory IV was Pope from October 827 to his death in 844. His pontificate was notable for the papacy’s attempts to intervene in the quarrels between the emperor Louis the Pious and his ...more

Pope Honorius III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Honorius III Pope Honorius III, born as Cencio Savelli, was Pope from 18 July 1216 to his death in 1227.

Pope Anastasius III is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Anastasius III Pope Anastasius III was Pope from April 911 to his death in 913. He was a Roman by birth. A Roman nobleman, Lucian, is sometimes recognized as his father, although other sources assert that he ...more

Pope Agapetus II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Agapetus II Pope Agapetus II was Pope from 10 May 946 to his death in 955. A nominee of the Princeps of Rome, Alberic II, his pontificate occurred during the period known as the Saeculum obscurum.

Pope Benedict III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Benedict III Pope Benedict III was Pope from 29 September 855 to his death in 858. Little is known of Benedict's life before his papacy. His father was Peter. He was educated and lived in Rome and was ...more

Pope Lando is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Lando Lando was Pope from either July or November 913 to his death in 914. His short pontificate fell during an obscure period in papal and Roman history, the so-called Saeculum obscurum. He was the ...more

Pope Benedict IV is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Popes
Pope Benedict IV Pope Benedict IV was Pope from 1 February 900 to his death in 903. He was the son of Mammalus, a native of Rome. The tenth-century historian Flodoard, who nicknamed him the Great, commended his ...more