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Plaque commemorating the popes buried in St Peter's (their names in Latin and the year of their burial)

This chronological list of popes corresponds to that given in the Annuario Pontificio under the heading "I Sommi Pontefici Romani" (The Supreme Pontiffs of Rome), excluding those that are explicitly indicated as antipopes. Published every year by the Roman Curia, the Annuario Pontificio attaches no consecutive numbers to the popes, stating that it is impossible to decide which side represented at various times the legitimate succession, in particular regarding Pope Leo VIII, Pope Benedict V and some mid-11th-century popes.[1] The 2001 edition of the Annuario Pontificio introduced "almost 200 corrections to its existing biographies of the popes, from St Peter to John Paul II". The corrections concerned dates, especially in the first two centuries, birthplaces and the family name of one pope.[2]

The term pope (Latin: papa "father") is used in several Churches to denote their high spiritual leaders (for example Coptic Pope). This title in English usage usually refers to the head of the Catholic Church. The Catholic pope uses various titles by tradition, including Summus Pontifex, Pontifex Maximus, and Servus servorum Dei. Each title has been added by unique historical events and unlike other papal prerogatives, is not incapable of modification.[3]

Hermannus Contractus may have been the first historian to number the popes continuously. His list ends in 1049 with Pope Leo IX as number 154. Several changes were made to the list during the 20th century. Antipope Christopher was considered legitimate for a long time. Pope-elect Stephen was considered legitimate under the name Stephen II until the 1961 edition, when his name was erased. Although these changes are no longer controversial, a number of modern lists still include this "first Pope Stephen II". It is probable that this is because they are based on the 1913 edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia, which is in the public domain.

A significant number of these popes have been recognized as saints, including 48 out of the first 50 consecutive popes, and others are in the sainthood process. Of the first 31 popes, 28 died as martyrs (see List of murdered popes).

Contents

Chronological list

1st millennium

1st century

Popes of the 1st century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
1 30/33 - 64/68   St Peter
PETRUS
Šimon Kêpâ
(Simon Peter)
AD 1 Bethsaida, Galilea, Imperii Romaniae (Now Bethsaida, Galilee, Israel) 29-32 / 63-67 Converted Jew. Apostle of Jesus. According to Catholic tradition he received the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:18–19). Feast day (Feast of Saints Peter and Paul) 29 June, (Chair of Saint Peter) 22 February. He is recognized by the Catholic Church as the first Bishop of Rome appointed by Christ. Also revered as saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 29 June.[4] St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is named after him.
2 64/68 - 76/79   St Linus
Papa LINUS
Linus
(Lin)
10 AD Volterrae, Italia, Roman Empire (Now Volterra, Italy) 54-58 / 66-69 First Roman pope.[5] Feast day 23 September. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 7 June.
3 76/79 - 88/91   St Anacletus
(Cletus)
Papa ANACLETUS (Cletus)
Anáklētos
(Klḗtos)
(Anaclet or Clet)
25 AD Athenae, Achaea, Roman Empire[birth 1] 51-54 / 63-66 Historicity not proven. First Greek pope. Feast day 26 April. Once erroneously split into Cletus and Anacletus.[6]
4 26 April 88 –
23 Nov 99
(11 years, 211 days)
(4228)
  St Clement I
Papa CLEMENS
Clemens
(Clement)
c.35 AD Roma, Roman Empire[birth 2] 53 / 64 (†66) Roman. Feast day 23 November. Issued 1 Clement which is said to be the basis of apostolic authority for the clergy. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 25 November. First Pope to abdicate
5 23 Nov 99 –
27 Oct 105
(5 years, 338 days)
(2164)
  St Evaristus
Papa EVARISTUS
Eváristos
(Evarist)
c.30 AD Bethleem, Iudaea, Roman Empire (now Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine) 69 / 75 Converted Jew. Said to have divided Rome into parishes, assigning a priest to each. Feast day of 26 October.

2nd century

Popes of the 2nd century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
6 27 Oct 105 –
3 May 115
(9 years, 188 days)
(3475)
  St Alexander I
Papa ALEXANDER
Alexander c.75 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 30 / 40 Roman. Inaugurated the custom of blessing houses with holy water. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 18 March.
7 3 May 115 –
3 April 125
(9 years, 335 days)
(3623)
  St Sixtus I
Papa XYSTUS
Xystus
(Sixt)
42 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 73 / 83 Roman. Feast day of 6 April. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 10 August.
8 3 April 125 –
5 Jan 136
(10 years, 277 days)
(3929)
  St Telesphorus
Papa TELESPHORUS
Telesfóros
(Telespher)
c.67 AD Terra Nova, Italy, Roman Empire 58 / 69 Greek. Feast day of 5 January. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 22 February. Church Father St. Irenaeus called him a great martyr.
9 5 Jan 136 –
11 Jan 140
(4 years, 6 days)
(1467)
  St Hyginus
Papa HYGINUS
Ygínos
(Hygin)
c.74 Athens, Achaea, Roman Empire[birth 1] 58 / 62 Greek. Tradition holds he was martyred; feast day 11 January.
10 11 Jan 140 –
11 July 155
(15 years, 181 days)
(5660)
  St Pius I
Papa PIUS
Pius
(Pie)
c.81 AD Aquileia, Italy, Roman Empire[birth 3] 59 / 74 Roman. Martyred by sword; feast day 11 July. Decreed that Easter should only be celebrated on a Sunday.
11 11 July 155 –
20 April 166
(10 years, 283 days)
(3936)
  St Anicetus
Papa ANICETUS
Aníkētos
(Anicet)
c.92 AD Emesa, Syria, Roman Empire (now Homs, Syria) 63 / 74 Greek. First pope from Syria. Tradition holds he was martyred; feast day 17 April. Decreed that priests are not allowed to have long hair.
12 20 April 166 –
22 April 174
(8 years, 2 days)
(2924)
  St Soter
Papa SOTERIUS
Soterius
(Soter)
c.119 AD Fundi, Aquileia, Roman Empire[birth 3] 46 / 55 Roman. Tradition holds he was martyred; feast day 22 April. Declared that marriage was valid as a sacrament blessed by a priest; formally inaugurated Easter as an annual festival in Rome.
13 22 April 174 –
26 May 189
(15 years, 34 days)
(5513)
  St Eleutherius
Papa ELEUTHERIUS
Eleútheros
(Eleuther)
c.130 AD Nicopolis, Epirus, Roman Empire[birth 4] 45 / 59 Greek. Tradition holds he was martyred; feast day 6 May.
14 26 May 189 –
28 July 199
(10 years, 63 days)
(3715)
  St Victor I
Papa VICTOR
Victor Africa, Roman Empire[birth 5] Roman. Known for excommunicating Theodotus of Byzantium. Quartodecimanism controversy.
15 28 July 199 –
20 Dec 217
(18 years, 145 days)
(6719)
  St Zephyrinus
Papa ZEPHYRINUS
Zephyrinus
(Zephyrin)
c.160 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 39 / 57 Roman. Combated against the adoptionist heresies of the followers of Theodotus the Byzantium who were ruled by Theodotus, the Money Changer and Asclepiodotus.

Although not physically martyred (murdered), he is called a martyr for the suffering he endured.

- c.199 –
c. 200
(1 year, 0 days)
(365)
  Natalius
Antipapa NATALIUS
Natalius
(Natal)
Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] - Roman. In opposition to pope Zephyrinus. Later reconciled (see above).

3rd century

Popes of the 3rd century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
16 20 Dec 217 –
14 Oct 222
(4 years, 298 days)
(1759)
  St Callixtus I
Papa CALLIXTUS
Callixtus
(Callixt)
c.155 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 62 / 67 Roman. Martyred; feast day 14 October.
- 217 –
235
(18 years, 0 days)
(6574)
  St Hippolytus
Antipapa HIPPOLYTUS
Ippólytos
(Hippolyt)
c.170 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 47 / 65 Greek Roman. In opposition to Pope Callistus I, Urban I and Pontian. Later reconciled with Pope Pontian (see above).
17 14 Oct 222 –
23 May 230
(7 years, 221 days)
  St Urban I
Papa URBANUS
Urbanus
(Urban)
c.175 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 47 / 55 Roman. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 25 May.
18 21 Aug 230 –
28 Sept 235
(5 years, 38 days)
  St Pontian
Papa PONTIANUS
Pontianus
(Pontian)
c.175 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 55 / 60 Roman. First to abdicate after exile to Sardinia by Emperor Maximinus Thrax. The Liberian Catalogue records his death on 28 Sept 235, the earliest exact date in papal history.[8][9]
19 21 Nov 235 –
3 Jan 236
(43 days)
(43)
  St Anterus
Papa ANTERUS
Anthērós
(Anter)
c.180 AD Petilia, Italy, Roman Empire 55 / 56 Greek Roman. Feast day 3 January. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 5 August.
20 10 Jan 236 –
20 Jan 250
(14 years, 10 days)
(5124)
  St Fabian
Papa FABIANUS
Fabianus
(Fabian)
c.200 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 36 / 50 Roman. Divided the communities of Rome into seven districts, each supervised by a deacon. Feast day 20 January. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 5 August.
21 6 March 251 –
25 June 253
(2 years, 111 days)
(842)
  St Cornelius
Papa CORNELIUS
Cornelius
(Cornel)
c.180 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 71 / 73 Roman. Died as a martyr through extreme hardship; feast day 16 September.
- March 251 –
258
(7 years, 0 days)
(2557)
  Novatian
Antipapa NOVATIANUS
Novatianus
(Novatian)
c.200/20 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 31 (51) / 38 (58) Roman. Founder of Novatianism. In opposition to Pope Cornelius, Lucius I, Stephen I and Sixtus II.
22 25 June 253 –
5 March 254
(253 days)
(253)
  St Lucius I
Papa LUCIUS
Lucius
(Luce)
c.200 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 48 / 49 Roman. Feast day 5 March.
23 12 March 254 –
2 Aug 257
(3 years, 143 days)
(1239)
  St Stephen I
Papa STEPHANUS
Stéfanos
(Stephen)
c.205 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 54 / 57 Greek Roman. Martyred by beheading; feast day 2 August. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with the same feast day.
24 30 Aug 257 –
6 Aug 258
(341 days)
(341)
  St Sixtus II
Papa XYSTUS Secundus
Síxtos
(Sixt)
c.215 AD Athens, Achaea, Roman Empire[birth 1] 42 / 43 Greek. Martyred by beheading. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 10 August.
25 22 July 259 –
26 Dec 268
(9 years, 157 days)
(3445)
  St Dionysius
Papa DIONYSIUS
Dionýsios
(Denis)
c.200 AD Terra Nova, Italy, Roman Empire 59 / 68 Greek. Feast day 26 December.
26 5 Jan 269 –
30 Dec 274
(5 years, 359 days)
(2185)
  St Felix I
Papa FELIX
Felix c.206 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 63 / 68 Roman.
27 4 Jan 275 –
7 Dec 283
(8 years, 337 days)
(3259)
  St Eutychian
Papa EUTYCHIANUS
Eutychianus
(Eutychian)
c.240 AD Luna, Italy, Roman Empire (Now Luni, Italy) 35 / 43 Roman.
28 17 Dec 283 –
22 April 296
(12 years, 127 days)
(4510)
  St Caius
Papa CAIUS
Caius
(Cay)
c.245 AD Salona, Dalmatia, Roman Empire 38 / 51 Roman. First pope from Croatia. Martyred by beheading (according to legend). Feast day 22 April. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 11 August.
29 30 June 296 –
26 April 304
(7 years, 301 days)
(2856)
  St Marcellinus
Papa MARCELLINUS
Marcellinus
(Marcellin)
c.250 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 46 / 54 Roman. Feast day 26 April. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 7 June.

