Popes of the Catholic Church
The Papacy Through History
With the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis in 2013, there have been 266 popes in the history of the Catholic Church. The pope is the spiritual leader of Catholicism and the visible head of the Catholic Church. He is the successor to Saint Peter, the first among the apostles and the first pope of Rome. Taken together, the following articles provide a comprehensive list of all the popes of the Catholic Church, divided up by historical era, as well as the years that they reigned.
Biographies of the popes will be linked off of each article; check back often to see which biographies have been added.
From St. Peter (32-67) to St. Miltiades (311-14)
From St. Sylvester I (314-35) to Pelagius II (579-90)
From St. Gregory the Great (590-604) to Alexander II (1061-73)
From St. Gregory VII (1073-85) to St. Celestine V (1294)
From Boniface VIII (1294-1303) to Gregory XII (1406-15)
From Martin V (1417-31) to Pius IV (1559-65)
From St. Pius V (1566-72) to Pius VII (1800-23)
From Leo XII (1823-29) to Francis (2013—)
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