4th century

Popes of the 4th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
30 27 May 308 –
16 Jan 309
(234 days)
(234 days)
  St Marcellus I
Papa MARCELLUS
Marcellus
(Marcel)
c.255 AD Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] 53 / 54 Roman. Banished from Rome under Maxentius (309).
31 18 April 309 –
17 Aug 310
(1 year, 121 days)
(486)
  St Eusebius
Papa EUSEBIUS
Eusébios
(Eusebe)
c.255 AD Sardinia, Roman Empire 54 / 54 (†55) Greek. Banished by the emperor Maxentius, and died in exile.
32 2 July 311 –
10 Jan 314
(2 years, 192 days)
(923)
  St Miltiades
(Melchiades)
Papa MILTIADES
Miltiades
(or Melchiades)
(Miltiade or Melchiade)
c.270 AD Africa, Roman Empire 41 / 44 Roman. First pope after the end of the persecution of Christians through the Edict of Milan (313 AD) issued by Constantine the Great. Presided over the Lateran council of 313.
33 31 Jan 314 –
31 Dec 335
(21 years, 334 days)
(8004)
  St Sylvester I
Papa SILVESTER
Silvester
(Sylvester)
c.285 AD Fanum Sancti Angeli de Scala, Apulia et Calabria, Roman Empire 29 / 50 Roman. Feast day 31 December. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 2 January. First Council of Nicaea (325). Under him was built: the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and Old St. Peter's Basilica. Stated to be the recipient of the Donation of Constantine, which was later shown to be a forgery.
34 18 Jan 336 –
7 Oct 336
(263 days)
(263)
  St Mark
Papa MARCUS
Marcus
(Mark)
c.290 AD Rome, Roman Empire 46 / 46 Roman. One of Mark's undertakings was to compile stories of the lives of martyrs and bishops before his time. There is some reason to believe he founded two churches in the area of Rome. One of them is still known to this day as the Church of San Marco, although it is greatly changed since his time. The other church was at the Catacomb of Balbina, a cemetery. Emperor Constantine gave gifts of land and furnishing for both buildings. Feast day 7 October.
35 6 Feb 337 –
12 April 352
(15 years, 66 days)
(5544)
  St Julius I
Papa IULIUS
Iulius
(Jules)
c.280 AD Rome, Roman Empire 57 / 72 Roman. Arian controversy. Credited with splitting the birth of Christ into two distinct celebrations: The Epiphany stayed on the traditional date, and the Nativity was added on 25 December.
36 17 May 352 –
24 Sept 366
(14 years, 130 days)
(5243)
  Liberius
Papa LIBERIUS
Liberius
(Liber)
c.310 AD Rome, Roman Empire 42 / 56 Roman. Earliest pope not canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 27 August.[10]
- 355 –
22 Nov 365
(10 years, 0 days)
(3653)
  St Felix II
Antipapa FELIX secundus
Felix Rome, Roman Empire - Roman. In opposition to Pope Liberius. Installed by Roman Emperor Constantius II.
37 1 Oct 366 –
11 Dec 384
(18 years, 71 days)
(6646)
  St Damasus I
Papa DAMASUS
Damasus
(Damase)
c.305 AD Egitania, Lusitania, Roman Empire 60 / 78 Roman. And the first pope from Portugal. Patron of Jerome, commissioned the Vulgate translation of the Bible. Council of Rome (382). First pope to be the official head of the church after the Emperor Gratian abdicates the title of "Pontifex Maximus".
- 1 Oct 366 –
16 Nov 367
(1 year, 46 days)
(411)
  Ursicinus
Antipapa URSICINUS
Ursinus
(or Ursicinus)
(Ursin or Ursicin)
Rome, Roman Empire - Roman. In opposition to Pope Damasus I. Banished to Gallia by the emperor Valentinian II after a war between two sects and died after 384.
38 17 Dec 384 –
26 Nov 399
(14 years, 344 days)
(5457)
  St Siricius
Papa SIRICIUS
Sicirius
(Sirice)
c.334 AD Rome, Roman Empire 50 / 65 Roman. His famous letters—the earliest surviving texts of papal decretals—focus particularly on religious discipline and include decisions on baptism, consecration, ordination, penance, and continence. Siricius’ important decretal of 386 (written to Bishop Himerius of Tarragona), commanding celibacy for priests, was the first decree on this subject.[11]
39
 
27 Nov 399 –
19 Dec 401
(2 years, 22 days)
(753)
  St Anastasius I
Papa ANASTASIUS
Anastasius Maximus[12]
(Anastase Maxime)
c.340 AD Rome, Roman Empire 59 / 61 Roman. Instructed priests to stand and bow their heads as they read from the Gospels.

5th century

Popes of the 5th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
40 21 Dec 401 –
12 March 417
(15 years, 81 days)
(5560)
  St Innocent I
Papa INNOCENTIUS
Innocentius
(Innocent)
c.378 AD Albanum, Latium et Campania, Roman Empire 41 / 57 Roman. Visigoth Sack of Rome (410) under Alaric.
41 18 March 417 –
26 Dec 418
(1 year, 283 days)
(648)
  St Zosimus
Papa ZOSIMUS
Zṓsimos
(Zosime)
c.370 AD Messurga, Lucania et Bruttii, Roman Empire 47 / 48 Greek.
- 27 Dec 418 –
3 April 419
(97 days)
(97)
  Eulalius
Antipapa EULALIUS
Eulalius
(Eulal)
c.380 AD Rome, Roman Empire 38 / 39 (†42) Roman. In opposition to Pope Boniface I. Elected on the eve of the election of Boniface, first benefited from the support of the emperor Honorius, but lost it quickly. Exiled in Campania, and died in 423.
42 28 Dec 418 –
4 Sept 422
(3 years, 250 days)
  St Boniface I
Papa BONIFACIUS
Bonifacius
(Boniface)
c.377 AD Rome, Roman Empire 43 / 47 Roman.
43 10 Sept 422 –
27 July 432
(9 years, 321 days)
(3608)
  St Celestine I
Papa CAELESTINUS
Caelestinus
(Celestine)
c.380 AD Campania, Roman Empire 42 / 52 Roman. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 8 April.
44 31 July 432 –
18 Aug 440
(8 years, 18 days)
(2940)
  St Sixtus III
Papa XYXTUS Tertius
Xystus
(Sixt)
c.390 AD Rome, Roman Empire 42 / 50 Roman.
45 29 Sept 440 –
10 Nov 461
(21 years, 42 days)
(7712)
  St Leo I
(Leo the Great)
Papa LEO MAGNUS
Leo
(Leon)
c.390 AD Etruria, Roman Empire 50 / 71 Roman. Convinced Attila the Hun to turn back his invasion of Italy. Wrote the Tome which was instrumental in the Council of Chalcedon and in defining the hypostatic union. Feast day 10 November. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 18 February.
46 19 Nov 461 –
29 Feb 468
(6 years, 102 days)
(2293)
  St Hilarius
Papa HILARIUS
Ilários
(Hilar)
c.400 AD Sardiny, Western Roman Empire 46 / 53 Greek.
47 3 March 468 –
10 March 483
(15 years, 7 days)
(5485)
  St Simplicius
Papa SIMPLICIUS
Simplicius
(Simplice)
c.430 AD Tibur, Western Roman Empire 38 / 53 Roman. Papacy during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and subsequent overtaking of Rome and Italy in general by Odoacer.
48 13 March 483 –
1 March 492
(8 years, 354 days)
(3276)
  St Felix III (Felix II)
Papa FELIX Tertius (Secundus)
Anicius Felix
(Anice Felix)
c.440 AD Rome, Western Roman Empire 43 / 52 Imperial Roman pope. Sometimes called Felix II. Great-great-grandfather of pope Gregory I.
49 1 March 492 –
21 Nov 496
(4 years, 265 days)
(1726)
  St Gelasius I
Papa GELASIUS
Gelasius
(Gelase)
c.410 AD Cabylia, Africa, Western Roman Empire 82 / 86 Roman. The last pope to have been born on the continent of Africa. The first pope called the "Vicar of Christ".[13]
50 24 Nov 496 –
19 Nov 498
(1 year, 360 days)
(725)
  Anastasius II
Papa ANASTASIUS Secundus
Anastasius
(Anastase)
c.445 AD Rome, Western Roman Empire 51 / 53 Roman. Tried to end the Acacian schism but it resulted in the Laurentian schism.
51 22 Nov 498 –
19 July 514
(15 years, 239 days)
  St Symmachus
Papa SYMMACHUS
Sýmmakhos
(Symmach)
c.460 AD Sardiny, Western Roman Empire 38 / 54 Greek.
- 22 Nov 498 –
Aug 506/8
(7 years, 252 days)
(2808)
  Laurence
Antipapa LAURENTIUS
Lauréntios
(Laurence)
c.460 AD Eastern Roman Empire 38 / 46 (†48) Greek. In opposition to Pope Symmachus. Elected on the same day as Symachus, King Theodoric settled in favor of his adversary. Took control of Rome in 501 and remained pope in fact until 506/08, year of his death.

6th century

Popes of the 6th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
52 20 July 514 –
6 Aug 523
(9 years, 17 days)
(3304)
  St Hormisdas
Papa HORMISDAS
Hormisdas
(Hormisde)
c.450 AD Frosino, Lace, Western Roman Empire 64 / 73 Roman. Father of Pope Silverius. Acacian schism.
53 13 Aug 523 –
18 May 526
(2 years, 278 days)
(1009)
  St John I
Papa IOANNES
Ioannes
(John)
c.470 AD Sena Iulia, Etrury, Western Roman Empire 53 / 56 Roman.
54 12 July 526 –
22 Sept 530
(4 years, 72 days)
(1533)
  St Felix IV
(Felix III)
Papa FELIX Quartus (Tertius)
Felix c.490 AD Samnium, Kingdom of Odoacer 36 / 40 Roman. Sometimes called Felix III. Built Santi Cosma e Damiano.
55 22 Sept 530 –
17 Oct 532
(2 years, 25 days)
(756)
  Boniface II
Papa BONIFACIUS Secundus
Bonifacius
(Boniface)
c.490 AD Rome, Kingdom of Odoacer 40 / 42 First Germanic pope. Changed the numbering of the years in the Julian Calendar from Ab Urbe Condita to Anno Domini.
- 22 Sept 530 –
14 Oct 530
(22 days)
(22)
  Dioscore
Antipapa DIOSCORUS
Dióskoros
(Dioscore)
Alexandria, Aegyptus, Eastern Roman Empire - Greek. In opposition to Pope Boniface II. Candidate of the Byzantine party, elected by the majority of the cardinals and recognized by Constantinople, he died less than a month after his election.
56 2 Jan 533 –
8 May 535
(2 years, 126 days)
(856)
  John II
Papa IOANNES Secundus
Mercurius
(Mercury)
c.473 AD Rome, Western Roman Empire 63 / 65 Roman. First pope not to use his personal name. This was because of the Roman god, Mercury.
57 13 May 535 –
22 April 536
(356 days)
(356)
  St Agapetus I
Papa AGAPETUS
Agapetus
(Agapet)
c.570 AD Rome, Kingdom of Odoacer 45 / 46 Roman. Feast days 22 April and 20 September. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 17 April.
58 8 June 536 –
11 March 537
(276 days)
(276)
  St Silverius
Papa SILVERIUS
Silverius
(Silvery)
c.480 AD Cicanum, Ostrogothic Kingdom 56 / 57 Roman. Exiled; feast day 20 June, son of Pope Hormisdas.
59 29 March 537 –
7 June 555
(18 years, 70 days)
(6644)
  Vigilius
Papa VIGILIUS
Vigilius
(Vigil)
c.500 AD Rome, Kingdom of Odoacer 37 / 55 Roman.
60 16 April 556 –
4 March 561
(4 years, 322 days)
(1783)
  Pelagius I
Papa PELAGIUS
Pelagius
(Pelage)
c.505 AD Rome, Ostrogothic Kingdom 51 / 56 Roman. Credited with the construction of the basilica of Santi Apostoli.
61 17 July 561 –
13 July 574
(12 years, 361 days)
(4744)
  John III
Papa IOANNES Tertius
Ioannes Catelinus
(John Catelin)
c.520 AD Rome, Ostrogothic Kingdom 41 / 54 Roman.
62 2 June 575 –
30 July 579
(4 years, 58 days)
(1519)
  Benedict I
Papa BENEDICTUS
Benedictus
(Benedict)
c.525 AD Rome, Ostrogothic Kingdom 50 / 54 Roman.
63 26 Nov 579 –
7 Feb 590
(10 years, 73 days)
(3726)
  Pelagius II
Papa PELAGIUS Secundus
Pelagius
(Pelage)
c.520 AD Rome, Ostrogothic Kingdom 59 / 70 Roman (probably of Ostrogothic descent). Ordered the construction of the Basilica di San Lorenzo fuori le Mura.
64 3 Sept 590 –
12 March 604
(13 years, 191 days)
(4938)
  St Gregory I
(Gregory the Great)
Papa GREGORIUS MAGNUS
Anicius Gregorius
(Anice Gregory)
O.S.B.
c.540 AD Rome, Byzantine Empire 50 / 64 Last imperial Roman Pope. Great-great-grandson of pope Felix III. The first formally to employ the titles Servus servorum Dei and Pontifex Maximus. Established the Gregorian chant. Feast day 3 September. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 12 March. Known as "the Father of Christian Worship". Known as "St. Gregory the Dialogist" in Eastern Orthodoxy.

7th century

Popes of the 7th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
65 13 Sept 604 –
22 Feb 606
(1 year, 162 days)
(527)
  Sabinian
Papa SABINIANUS
Sabinianus
(Sabinian)
c.530 AD Blera, Byzantine Empire 74 / 76 Roman. For the next two centuries the Roman popes were all controlled by the Eastern Roman Empire.
66 19 Feb 607 –
12 Nov 607
(266 days)
(266)
  Boniface III
Papa BONIFACIUS Tertius
Bonifátios Kataadiókēs
(Boniface Cataadioce)
c.540 AD Rome, Byzantine Empire 67 / 67 Greek Roman.
67 15 Sept 608 –
8 May 615
(6 years, 235 days)
(2426)
  St Boniface IV
Papa BONIFACIUS Quartus
Bonifacius
(Boniface)
O.S.B.
c.550 AD Marsica, Byzantine Empire 58 / 65 Roman. First pope to bear the same name as his immediate predecessor. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
68 13 Nov 615 –
8 Nov 618
(2 years, 360 days)
(1091)
  St Adeodatus I
(Deusdedit)
Papa ADEODATUS sive DEUSDEDIT
Adeodatus
(or Deusdedit)
(Adeodat or Deusdedit)
c.570 AD Rome, Byzantine Empire 55 / 58 Roman. Sometimes called Deusdedit, as a result Pope Adeodatus II is sometimes called Pope Adeodatus without a number. The first pope to use lead seals on papal documents, which in time came to be called Papal bulls.
69 23 Dec 619 –
25 Oct 625
(5 years, 306 days)
(2133)
  Boniface V
Papa BONIFACIUS Quintus
Bonifátios Foummínēs
(Boniface Fummin)
c.575 AD Neapolis, Byzantine Empire 44 / 50 Greek.
70 27 Oct 625 –
12 Oct 638
(12 years, 350 days)
(4733)
  Honorius I
Papa HONORIUS
Honorius
(Honore)
c.585 AD Campany, Byzantine Empire 40 / 53 Roman. Named a heretic and anathematized by the Third Council of Constantinople. (680)
71 28 May 640 –
2 Aug 640
(66 days)
(66)
  Severinus
Papa SEVERINUS
Severinus
(Severin)
c.585 AD Rome, Byzantine Empire 55 / 55 Roman.
72 24 Dec 640 –
12 Oct 642
(1 year, 292 days)
(657)
  John IV
Papa IOANNES Quartus
Iōánnēs
(John)
c.587 AD Iadera, Dalmaty, Byzantine Empire 40 / 42 Greek. Second pope from Croatia.
73 24 Nov 642 –
14 May 649
(6 years, 171 days)
(2363)
  Theodore I
Papa THEODORUS
Theódōros
(Theodore)
c.610 AD Hierosolyma, Byzantine Empire 32 / 39 Greek. The last pope from Palestine. Planned the Lateran Council of 649, but died before it could open.
74 5 July 649 –
12 Nov 655
(6 years, 130 days)
(2321)
  St Martin I
Papa MARTINUS
Martinus
(Martin)
c.590 AD Near Tuder, Umbria, Byzantine Empire 59 / 65 Roman. Last pope recognized as a martyr. Feast day of 12 November. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 14 April.
75 10 Aug 654 –
2 June 657
(2 years, 296 days)
(1027)
  St Eugene I
Papa EUGENIUS
Eugenius
(Eugene)
c.615 AD Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
39 / 42 Roman.
76 30 July 657 –
27 Jan 672
(14 years, 181 days)
(5294)
  St Vitalian
Papa VITALIANUS
Vitalianus
(Vitalian)
c.600 Signia, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
57 / 72 Roman.
77 11 April 672 –
17 June 676
(4 years, 67 days)
(1528)
  Adeodatus II
Papa ADEODATUS Secundus
Adeodatus
(Adeodat)
O.S.B.
c.621 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
51 / 55 Roman. Sometimes called Pope Adeodatus (without a number) in reference to Pope Adeodatus I sometimes being called Pope Deusdedit. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
78 2 Nov 676 –
11 April 678
(1 year, 160 days)
(525)
  Donus
Papa DONUS
Donus
(Don)
c.610 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
66 / 68 Roman.
79 27 June 678 –
10 Jan 681
(2 years, 197 days)
(928)
  St Agatho
Papa AGATHO
Agáthōn
(Agathon)
c.577 Panormus, Sicilia, Byzantine Empire 101 / 104 Greek. The oldest pope in history. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 20 February.
80 17 Aug 682 –
3 July 683
(320 days)
(320)
  St Leo II
Papa LEO Secundus
Léōn
(Leon)
c.611 Aydonum, Sicily, Byzantine Empire 71 / 72 Greek. Feast day 3 July.
81
 
26 June 684 –
8 May 685
(316 days)
(316)
  St Benedict II
Papa BENEDICTUS Secundus
Benedictus Sabellus[14]
(Benedict Savel)
c.635 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
49 / 50 Roman. Feast day 7 May.
82 23 July 685 –
2 Aug 686
(1 year, 10 days)
(375)
  John V
Papa IOANNES Quintus
Iōánnēs
(John)
c.635 Antiochia, Syry, Byzantine Empire 50 / 51 Greco-Syrian.
83 21 Oct 686 –
21 Sept 687
(335 days)
(335)
  Conon
Papa CONON
Kónōn
(Conon)
c.630 Thracia, Byzantine Empire 56 / 57 Greek.
84 15 Dec 687 –
8 Sept 701
(13 years, 267 days)
(5015)
  St Sergius I
Papa SERGIUS
Sérgios
(Serge)
c.650 Palerme, Sicily, Byzantine Empire 37 / 51 Greek. Introduced the singing of the Lamb of God at mass.[13]

8th century

Popes of the 8th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
85 30 Oct 701 –
11 Jan 705
(3 years, 73 days)
(1169)
  John VI
Papa IOANNES Sextus
Iōánnēs
(John)
c.650 Ephesus, Byzantine Empire 46 / 50 Greek. The only pope came from Asia Minor.
86 1 March 705 –
18 Oct 707
(2 years, 231 days)
(961)
  John VII
Papa IOANNES Septimus
Iōánnēs
(John)
c.655 Rossanum, Calabria, Byzantine Empire 55 / 57 Greek. The second pope to bear the same name as his immediate predecessor.
87 15 Jan 708 –
4 Feb 708
(20 days)
(20)
  Sisinnius
Papa SISINNIUS
Sisínios
(Sisinny)
c.650 Syry, Rashidun Caliphate 58 / 58 Greco-Syrian.
88 25 March 708 –
9 April 715
(7 years, 15 days)
(2571)
  Constantine
Papa COSTANTINUS sive CONSTANTINUS
Kōnstantínos
(Constantine)
c.664 Syry, Umayyad Caliphate 44 / 51 Greco-Syrian. Last pope to visit Greece while in office, until John Paul II in 2001.
89
 
19 May 715 –
11 Feb 731
(15 years, 268 days)
(5747)
  St Gregory II
Papa GREGORIUS Secundus
Gregorius Sabellus[15]
(Gregory Savel)
c.669 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
46 / 62 Roman. Feast day 11 February. Held the Synod of Rome (721).
90 18 March 731 –
28 Nov 741
(10 years, 255 days)
(3908)
  St Gregory III
Papa GREGORIUS Tertius
Grēgórios
(Gregory)
c.669 Syry, Umayyad Caliphate 41 / 51 Greco-Syrian. The last pope from Syria. The third pope to bear the same name as his immediate predecessor. Was previously the last pope to have been born outside Europe until the election of Francis in 2013.
91 3 Dec 741 –
22 March 752
(10 years, 110 days)
(3762)
  St Zachary
Papa ZACHARIAS
Zakharías
(Zachary)
c.679 Sancta Severina, Calabry, Byzantine Empire 62 / 73 Greek. Feast day 15 March. Built the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
(never consecrated) 22 March 752 –
25 March 752
(3)
(Never took office as pope)
  Pope-elect Stephen
(Stephen II)
Papa Electus STEPHANUS
(STEPHANUS Secundus)
Stephanus
(Stephen)
c.700 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
52 / 52 Roman. Sometimes known as Stephen II. Died three days after his election; never receiving episcopal consecration. Some lists still include him. The Vatican sanctioned his addition in the sixteenth century; removed in 1961. He is no longer considered a pope by the Catholic Church.
92 26 March 752 –
26 April 757
(5 years, 31 days)
(1857)
  Stephen II
(Stephen III)
Papa STEPHANUS Secundus (Tertius)
Stephanus
(Stephen)
c.714 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
38 / 43 Roman. Sometimes called Stephen III. The Donation of Pepin. Brother of Paul I.
93 29 May 757 –
28 June 767
(10 years, 30 days)
(3682)
  St Paul I
Papa PAULUS
Paulus
(Paul)
c.700 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
57 / 67 Roman. Brother of Stephen II.
94 7 Aug 768 –
24 Jan 772
(3 years, 170 days)
(1265)
  Stephen III
(Stephen IV)
Papa STEPHANUS Tertius (Quartus)
Stéfanos
(Stephen)
c.723 Syracuse, Thema Sicelias, Byzantine Empire 45 / 49 Greek. Sometimes called Stephen IV. The Lateran Council (769).
95 1 Feb 772 –
26 Dec 795
(23 years, 328 days)
(8729)
  Adrian I
Papa HADRIANUS
Hadrianus
(Adrian)
a. 700/12 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
60 (72) / 83 (95) Roman.
96 26 Dec 795 –
12 June 816
(20 years, 169 days)
(7474)
  St Leo III
Papa LEO Tertius
Léōn
(Leon)
c.750 Rome, Duchy of Rome
(formally Byzantine Empire)
45 / 66 Greek Roman(From a modest family from southern Italy). Crowned Charlemagne Imperator Augus on Christmas Day, 800, thereby initiating what would become the office of Holy Roman Emperor requiring the imprimatur of the pope for its legitimacy.

9th century

Popes of the 9th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
97 22 June 816 –
24 Jan 817
(216 days)
(216)
  Stephen IV
(Stephen V)
Papa STEPHANUS Quartus (Quintus)
Stefano
(Stephen)
c.770 Rome, Papal States 46 / 47 Early Italian. Sometimes called Stephen V.
98
 
25 Jan 817 –
11 Feb 824
(7 years, 17 days)
(2573)
  St Paschal I
Papa PASCHALIS
Pasquale dei Massimi[16]
(Paschal Maxime)
c.775 Rome, Papal States 42 / 49 Italian. Credited with finding the body of Saint Cecilia in the Catacomb of Callixtus, building the basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and the church of Santa Maria in Domnica.
99
 
8 May 824 –
27 Aug 827
(3 years, 111 days)
(1206)
  Eugene II
Papa EUGENIUS Secundus
Eugenio Savelli[17]
(Eugene Savel)
c.780 Rome, Papal States 44 / 47 Italian.
100 31 Aug 827 –
10 Oct 827
(40 days)
(40)
  Valentine
Papa VALENTINUS
Valentino Leone
(Valentine Leon)
c.780 Rome, Papal States 47 / 47 Italian.
101 20 Dec 827 –
25 Jan 844
(16 years, 36 days)
(5880)
  Gregory IV
Papa GREGORIUS Quartus
Gregorio
(Gregory)
c.790 Rome, Papal States 37 / 54 Italian. Rebuilt the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica and in the newly decorated chapel transferred the body of Gregory I.
102 25 Jan 844 –
27 Jan 847
(3 years, 2 days)
(1098)
  Sergius II
Papa SERGIUS Secundus
Sergio
(Serge)
c.790 Rome, Papal States 54 / 57 Italian.
103 10 April 847 –
17 July 855
(8 years, 98 days)
(3020)
  St Leo IV
Papa LEO Quartus
Leone
(Leon)
O.S.B.
c.790 Rome, Papal States 57 / 65 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
104 29 Sept 855 –
7 April 858
(2 years, 190 days)
(921)
  Benedict III
Papa BENEDICTUS Tertius
Benedetto
(Benedict)
c.810 Rome, Papal States 45 / 48 Italian.
105 24 April 858 –
13 Nov 867
(9 years, 203 days)
(3490)
  St Nicholas I
(Nicholas the Great)
Papa NICOLAUS MAGNUS
Niccolò
(Nicholas)
c.800 Rome, Papal States 39 / 48 Italian. Encouraged missionary activity.
106 14 Dec 867 –
14 Dec 872
(5 years, 0 days)
(1827)
  Adrian II
Papa HADRIANUS Secundus
Adriano
(Adrian)
c.792 Rome, Papal States 75 / 80 Italian.
107 14 Dec 872 –
16 Dec 882
(10 years, 2 days)
(3654)
  John VIII
Papa IOANNES Octavus
Giovanni
(John)
c.820 Rome, Papal States 52 / 62 Italian. First pope to be assassinated.
108 16 Dec 882 –
15 May 884
(1 year, 151 days)
(516)
  Marinus I
Papa MARINUS
Marino
(Marin)
c.830 Gallese, Papal States 52 / 54 Italian. Sometimes also known as and called "Martin II."
109 17 May 884 –
15 Sept 885
(1 year, 121 days)
(486)
  St Adrian III
Papa HADRIANUS Tertius
Adriano
(Adrian)
c.830 Rome, Papal States 49 / 50 Italian. Feast day 8 July. Maybe the pope Adrian I was his ancestor.
110 14 Sept 885 –
4 Sept 891
(5 years, 355 days)
(2181)
  Stephen V
(Stephen VI)
Papa STEPHANUS Quintus (Sextus)
Stefano
(Stephen)
c.840 Rome, Papal States 45 / 51 Italian. Sometimes called Stephen VI.
111 6 Oct 891 –
4 April 896
(4 years, 181 days)
(1642)
  Formosus
Papa FORMOSUS
Formoso
(Formose)
c.805/16 Ostia, Papal States 75 (85) / 80 (91) Italian. Posthumously ritually executed following the Cadaver Synod.
112 11 April 896 –
26 April 896
(15 days)
(15)
  Boniface VI
Papa BONIFATIUS Sextus
Bonifacio
(Boniface)
c.806 Rome, Papal States 90 / 90 Italian.
113 22 May 896 –
14 Aug 897
(1 year, 84 days)
(449)
  Stephen VI
(Stephen VII)
Papa STEPHANUS Sextus (Septimus)
Stefano
(Stephen)
c.850 Rome, Papal States 46 / 47 Italian. Sometimes called Stephen VII. Held the infamous Cadaver Synod.
114 14 Aug 897 –
Nov 897
(92 days)7
(92)
  Romanus
Papa ROMANUS
Romano Marino
(Roman Marin)
c.850 Gallese, Papal States 47 / 47 Italian.
115 Dec 897 –
20 Dec 897
(19 days)
(19)
  Theodore II
Papa THEODORUS Secundus
Teodoro
(Theodore)
c.840 Rome, Papal States 57 / 57 Italian.
116 18 Jan 898 –
5 Jan 900
(1 year, 352 days)
(717)
  John IX
Papa IOANNES Nonus
Giovanni
(John)
O.S.B.
c.840 Tivoli, Papal States 58 / 60 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
117 1 Feb 900 –
30 July 903
(3 years, 179 days)
(1274)
  Benedict IV
Papa BENEDICTUS Quartus
Benedetto c.840 Rome, Papal States 60 / 63 Italian.

10th century

Popes of the 10th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
118 30 July 903 –
Dec 903
(124 days)
(124)
  Leo V
Papa LEO Quintus
Leone
(Leon)
c.845 Ardea, Papal States 58 / 58 (†59) Italian. Deposed and murdered.
- Oct 903 –
Jan. 904
(92 days)
(92)
  Christopher
Antipapa CHRISTOFORO
Cristoforo
(Christopher)
Rome, Papal States[birth 2] Italian. In opposition to Pope Leo V and Pope Sergius III
119 29 Jan 904 –
14 April 911
(7 years, 75 days)
(2632)
  Sergius III
Papa SERGIUS Tertius
Sergio di Tuscolo
(Serge Tuscul)
c.860 Rome, Papal States 44 / 51 Italian. "Saeculum obscurum" begins. The first pope to be depicted with the Papal Tiara.
120 14 April 911 –
June 913
(2 years, 48 days)
(779)
  Anastasius III
Papa ANASTASIUS Tertius
Anastasio
(Anastase)
c.865 Rome, Papal States 46 / 48 Italian.
121 7 July 913 –
5 Feb 914
(213 days)
(213)
  Lando
Papa LANDO
Lando
(Landon)
c.865 Sabina, Papal States 48 / 49 Italian.
122 March 914 –
28 May 928
(14 years, 88 days)
(5202)
  John X
Papa IOANNES Decimus
Giovanni Cenci
(John Cence)
c.860 Tossignano, Romagna (formally part of the Papal States) 54 / 68 Italian.
123 28 May 928 –
Dec 928
(187 days)
(187)
  Leo VI
Papa LEO Sextus
Leone Sanguini
(Leon Sanguin)
c.880 Rome, Papal States 48 / 48 Italian.
124 3 Feb 929 –
13 Feb 931
(2 years, 10 days)
(740)
  Stephen VII
(Stephen VIII)
Papa STEPHANUS Septimus (Octavus)
Stefano Gabrielli[18]
(Stephen Gabriel)
c.880 Rome, Papal States 49 / 51 Italian. Sometimes called Stephen VIII.
125 15 March 931 –
Dec 935
(4 years, 261 days)
(1722)
  John XI
Papa IOANNES Undecimus
Giovanni di Tuscolo
(John Tuscul)
c.910 Rome, Papal States 21 / 25 Italian. Probably, according to the Liber Pontificalis and Liutprand of Cremona, the son of Pope Sergius III, and not of Alberic I of Spoleto, who was Marozia's husband.
126 3 Jan 936 –
13 July 939
(3 years, 191 days)
(1287)
  Leo VII
Papa LEO Septimus
Leone
(Leon)
O.S.B.
c.885 Rome, Papal States 41 / 44 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
127 14 July 939 –
30 Oct 942
(3 years, 108 days)
(1204)
  Stephen VIII
(Stephen IX)
Papa STEPHANUS Octavus (Nonus)
Stefano
(Stephen)
c.900 Rome, Papal States 39 / 42 Italian. Sometimes called Stephen IX.
128 30 Oct 942 –
1 May 946
(3 years, 183 days)
(1279)
  Marinus II
Papa MARINUS Secundus
Marino
(Marin)
c.900 Rome, Papal States 42 / 46 Italian.
129 10 May 946 –
8 Nov 955
(9 years, 182 days)
(3469)
  Agapetus II
Papa AGAPETUS Secundus
Agapito
(Agapet)
c.905 Rome, Papal States 41 / 50 Italian.
130 16 Dec 955 –
6 Dec 963
(8 years, 356 days)
(3278)
  John XII
Papa IOANNES Duodecimus
Ottaviano di Tuscolo
(Octavian Tuscul)
Rome, Papal States 18 / 26 Italian. Third Pope not to use his personal name, after John II and John III. Deposed in 963 by Emperor Otto invalidly; end of the "Saeculum obscurum".
- 6 Dec 963 –
26 Feb 964
(82 days)
(82)
  Leo VIII
Antipapa LEO Octavus
Leone
(Leon)
c.915 Rome, Papal States 48 / 49 Italian. Appointed antipope by Emperor Otto in 963 in opposition to John XII and Benedict V. He became the true pope after Benedict V was deposed.
130 26 Feb 964 –
14 May 964
(78 days)
(78)
  John XII
Papa IOANNES Duodecimus
Ottaviano di Tuscolo
(Octavian Tuscul)
c.937 Rome, Papal States 27 / 27 Italian. Murdered in 964.
131 22 May 964 –
23 June 964
(32 days)
(32)
  Benedict V
Papa BENEDICTUS Quintus
Benedetto
(Benedict)
c.915 Rome, Papal States 49 / 49 (†50) Italian. Elected by the people of Rome, in opposition to the Antipope Leo VIII who was appointed by Emperor Otto; he accepted his own deposition in 964 leaving Leo VIII as the sole pope.
132 23 June 964 –
1 March 965
(251 days)
(251)
  Leo VIII
Papa LEO Octavus
Leone
(Leon)
c.915 Rome, Papal States 49 / 50 Italian. Became the true pope after Benedict V was deposed, after being antipope from 963 to 964, in opposition to Pope John XII and Pope Benedict V. An appointee of the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I, his pontificate occurred during the period known as the Saeculum obscurum.
133 1 Oct 965 –
6 Sept 972
(6 years, 341 days)
(2532)
  John XIII
Papa IOANNES Tertius Decimus
Giovanni dei Crescenzi
(John of Crescence)
c.930 Rome, Papal States 45 / 52 Italian. Chronicled after his death as "the Good".
134 19 Jan 973 –
8 June 974
(1 year, 140 days)
(505)
  Benedict VI
Papa BENEDICTUS Sextus
Benedikt
(Benedict)
c.925 Rome, Papal States 48 / 49 German Italian. Deposed and murdered.
- July 974–
July 974
(30 days)
(30)
  Boniface VII
Antipapa BONFATIUS Septinus
Francone Ferucci
(Francon Feruce)
Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] Italian. In opposition to Pope Benedict VI and Pope Benedict VII
135 Oct 974 –
10 July 983
(8 years, 282 days)
(3204)
  Benedict VII
Papa BENEDICTUS Septimus
Benedetto di Spoleto
(Benedict of Spolet)
c.930 Rome, Papal States 44 / 53 Italian.

.

136 Dec 983 –
20 Aug 984
(263 days)
(263)
  John XIV
Papa IOANNES Quartus Decimus
Pietro Canepanora
(Peter Canepanore)
c.940 Pavia, Kingdom of Italy, Holy Roman Empire 43 / 44 Italian. Fourth Pope not to use his personal name, after John II, John III and John XII.
- 20 Aug. 984–
20 July 985
(334 days)
(334)
  Boniface VII
Antipapa BONFATIUS Septinus
Francone Ferucci
(Francon Feruce)
Rome, Roman Empire[birth 2] Italian. In opposition to Pope John XIV and Pope John XV
137 20 Aug 985 –
1 April 996
(10 years, 225 days)
(3877)
  John XV
Papa IOANNES Quintus Decimus
Giovanni di Gallina Alba
(John of Great Gallina)
c.950 Rome, Papal States 35 / 46 Italian. The first pope to formally canonize a saint.
138 3 May 996 –
18 Feb 999
(2 years, 291 days)
(2 years, 291 days)
  Gregory V
Papa GREGORIUS Quintus
Bruno von Kärnten
(Brune of Carinthia)
c.972 Duchy of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire 24 / 27 The first German Pope and fifth not to use his personal name. Henceforth, this decision became tradition among future popes.
- April 997–
Feb 985
(306 days)
(306)
  John XVI
Antipapa IOANNES Sextus Decimus
Iōánnēs Filágathos
(John Philagath)
O.S.B.
ca. 941 Rossano, Calabria, Italy, Eastern Roman Empire 55 / 56 (†60) Greek. In opposition to Pope Gregory V
139 2 April 999 –
12 May 1003
(4 years, 40 days)
(1500)
  Sylvester II
Papa SILVESTER Secundus
Gerbert d'Aurillac
(Gerbert Daurillac)
O.S.B.
c.940/42 Belliac, France 52 (54) / 56 (58) The first French pope.

2nd millennium

11th century

Popes of the 11th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
140 16 May 1003 –
6 Nov 1003
(174 days)
(174)
  John XVII
Papa IOANNES Septimus Decimus
Siccone Secchi
(Siccon Secch)
c.955 Rome, Papal States 48 / 48 Italian.
141 25 Dec 1003 –
18 July 1009
(5 years, 205 days)
(2032)
  John XVIII
Papa IOANNES Duodevi-
cesimus
Giovanni Fasano
(John Fasan)
c.965 Rapagnano,
Papal States
43 / 49 Italian.
142 31 July 1009 –
12 May 1012
(2 years, 286 days)
(1016)
  Sergius IV
Papa SERGIUS Quartus
Pietro Martino Boccadiporco
(Peter Martin Bucca Porca)
O.S.B.
c.970 Rome, Papal States 39 / 42 Italian.
- 12 June 1012 –
31 Dec. 1012
(202 days)
(202)
  Gregory VI
Antipapa GREGORIUS Sextus
Gregorio
(Gregory)
Rome, Papal States Italian. In opposition to Pope Benedict VIII,
143 18 May 1012 –
9 April 1024
(11 years, 327 days)
(4344)
  Benedict VIII
Papa BENEDICTUS Octavus
Teofilatto di Tuscolo
(Theophylact Tuscul)
c.980 Rome, Papal States 32 / 44 Italian.
144 14 May 1024 –
6 Oct 1032
(8 years, 145 days)
(3067)
  John XIX
Papa IOANNES Undevices-
imus
Romano di Tuscolo
(Roman Tuscul)
c.975 Rome, Papal States 49 / 57 Italian. Brother of Benedict VIII.
145 21 Oct 1032 –
31 Dec 1044
(12 years, 71 days)
(4454)
  Benedict IX
Papa BENEDICTUS Nonus
Teofilatto di Tuscolo
(Theophylact Tuscul)
Rome, Papal States 20 / 32 (†43) Italian; 1st Term.
146 13 Jan 1045 –
10 March 1045
(56 days)
(56)
  Sylvester III
Papa SILVESTER Tertius
Giovanni dei Crescenzi Ottaviani
(John of Crecence Octavian)
c.1000 Rome, Papal States 45 / 45 (†63) Italian. Validity of election questioned; considered Anti-Pope; deposed at the Council of Sutri.
147 10 March 1045 –
1 May 1045
(52 days)
(52)
  Benedict IX
Papa BENEDICTUS Nonus
Teofilatto di Tuscolo
(Theophylact Tuscul)
Rome, Papal States 33 / 33 (†43) Italian. 2nd Term; deposed at the Council of Sutri.
148 5 May 1045 –
20 Dec 1046
(1 year, 229 days)
(594)
  Gregory VI
Papa GREGORIUS Sextus
Giovanni Graziano Pierleoni
(John Gratian Perleon)
c.1000 Rome, Papal States 45 / 46 (†48) Italian. Deposed at the Council of Sutri.
149 24 Dec 1046 –
9 Oct 1047
(289 days)
(289)
  Clement II
Papa CLEMENS Secundus
Suidger von Morsleben-Hornburg
(Suidger Morsleben-Hornbourg)
c.967 Hornburg, Duchy of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire 79 / 80 German. Appointed by Henry III at the Council of Sutri; crowned Henry III as Holy Roman Emperor.
150 8 Nov 1047 –
17 July 1048
(252 days)
(252)
  Benedict IX
Papa BENEDICTUS Nonus
Teofilatto di Tuscolo
(Theophylact Tuscul)
1012 Rome, Papal States 35 / 36 (†43) Italian. 3rd Term; deposed and excommunicated.
151 16 July 1048 –
9 Aug 1048
(24 days)
(24)
  Damasus II
Papa DAMASUS Secundus
Poppo de Curagnoni
(Pop Curanon)
c.1000 Pildenau, Duchy of Bavaria, Holy Roman Empire 48 / 48 German.
152 12 Feb 1049 –
19 April 1054
(5 years, 66 days)
(1892)
  St Leo IX
Papa LEO Nonus
Bruno von Egisheim-Dagsburg
(Brune Egishine-Dagsbourg)
21 July 1002 Eguisheim, Duchy of Swabia, Holy Roman Empire 47 / 51 German. In 1054, mutual excommunications of Leo IX and Patriarch of Constantinople Michael I Cerularius began the East–West Schism. The anathematizations were rescinded by Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in 1965.[19]
153 13 April 1055 –
28 July 1057
(2 years, 106 days)
(837)
  Victor II
Papa VICTOR Secundus
Gebhard II von Calw-Dollnstein-Hirschberg
(Gebhard II Calw-Dollnstein-Hirsberg)
c.1018 Duchy of Swabia, Holy Roman Empire 37 / 39 German.
154 2 Aug 1057 –
29 March 1058
(239 days)
(239)
  Stephen IX
(Stephen X)
Papa STEPHANUS Nonus (Decimus)
Frederich, Herzog von Lothringen
(Frederick of Lorraine)
O.S.B.
c.1020 Duchy of Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire 37 / 38 German. Sometimes called Stephen X. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
- 4 April 1058 –
24 Jan 1059
(295 days)
(295)
  Benedict X
Antipapa BENEDICTUS Decimus
Giovanni Mincio di Tuscolo
(John Mince Tuscul)
Rome, Papal States Italian. In opposition to Pope Nicholas II,
155 6 Dec 1058 –
27 July 1061
(2 years, 233 days)
(964)
  Nicholas II
Papa NICOLAUS Secundus
Gerald de Bourgogne
(Gerald Bourgon)
c.980 Château de Chevron, County of Savoy, Holy Roman Empire 78 / 81 French. In 1059 the College of Cardinals was designated the sole body of pope electors in the document In nomine Domini. (Papal conclave).
- 30 Sept 1061
1072
(1,010 years, 185 days)
(369079)
  Honorius II
Antipapa HONORIUS Secundus
Pietro Candalus
(Peter Candal)
1010 Verona, Holy Roman Empire 61 / 72 Italian. In opposition to Pope Alexander II
156 30 Sept 1061
21 April 1073
(11 years, 203 days)
(4221)
  Alexander II
Papa ALEXANDER Secundus
Anselmo da Baggio
(Anselm of Bagge)
c.1018 Baggio, Milan, Holy Roman Empire 46 / 58 Italian. Authorised the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
157 22 April 1073
25 May 1085
(12 years, 33 days)
(4416)
  St Gregory VII
Papa GREGORIUS Septimus
Ildebrando Aldobrandeschi di Soana
(Hildebrand Aldobrandeschi of Soana)
O.S.B.
c.1015 Sovana, March of Tuscany, Holy Roman Empire 48 / 60 Italian. Initiated the Gregorian Reforms. Restricted the use of the title "Papa" to the Bishop of Rome.[4] Member of the Order of Saint Benedict. Political struggle with German Emperor Henry IV, who had to go to Canossa (1077).
- 25 Jun. 1080–
8 Sept. 1100
(20 years, 75 days)
(7379)
  Clement III
Antipapa CLEMENS Tertius
Pietro Cadalus
(Peter Candal)
1010 Verona, Holy Roman Empire 61 / 72 Italian. In opposition to Pope Gregory VII, Pope Victor III, Pope Urban II and Pope Paschal II
158 24 May 1086
16 Sept 1087
(1 year, 115 days)
(480)
  Bl. Victor III
Papa VICTOR Tertius
Dauferio Epifanio
(Dauphery Epiphen)
O.S.B.
c.1026 Benevento, Duchy of Benevento 60 / 61 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict. Called the Synod of Benevento (1087) condemning lay investiture.
159 12 March 1088
29 July 1099
(11 years, 139 days)
(4156)
  Bl. Urban II
Papa URBANUS Secundus
Odon de Lagery
(Oton of Lagery)
O.S.B.
c.1042 Châtillon-sur-Marne, County of Champagne, France 46 / 57 French. Preached and started the First Crusade. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
160 13 Aug 1099
21 Jan 1118
(18 years, 161 days)
(6735)
  Paschal II
Papa PASCHALIS Secundus
Rainero Ranieri
(Rainer Raniery)
O.S.B.
c.1050 Bleda, March of Tuscany, Holy Roman Empire 49 / 68 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict. Ordered the building of the basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati.
- 8 Sept. 1100–
Jan. 1101
(115 days)
(115)
  Theodoric
Antipapa THEODORICUS
Theodoro
c. 1030 Rome, Papal States 70 / 71 Italian. In opposition to Pope Paschal II

12th century

Popes of the 12th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
- Jan 1101 –
Feb 1102
(1 year, 31 days)
(396)
  Adalbert
Antipapa ADALBERTUS
Adalbert
O.S.B.
Rome, Papal States Roman Greek. In opposition to Pope Paschal II
- 08 Nov 1105–
11 April 1111
(5 years, 154 days)
(1980)
  Sylvester IV
Antipapa SILVESTER quartus
Maguinulf 1050 Rome, Papal States 49 / 55 (†56) Italian. In Opposition to Pope Paschal II
161   24 Jan 1118
29 Jan 1119
(1 year, 5 days)
(370)
  Gelasius II
Papa GELASIUS Secundus
Giovanni dei Caetani, O.S.B. c.1061 Gaeta, Duchy of Gaeta 57 / 58 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict.
-
10 Mar 1118–
20 April 1121
(3 years, 41 days)
(1980)
  Gregory VIII
Antipapa GREGORIUS octavus
Maurice Baurdain France French. In Opposition to Pope Gelasius II and Pope Callixtus II
162   2 Feb 1119
13 Dec 1124
(5 years, 315 days)
(2141)
  Callixtus II
Papa CALLISTUS Secundus
Gui de Bourgogne, Comte de Bourgogne c.1060 Quingey, Franche-Comté 59 / 64 French. Opened the First Council of the Lateran in 1123
-
16 Dec. 1124
16 Dec. 1124
(0 days)
(0)
  Celestine II
Antipapa COELESTINUS secundus
Teobaldo Boccapecci 1050 Rome, Papal States 74 / 74 (†76) French. In Opposition to Pope Honorius II
163 21 Dec 1124
13 Feb 1130
(5 years, 54 days)
(1880)
  Honorius II
Papa HONORIUS Secundus
Lamberto Scannabecchi da Fiagnano, Can.Reg. 9 Feb 1060 Fiagnano, Romagna, Holy Roman Empire 64 / 70 Italian. Canon Regular of S. Maria di San Reno. Approved the new military order of the Knights Templar in 1128.
164 14 Feb 1130
24 Sept 1143
(13 years, 222 days)
(4970)
  Innocent II
Antipapa INNOCENTIUS Secundus
Gregorio Papareschi, Can.Reg. c.1082 Rome, Papal States 48 / 61 Italian. Canon Regular of Lateran; Convened the Second Council of the Lateran, 1139
-
14 Feb. 1130
25 Jan. 1138
(7 years, 345 days)
(2902)
  Anacletus II
Antipapa ANACLETUS secundus
Pietro Pierleoni
O.S.B.
1090 Rome, Papal States 40 / 48 Italian. In Opposition to Pope Innocent II
-
23 Mar. 1138–
25 Mar. 1138
(2 days)
(2)
  Victor IV
Antipapa VICTOR Quartus
Gregorio Conti Rome, Papal States Italian. In Opposition to Pope Innocent II
165   26 Sept 1143
8 March 1144
(164 days)
(164)
  Celestine II
Papa COELESTINUS Secundus
Guido Guelfuccio de Castello c.1085 Città di Castello, Papal States 58 / 59 Italian.
166   12 March 1144
15 Feb 1145
(340 days)
(340)
  Lucius II
Papa LUCIUS Secundus
Gherardo Caccianemici dall'Orso, Can.Reg. c.1095 Bologna, Holy Roman Empire 49 / 50 Italian. Canon Regular of S. Frediano di Lucca.
167 15 Feb 1145
8 July 1153
(8 years, 143 days)
(3065)
  Bl. Eugene III
Papa EUGENIUS Tertius
Pietro dei Paganelli di Montemagno, O.Cist.[20] c.1080 Montemagno, Republic of Pisa 44 / 52 Italian. Member of the Order of Cistercians. Announced the Second Crusade.
168 12 July 1153
3 Dec 1154
(1 year, 144 days)
(509)
  Anastasius IV
Papa ANASTASIUS Quartus
Corrado Demitri della Suburra c.1073 Rome, Papal States 80 / 81 Italian.
169 4 Dec 1154
1 Sept 1159
(4 years, 271 days)
(1732)
  Adrian IV
Papa HADRIANUS Quartus
Nicholas Breakspear, Can.Reg. c.1100 Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, Kingdom of England 54 / 59 First and only English pope; purportedly granted Ireland to Henry II, King of England. Canon Regular of St. Rufus Monastery .
170 7 Sept 1159
30 Aug 1181
(21 years, 357 days)
(8028)
  Alexander III
Papa ALEXANDER Tertius
Rolando Bandinelli c.1100 Siena, Republic of Siena 59 / 81 Italian. Convened the Third Council of the Lateran, 1179.
-
7 Sept. 1159
20 Apr. 1164
(4 years, 226 days)
(1687)
  Victor IV
Antipapa VICTOR Quartus
Ottaviano dei Crescenzi Ottaviabi di Monticelli 1095 Rome, Papal States 64 / 69 Italian. In Opposition to Pope Alexander III
-
28 Apr 1164 –
22 Sept. 1168
(4 years, 147 days)
(1608)
  Paschal III
Antipapa PASCALIS Tertius
Ottaviano dei Crescenzi Ottaviabi di Monticelli 1110 Rome, Papal States 54 / 58 Italian. In Opposition to Pope Alexander III
-
30 Sept. 1168 –
29 Aug. 1178
(9 years, 333 days)
(3620})
  Callixtus III
Antipapa CALLIXTUS Tertius
Giovanni of Struma
O.S.B.
1090 Rome, Papal States 78 / 88 (†90) Italian. In Opposition to Pope Alexander III
-
29 Sept. 1179 –
Jan. 1180
(124 days)
(124})
  Innocent III
Antipapa INNOCENTIUS Tertius
Lanzo (Lando) of Sezze 1120 Sezze, Papal States 59 / 60 (†63) Italian. In Opposition to Pope Alexander III
171 1 Sept 1181
25 Nov 1185
(4 years, 85 days)
(1546)
  Lucius III
Papa LUCIUS Tertius
Ubaldo Allucignoli c.1097 Lucca, March of Tuscany, Holy Roman Empire 84 / 88 Italian.
172 25 Nov 1185
20 Oct 1187
(1 year, 329 days)
(694)
  Urban III
Papa URBANUS Tertius
Uberto Crivelli c.1100/05 Cuggiono, Holy Roman Empire 67 / 67 Italian.
173 21 Oct 1187
17 Dec 1187
(57 days)
(57)
  Gregory VIII
Papa GREGORIUS Octavus
Alberto de Morra, Can.Reg. c.1105/08 Benevento, Papal States 79 (82) / 79 (82) Italian. Canon Regular Premostratense. Proposed the Third Crusade.
174 19 Dec 1187
20 March 1191[21]
(3 years, 91 days)
(1187)
  Clement III
Papa CLEMENS Tertius
Paolo Scolari c.1130 Rome, Papal States 57 / 61 Italian.
175   30 March 1191
8 Jan 1198
(6 years, 284 days)
(2476)
  Celestine III
Papa COELESTINUS Tertius
Giacinto Bobone Orsini c.1106 Rome, Papal States 85 / 92 Motto: Perfice gressus meos in semitis tuis ("Going in Thy path")
Italian.
176   8 Jan 1198
16 July 1216
(18 years, 190 days)
(6764)
  Innocent III
Papa INNOCENTIUS Tertius
Lotario dei Conti di Segni 1161 Gavignano, Papal States 37 / 55 Italian. Convened the Fourth Council of the Lateran, 1215. Initiated the Fourth Crusade but later distanced himself from it and threatened participants with excommunication when it became clear that the leadership abandoned a focus on conquest of the Holy Land and instead intended to sack Christian cities.[22]Endorsed the Franciscan Order.

13th century

Popes of the 13th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
177
 
18 July 1216
18 March 1227
(10 years, 243 days)
(3895)
  Honorius III
Papa HONORIUS
Tertius
Cencio Savelli c.1148/50 Rome, Papal States 66 (68) / 77 (79) Italian. Initiated the Fifth Crusade. Approved several religious and tertiary orders.
178
 
19 March 1227
22 Aug 1241
(14 years, 156 days)
(5270)
  Gregory IX
Papa GREGORIUS Nonus
Ugolino dei Conti di Segni, O.F.S c.1145/70 Anagni, Papal States 57 (82) / 71 (96) Italian. Canonized Elisabeth of Hungary (1235). Initiated the Inquisition in France and endorsed the Northern Crusades.
179
 
25 Oct 1241
10 Nov 1241
(16 days)
(16)
  Celestine IV
Papa COELESTINUS Quartus
Goffredo Castiglioni c.1180/87 Milan, Italy, Holy Roman Empire 54 (61) / 54 (61) Italian. Died before coronation.
180
 
25 June 1243
7 Dec 1254
(11 years, 165 days)
(4183)
  Innocent IV
Papa INNOCENTIUS Quartus
Sinibaldo Fieschi c.1195 Genoa, Republic of Genoa, Holy Roman Empire 48 / 60 Italian. Convened the First Council of Lyons (1245). Issued the bull Ad extirpanda that permitted the torture of heretics (1252).
181
 
12 Dec 1254
25 May 1261
(6 years, 164 days)
(2356)
  Alexander IV
Papa ALEXANDER Quartus
Rinaldo dei Conti di Jenne c.1199 Jenne, Papal States 55 / 62 Italian. Established an Inquisition in France.
182
 
29 Aug 1261
2 Oct 1264
(3 years, 34 days)
(1130)
  Urban IV
Papa URBANUS Quartus
Jacques Pantaléon c.1195 Troyes, County of Champagne, France 66 / 69 French. Instituted the feast of Corpus Christi (1264).
183
 
5 Feb 1265
29 Nov 1268
(3 years, 298 days)
(1393)
  Clement IV
Papa CLEMENS
Quartus
Gui Faucoi 23 Nov 1190 Saint-Gilles, Languedoc, France 62 / 66 French.
29 Nov 1268 –
1 Sept 1271 (2 years, 275 days)
  Interregnum Almost three-year period without a valid pope elected. This was due to a deadlock among cardinals voting for the pope.
184
 
1 Sept 1271
10 Jan 1276
(4 years, 131 days)
(1592)
  Bl. Gregory X
Papa GREGORIUS Decimus
Tebaldo Visconti, O.F.S c.1210 Piacenza, Italy, Holy Roman Empire 51 / 66 Italian. Convened the Second Council of Lyons (1274). Responsible for regulation all papal conclaves until the 20th century.
185
 
21 Jan 1276
22 June 1276
(153 days)
(153)
  Bl. Innocent V
Papa INNOCENTIUS Quintus
Pierre de Tarentaise, O.P. c.1224/5 County of Savoy, Holy Roman Empire 52 / 52 French. Member of the Dominican Order.
186
 
11 July 1276
18 Aug 1276
(38 days)
(38 days)
  Adrian V
Papa HADRIANUS Quintus
Ottobuono Fieschi c.1216 Genoa, Republic of Genoa, Holy Roman Empire 60 / 60 Italian. Annulled Gregory X's papal bull on the regulations of papal conclaves.
187
 
8 Sept 1276
20 May 1277
(254 days)
(254)
  John XXI
Papa IOANNES Vicesimus Primus
Pedro Julião (a.k.a. Petrus Hispanus and Pedro Hispano) c.1215 Lisbon, Portugal 60 / 70 Portuguese. Due to a confusion over the numbering of popes named John in the 13th century, there was no John XX. There has never been a John XX, because the 20th pope of this name formerly when elected, decided to skip the number XX and be counted as John XXI instead. He wanted to correct what in his time was believed to be an error in the counting of his predecessors John XV to XIX
188
 
25 Nov 1277
22 Aug 1280
(2 years, 271 days)
(1001)
  Nicholas III
Papa NICOLAUS
Tertius
Giovanni Gaetano Orsini c.1216 Rome, Papal States 61 / 64 Italian. Planned the Sicilian Vespers.
189
 
22 Feb 1281
28 March 1285
(4 years, 34 days)
(1495)
  Martin IV
Papa MARTINUS Quartus
Simon de Brion c.1210 Meinpicien, Touraine, France 71 / 75 French.
190
 
2 April 1285
3 April 1287
(2 years, 1 day)
(731)
  Honorius IV
Papa HONORIUS Quartus
Giacomo Savelli c.1210 Rome, Papal States 75 / 77 Italian.
191
 
22 Feb 1288
4 April 1292
(4 years, 42 days)
(1503)
  Nicholas IV
Papa NICOLAUS Quartus
Girolamo Masci, O.F.M. 30 Sept 1227 Lisciano, Papal States 60 / 64 Italian. Member of the Franciscan Order.
4 April 1292 –
5 July 1294 (2 years, 94 days)
  Interregnum Two-year period without a valid pope elected. This was due to a deadlock among cardinals voting for the pope.
192
 
5 July 1294
13 Dec 1294
(161 days)
  St Celestine V
Papa COELESTINUS Quintus
Pietro Angelerio, O.S.B. c.1207/09 Sant'Angelo Limosano, Kingdom of Sicily 85 (87) / (85) 87 (†87/9) Italian. One of the few popes who abdicated voluntarily. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict. Founded the Celestines. Resigned from office and rumored to have been murdered in prison by Boniface VIII.
193
 
24 Dec 1294
11 Oct 1303
(8 years, 291 days)
  Boniface VIII
Papa BONIFATIUS Octavus
Benedetto Caetani c.1230/36 Anagni, Papal States 59 (64) / 68 (73) Italian. Formalized the Jubilee in 1300. Issued Unam Sanctam (1302) which proclaimed papal supremacy and pushing it to its historical extreme.

14th century

Popes of the 14th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
194
 
22 Oct 1303
7 July 1304
(259 days)
(259)
  Bl. Benedict XI
Papa BENEDICTUS Undecimus
Niccolò Boccasini, O.P. c.1240 Treviso, Papal States 63 / 64 Motto: Illustra faciem Tuam super servum Tuum ("Let Your Face shine upon Your servant")

Italian. Member of the Dominican Order. Reverted Boniface VIII's Unam Sanctam.

195
 
5 June 1305
20 April 1314
(8 years, 319 days)
(3241)
  Clement V
Papa CLEMENS Quintus
Raymond Bertrand de Gouth/ de Goth/de Got c.1264 Villandraut, Gascony, France 41 / 50 French. Pope at Avignon. Convened the Council of Vienne (1311–1312). Initiated the persecution of the Knights Templar with the bull Pastoralis Praeeminentiae under pressure from King Philip IV of France.
20 April 1314 –
7 Aug 1316 (2 years, 111 days)
  Interregnum Two-year period without a valid pope elected. This was due to a deadlock among cardinals voting for the pope.
196
 
7 Aug 1316
4 Dec 1334
(18 years, 119 days)
(6693)
  John XXII
Papa IOANNES Vicesimus Secundus
Jacques d'Euse; Jacques Duèse c.1244/49 Cahors, Quercy, France 67 (72) / 85 (90) French. Pope at Avignon. Controversial for his views on the Beatific Vision.
-
12 May 1328–
25 July 1330
(2 years, 74 days)
(804)
  Nicholas V
Papa Nicolaus Quintus
Pietro Rainalducci,
O.F.M.
1260 Corvaro, Papal States 68 / 70 (†73) Italian. In Opposition to John XXII
197
 
20 Dec 1334
25 April 1342
(7 years, 126 days)
(2683)
  Benedict XII
Papa BENEDICTUS Duodecimus
Jacques Fournier, O.Cist. c.1280/85 Saverdun, County of Foix, France 49 (54) / 57 (62) French. Pope at Avignon. Member of the Order of Cistercians. Known for issuing the Apostolic constitution Benedictus Deus (1336).
198
 
7 May 1342
6 Dec 1352
(10 years, 213 days)
(3866)
  Clement VI
Papa CLEMENS Sextus
Pierre Roger, O.S.B. c.1291 Maumont, Limousin, France 51 / 61 French. Pope at Avignon. Reigned during the Black Death and absolved those who died of it of their sins.
199
 
18 Dec 1352
12 Sept 1362
(9 years, 268 days)
(3555)
  Innocent VI
Papa INNOCENTIUS Sextus
Étienne Aubert c.1282 Les Monts, Limousin, France 70 / 80 French. Pope at Avignon. Through his exertions the Treaty of Brétigny (1360) was brought about.
200
 
28 Sept 1362
19 Dec 1370
(8 years, 82 days)
(3004)
  Bl. Urban V
Papa URBANUS Quintus
Guillaume (de) Grimoard, O.S.B. c.1309/10 Grizac, Languedoc, France 52 (53) / 60 (61) French. Pope at Avignon. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict. Reformed areas of education and sent missionary movements across Europe and Asia. His pontificate witnessed the Alexandrian and Savoyard crusades.
201
 
30 Dec 1370
27 March 1378
(7 years, 87 days)8
(2644)
  Gregory XI
Papa GREGORIUS Undecimus
Pierre Roger de Beaufort c.1329 Maumont, Limousin, France 41 / 49 French. Pope at Avignon; returns to Rome. The last French pope.
202
 
8 April 1378
15 Oct 1389
(11 years, 190 days)
(4208)
  Urban VI
Papa URBANUS Sextus
Bartolomeo Prignano c.1318 Naples, Kingdom of Naples 60 / 71 Italian. Western Schism. Last pontiff to be elected outside the College of Cardinals.
-
 
20 September 1378 –
16 September 1394
(15 years, 353 days)
(5832 days)
  Clement VII
Papa CLEMENS Septinus
Robert of Geneva 1342 Chateau d'Annecy, County of Savoy, H.R.E. 36 / 52 French. In Opposition to Urban VI (1378-89) and Boniface IX (1389-1404)
-
 
28 September 1394 –
23 May 1423
(28 years, 237 days)
(10463 days)
  Benedict XIII
Papa BENEDICTUS Quartus Decimus
Pedro Martínez de Luna y Pérez de Gotor 25 November 1328 Chateau d'Annecy, County of Savoy, H.R.E. 66 / 94 French. In Opposition to Popes Boniface IX (1389-1404), Innocent VII (1404-06), Gregory XII (1406-15), Martin V (1417-31) and Pisan Antipopes Alexander V (1409-10) and John XXIII (1410-15)
203
 
2 Nov 1389
1 Oct 1404
(14 years, 334 days)
(5446 days)
  Boniface IX
Papa BONIFATIUS Nonus
Pietro Tomacelli Cybo c.1348/50 Naples, Kingdom of Naples 33 (35) / 48 (50) Italian. Western Schism.

15th century

  • R This pope resigned his office.
  • B The exact birth date of Innocent VIII and almost all popes prior to Eugene IV is unknown, therefore the lowest probable age has been assumed for this table.
Popes of the 15th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
204
 
17 Oct 1404
6 Nov 1406
(2 years, 20 days)
(750)
  Innocent VII
Papa INNOCENTIUS Septimus
Cosimo Gentile Migliorati 1336/39 Sulmona, Kingdom of Naples 65 (68) / 67 (71) [B] Italian. Western Schism.
205
 
30 Nov 1406
4 July 1415
(8 years, 216 days)
(3138)
  Gregory XII
Papa Gregorius Duodecimus
Angelo Correr 14 May 1324 Venice, Republic of Venice 82 / 91 (†91) Italian. Western Schism. Last Pope to abdicate during the Second Millennium CE. Died 18 October 1417.
-
 
30 June 1409
3 May 1410
(307 days)
(307)
  Alexander V
Antipapa Alexandaer Quintus
Petros Philargos,
O.F.M.
1339 Candia Lomellina, Lombardy, Duchy of Milan 70 / 71 Greek. Western Schism; In Opposition to Gregory XII considered a legitimate Pope until 1963 and is numbered as such to this day.
-
 
25 May 1410
30 May 1415
(5 years, 5 days)
(1831)
  John XXIII
Antipapa Alexandaer Quintus
Baldassarre Cossa 1365 Procida, Naples 45 / 50 (†54) Italian. Western Schism; In Opposition to Gregory XII, Abdicated, later Became The Dean of the College of Cardinals in 1417. Was considered a legitimate Pope until 1963. Convened Council of Constance.
4 July 1415 –
11 Nov 1417
(2 years, 136 days)
(867days)
  Interregnum Two-year period without a valid pope elected. Council of Constance collectively exercised Papal power until all popes were dead.
206
 
11 Nov 1417
20 Feb 1431
(13 years, 101 days)
(4849)
  Martin V
Papa MARTINUS Quintus
Oddone Colonna, O.F.S Jan/Feb 1369 Genazzano, Papal States 48 / 62 Italian. Convened the Council of Basel (1431). Initiated the Hussite Wars.
-
12 November 1425 –
26 July 1429
(6 years, 49 days)
(2241)
  Clement VIII
Antipapa Clemens Octavus
Gil Sánchez Muñoz y Carbón 1369 Teruel, Aragon 54 / 60 (†77) Italian. Western Schism; In Opposition to Martin V
-
 
5 November 1439
7 April 1449
(9 years, 153 days)
(3441)
  Felix V
Antipapa Felix Quintus
Amadeus VIII of Savoy 4 September 1383 Chambéry, France 56 / 65 (†67) French. In Opposition to Martin V and Eugene IV'
207
 
3 March 1431
23 Feb 1447
(15 years, 357 days)
(5836)
  Eugene IV
Papa EUGENIUS Quartus
Gabriele Condulmer, O.S.A. 1383 Venice, Republic of Venice 47 / 63 [B] Italian. Member of the Augustinian Order. Nephew of Martin V. Crowned Sigismund emperor at Rome in 1433. Transferred the Council of Basel to Ferrara. It was later transferred again, to Florence, because of the Bubonic plague.
208
 
6 March 1447
24 March 1455
(8 years, 18 days)
(2940)
  Nicholas V
Papa NICOLAUS Quintus
Tommaso Parentucelli, O.P. 13 Nov 1397 Sarzana, Republic of Genoa 49 / 57 Italian. Member of the Dominican Order. Held the Jubilee of 1450. Crowned Frederick III emperor at Rome (1452). Issued the Papal Bull Dum Diversas allowing Portugal's right to conquer and subjugate Saracens and pagans (1452). Created a library in the Vatican which would eventually become the Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana.
209
 
8 April 1455
6 Aug 1458
(3 years, 120 days)
(1216)
  Callixtus III
Papa CALLISTUS Tertius
Alfonso de Borja 31 Dec 1378 Xàtiva, Kingdom of Valencia, Crown of Aragon 76 / 79 The first Spanish pope. Ordered the Feast of the Transfiguration to be celebrated on 6 August. Ordered the retrial of Joan of Arc, in which she was vindicated.
210
 
19 Aug 1458
15 Aug 1464
(5 years, 362 days)
(5 years, 362 days)
  Pius II
Papa PIUS Secundus
Enea Silvio Piccolomini 18 Oct 1405 Corsignano, Republic of Siena 52 / 58 Italian. Displayed a great interest in urban planning. Founded Pienza near Siena as the ideal city in 1462. Known for his work on the Commentaries.
211
 
30 Aug 1464
26 July 1471
(6 years, 330 days)
(2521)
  Paul II
Papa PAULUS Secundus
Pietro Barbo 23 Feb 1417 Venice, Republic of Venice 47 / 54 Italian. The nephew of Eugene IV. Built the Palazzo San Marco (now Palazzo Venezia). Approved the introduction of printing in the Papal States.
212
 
9 Aug 1471
12 Aug 1484
(13 years, 3 days)
  Sixtus IV
Papa XYSTUS Quartus
Francesco della Rovere, O.F.M. 21 July 1414 Celle Ligure, Republic of Genoa 57 / 70 Italian. Member of the Franciscan Order. Commissioned the Sistine Chapel. Authorized an Inquisition targeting converted Jewish Christians in Spain at the request of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.
213
 
29 Aug 1484
25 July 1492
(7 years, 331 days)
(2887)
  Innocent VIII
Papa INNOCENTIUS Octavus
Giovanni Battista Cybo 1432 Genoa, Republic of Genoa 51 / 59 [B] Italian. Appointed Tomás de Torquemada. Endorsed the prosecution of witchcraft in the bull Summis desiderantes affectibus (1484).
214
 
11 Aug 1492
18 Aug 1503
(11 years, 7 days)
(4023)
  Alexander VI
Papa ALEXANDER Sextus
Roderic Llançol i de Borja 1 Jan 1431 Xàtiva, Kingdom of Valencia, Crown of Aragon 61 / 72 Spanish; Nephew of Callixtus III; father to Cesare Borgia and Lucrezia Borgia. Divided the extra-European world between Spain and Portugal in the bull Inter caetera (1493). No Alexander V due to the antipope.

16th century

Popes of the 16th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
215
 
22 Sept 1503
18 Oct 1503
(26 days)
(26)
  Pius III
Papa PIUS Tertius
Francesco Todeschini Piccolomini 29 May 1439 Siena, Republic of Siena 64 / 64 Italian. Nephew of Pius II. Founded the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral.
216
 
31 Oct 1503
21 Feb 1513
(9 years, 113 days)
(3401)
  Julius II
Papa IULIUS Secundus
Giuliano della Rovere, O.F.M. 5 Dec 1443 Albisola, Republic of Genoa 59 / 69 Italian. Nephew of Sixtus IV; convened the Fifth Council of the Lateran (1512). Took control of all the Papal States for the first time. Commissioned Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Commissioned the rebuilding of St Peter's Basilica.
217
 
9 March 1513
1 Dec 1521
(8 years, 267 days)
(3189)
  Leo X
Papa LEO Decimus
Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici 11 Dec 1475 Florence, Republic of Florence 37 / 45 Italian. Son of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Closed the Fifth Council of the Lateran. Remembered for granting indulgences to those who donated to rebuild St. Peter's Basilica; excommunicated Martin Luther (1521). Extended the Spanish Inquisition into Portugal.
218
 
9 Jan 1522
14 Sept 1523
(1 year, 248 days)
(613)
  Adrian VI
Papa HADRIANUS Sextus
Adriaan Floriszoon Boeyens 2 March 1459 Utrecht, Bishopric of Utrecht, Holy Roman Empire (now Netherlands) 62 / 64 Motto: Patere et sustine ("Respect and wait")[23]

The only Dutch pope; last non-Italian to be elected pope until John Paul II in 1978. Tutor of Emperor Charles V. Retained his baptismal name as his regnal name.

219
 
26 Nov 1523
25 Sept 1534
(10 years, 303 days)
(3956)
  Clement VII
Papa CLEMENS Septimus
Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici 26 May 1478 Florence, Republic of Florence 45 / 56 Motto: Candor illæsus ("Unharmed candor")[24]

Italian; Cousin of Leo X. Rome plundered by imperial troops (1527). Forbade the divorce of Henry VIII; crowned Charles V as emperor at Bologna (1530). His niece was married to the future Henry II of France. Ordered Michelangelo's painting of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.

220
 
13 Oct 1534
10 Nov 1549
(15 years, 28 days)
(5507)
  Paul III
Papa PAULUS Tertius
Alessandro Farnese 29 Feb 1468 Canino, Lazio, Papal States 66 / 81 Italian. Opened the Council of Trent (1545). His illegitimate son became the first Duke of Parma. Decreed the second and final excommunication of Henry VIII. Appointed Michelangelo to supervise construction of St. Peter's Basilica (1546).
221
 
7 Feb 1550
29 March 1555
(5 years, 50 days)
(1876)
  Julius III
Papa IULIUS Tertius
Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte 10 Sept 1487 Rome, Lazio, Papal States 62 / 67 Italian. Established the Collegium Germanicum (1552). Reconvened the Council of Trent. The Innocenzo Scandal.
222
 
9 April 1555
1 May 1555
(22 days)(22 days)
  Marcellus II
Papa MARCELLUS Secundus
Marcello Cervini degli Spannochi 6 May 1501 Montefano, Marche, Papal States 53 / 53 Italian. The last to use his birth name as the regnal name. Instituted immediate economies in Vatican expenditures. The Missa Papae Marcelli composed in his honour.
223
 
23 May 1555
18 Aug 1559
(4 years, 87 days)
(1548)
  Paul IV
Papa PAULUS Quartus
Giovanni Pietro Carafa, C.R. 28 Jun 1476 Capriglia Irpina, Campania, Kingdom of Naples 78 / 83 Motto: Dominus mihi adjutor ("The Lord is my helper")[25]

Italian. Member of the Theatines. Established the Roman Ghetto in Cum Nimis Absurdum (1555) and established the Index of Forbidden Books. Ordered Michelangelo to repaint the nudes of The Last Judgment modestly.

224
 
26 Dec 1559
9 Dec 1565
(5 years, 348 days)
(2175)
  Pius IV
Papa PIUS Quartus
Giovanni Angelo Medici 31 Mar 1499 Milan, Duchy of Milan 60 / 66 Italian. Reopened and closed the Council of Trent. Ordered public construction to improve the water supply of Rome. Instituted the Tridentine Creed.
225
 
7 Jan 1566
1 May 1572
(6 years, 115 days)
(2306)
  St Pius V
Papa PIUS Quintus
Antonio Ghislieri, O.P. 17 Jan 1504 Bosco, Piedmont, Duchy of Milan 61 / 68 Motto: Utinam dirigantur viæ meæ ad custodiendas ("It binds us to keep")[26]

Italian. Member of the Dominican Order. Excommunicated Elizabeth I (1570). Battle of Lepanto (1571); instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory. Issued the 1570 Roman Missal.

226
 
13 May 1572
10 April 1585
(12 years, 332 days)
(4715)
  Gregory XIII
Papa GREGORIUS Tertius Decimus
Ugo Boncompagni 7 Jan 1502 Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States 70 / 83 Motto: Aperuit et clausit ("Opened and closed")[27]

Italian. Reformed the calendar (1582); built the Gregorian Chapel in the Vatican. The first pope to bestow the Immaculate Conception as Patroness to the Philippine Islands through the bull Ilius Fulti Præsido (1579). Strengthened diplomatic ties with Asian nations.

227
 
24 April 1585
27 Aug 1590
(5 years, 125 days)
(1951)
  Sixtus V
Papa XYSTUS Quintus
Felice Peretti di Montalto, O.F.M. Conv. 13 Dec 1521 Grottammare, Marche, Papal States 63 / 68 Italian. Member of the Conventual Franciscan Order. Known for fixing and completing building works to major basilicas in Rome. Limited the College of Cardinals to 70 in number; doubled the number of curial congregations.
228
 
15 Sept 1590
27 Sept 1590
(12 days)
  Urban VII
Papa URBANUS Septimus
Giovanni Battista Castagna 4 Aug 1521 Rome, Lazio, Papal States 69 / 69 Italian; Supported by the Spanish. Shortest-reigning pope; died before coronation. Set the first known worldwide smoking ban, banning smoking in and near all churches.
229
 
5 Dec 1590
16 Oct 1591
(315 days)
(315)
  Gregory XIV
Papa GREGORIUS Quartus Decimus
Niccolò Sfondrati 11 Feb 1535 Somma Lombardo, Lombardy, Duchy of Milan 55 / 56 Italian. Modified the constitution Effraenatam of Sixtus V so that the penalty for abortion did not apply until the foetus became animated (1591). Made gambling on papal elections punishable by excommunication.
230
 
29 Oct 1591
30 Dec 1591
(62 days)
(62)
  Innocent IX
Papa INNOCENTIUS Nonus
Giovanni Antonio Facchinetti 20 July 1519 Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States 72 / 72 Italian. Supported the cause of Philip II and the Catholic League against Henry IV in the French Wars of Religion. Prohibited the alienation of church property.
231
 
30 Jan 1592
3 March 1605
(13 years, 32 days)
(4781)
  Clement VIII
Papa CLEMENS Octavus
Ippolito Aldobrandini 24 Feb 1536 Fano, Marche, Papal States 55 / 69 Italian. Initiated an alliance of European Christian powers to partake in the war with the Ottoman Empire known as The Long War (1595). Convened the Congregatio de Auxiliis which addressed doctrinal disputes between the Dominicans and Jesuits regarding free will and divine grace.[28]

17th century

Popes of the 17th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
232
 
1 April 1605
27 April 1605
(26 days)
(26)
  Leo XI
Papa LEO Undecimus
Alessandro Ottaviano de' Medici 2 June 1535 Florence, Duchy of Florence 69 / 69 Italian. The nephew of Leo X. Called "Papa Lampo" (Lightning Pope) for his brief pontificate.
233
 
16 May 1605
28 Jan 1621
(15 years, 257 days)
(5736)
  Paul V
Papa PAULUS Quintus
Camillo Borghese 17 Sept 1550 Rome, Lazio, Papal States 52 / 68 Motto: Absit nisi in te gloriari ("May it be absent, except to glory in you")[29]

Italian. Known for various building projects which included the facade of St Peter's Basilica. Established the Bank of the Holy Spirit (1605); restored the Aqua Traiana.

234
 
9 Feb 1621
8 July 1623
(2 years, 149 days)
(879)
  Gregory XV
Papa GREGORIUS Quintus Decimus
Alessandro Ludovisi 9 Jan 1554 Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States 67 / 69 Italian. Established the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (1622). Issued the bull Aeterni Patris (1621) which imposed conclaves to be by secret ballot. Issued the constitution Omnipotentis Dei against magicians and witches (1623).
235
 
6 Aug 1623
29 July 1644
(20 years, 358 days)
(7663)
  Urban VIII
Papa URBANUS Octavus
Maffeo Barberini 5 April 1568 Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany 55 / 76 Italian. Trial against Galileo Galilei. The last pope to expand papal territory by force of arms. Issued a 1624 bull that made the use of tobacco in holy places punishable by excommunication.
236
 
15 Sept 1644
7 Jan 1655
(10 years, 114 days)
(3766)
  Innocent X
Papa INNOCENTIUS Decimus
Giovanni Battista Pamphilj 6 May 1574 Rome, Lazio, Papal States 70 / 80 Motto: Alleviatæ sunt aquæ super terram ("Water on earth")[30]

Italian. The great-great-great-grandson of Alexander VI. Erected the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona. Promulgated the apostolic constitution Cum occasione (1653) which condemned five doctrines of Jansenism as heresy.

237
 
7 April 1655
22 May 1667
(12 years, 45 days)
(4428)
  Alexander VII
Papa ALEXANDER Septimus
Fabio Chigi 13 Feb 1599 Siena, Grand Duchy of Tuscany 56 / 68 Italian. Great-nephew of Paul V. Commissioned St. Peter's Square. Issued the constitution Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum that set the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception almost identical to that of Pius IX centuries later.
238
 
20 June 1667
9 Dec 1669
(2 years, 172 days)
(903)
  Clement IX
Papa CLEMENS Nonus
Giulio Rospigliosi 28 Jan 1600 Pistoia, Grand Duchy of Tuscany 67 / 69 Motto: Aliis non sibi Clemens ("Clement to others, not to himself")[31]

Italian. Mediated in the peace of Aachen (1668).

239
 
29 April 1670
22 July 1676
(6 years, 84 days)
(2276)
  Clement X
Papa CLEMENS Decimus
Emilio Bonaventura Altieri 13 July 1590 Rome, Lazio, Papal States 79 / 86 Bonum auget malum minuit ("He increases good and diminishes evil")[32]

Italian. Canonized the first saint from the Americas: St. Rose of Lima (1671). Decorated the bridge of Sant' Angelo with the ten statues of angels and the two fountains that adorn the piazza of St. Peter's. Established regulations for the removal of relics of saints from cemeteries.

240
 
21 Sept 1676
12 Aug 1689
(12 years, 325 days)
(4708})
  Bl. Innocent XI
Papa INNOCENTIUS Undecimus
Benedetto Odescalchi 16 May 1611 Como, Lombardy, Duchy of Milan 65 / 78 Motto: Avarus non Implebitur ("The covetous man is not satisfied")[33]

Italian. Condemned the doctrine of mental reservation (1679) and initiated the Holy League. Extended the Holy Name of Mary as a universal feast (1684). Admired for positive contributions to catechesis.

241
 
6 Oct 1689
1 Feb 1691
(1 year, 118 days)
(483)
  Alexander VIII
Papa ALEXANDER Octavus
Pietro Vito Ottoboni 22 April 1610 Venice, Republic of Venice 79 / 80 Italian. Condemned the so-called philosophical sin (1690).
242
 
12 July 1691
27 Sept 1700
(9 years, 77 days)
(3364)
  Innocent XII
Papa INNOCENTIUS Duodecimus
Antonio Pignatelli, O.F.S 13 March 1615 Spinazzola, Apulia, Kingdom of Naples 76 / 85 Italian. Issued the bull Romanum decet Pontificem to stop nepotism (1692). Erected various charitable and educational institutions.

18th century

Popes of the 18th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
243
 
23 Nov 1700
19 March 1721
(20 years, 116 days)
(7421)
  Clement XI
Papa CLEMENS Undecimus
Giovanni Francesco Albani 23 July 1649 Urbino, Marche, Papal States 51 / 71 Italian. The "Chinese Rites" controversy. Patronized the first archaeological excavations in the Roman catacombs and made the feast of the Immaculate Conception universal.[13]
244
 
8 May 1721
7 March 1724
(2 years, 304 days)
(1034)
  Innocent XIII
Papa INNOCENTIUS Tertius Decimus
Michelangelo dei Conti 13 May 1655 Poli, Lazio, Papal States 65 / 68 Italian. Prohibited the Jesuits from prosecuting their mission in China ordering that no new members should be received into the order.
245
 
29 May 1724
21 Feb 1730
(5 years, 268 days)
(2094)
  S.D. Benedict XIII
Papa BENEDICTUS Tertius Decimus
Pietro Francesco Orsini, O.P. 2 Feb 1649 Gravina in Puglia, Bari, Kingdom of Naples 75 / 81 Italian. Member of the Dominican Order; third and last member of the Orsini family to be pope. Originally called Benedict XIV due to the antipope but reverted to XIII. Repealed the worldwide tobacco smoking ban set by Urban VII and Urban VIII.
246
 
12 July 1730
6 Feb 1740
(9 years, 209 days)
(3496)
  Clement XII
Papa CLEMENS Duodecimus
Lorenzo Corsini, O.F.S 7 April 1652 Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany 78 / 87 Motto: Dabis discernere inter malum et bonum ("You shall deign to distinguish between good and evil")[34]

Italian. [Completed the new façade of the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran (1735). Commissioned the Trevi Fountain in Rome (1732). Condemned Freemasonry in In eminenti apostolatus (1738). Last pope to be elected at an old age until Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

247
 
17 Aug 1740
3 May 1758
(17 years, 259 days)
(6468)
  Benedict XIV
Papa BENEDICTUS Quartus Decimus
Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini 31 March 1675 Bologna, Papal States 65 / 83 Motto: Curabuntur omnes ("All will be healed")[35]

Italian. Reformed the education of priests and the calendar of feasts. Completed the Trevi Fountain and affirmed the teachings of Thomas Aquinas; founded academies of art, religion and science.

248
 
6 July 1758
2 Feb 1769
(10 years, 211 days)
(3864)
  Clement XIII
Papa CLEMENS Tertius Decimus
Carlo della Torre di Rezzonico 7 March 1693 Venice, Republic of Venice 65 / 75 Italian. Provided the famous fig leaves on nude male statues in the Vatican. Defended the Society of Jesus in "Apostolicum pascendi" (1765).
249
 
19 May 1769
22 Sept 1774
(5 years, 126 days)
(1952)
  Clement XIV
Papa CLEMENS Quartus Decimus
Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli, O.F.M. Conv. 31 Oct 1705 Sant'
Arcangelo di Romagna
, Papal States
63 / 68 Italian. Member of the Conventual Franciscan Order. Suppressed the Society of Jesus in the brief "Dominus ac Redemptor" (1773).
250
 
15 Feb 1775
29 Aug 1799
(24 years, 195 days)
(8961)
  Pius VI
Papa PIUS Sextus
Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi 25 Dec 1717 Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States 57 / 81 Motto: Floret in domo domini ("It blossoms in the house of God")[36]

Italian. Condemned the French Revolution; expelled from the Papal States by French troops from 1798 until his death. The last pope to be a patron of Renaissance art.

29 Aug 1799 –
14 March 1800 (228 days)
  Interregnum Six-month period without a valid pope elected. This was due to unique logistical problems (the old pope died a prisoner and the conclave was in Venice) and a deadlock among cardinals voting.

19th century

Popes of the 19th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
251
 
14 March 1800
20 Aug 1823
(23 years, 159 days)
(8559)
  S.D. Pius VII
Papa PIUS Septimus
Count Barnaba Niccolò Maria Luigi Chiaramonti, O.S.B. 14 Aug 1742 Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States 57 / 81 Italian. Member of the Order of Saint Benedict. Present at Napoleon's coronation as Emperor of the French. Expelled from the Papal States by the French between 1809 and 1814.
252
 
28 Sept 1823
10 Feb 1829
(5 years, 135 days)
(1962)
  Leo XII
Papa LEO Duodecimus
Count Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola Sermattei della Genga 22 Aug 1760 Genga, Marche, Papal States 63 / 68 Italian. Placed the Catholic educational system under the control of the Jesuits through Quod divina sapientia (1824). Condemned the Bible societies.
253
 
31 March 1829
30 Nov 1830
(1 year, 244 days)
(609)
  Pius VIII
Papa PIUS Octavus
Francesco Saverio Castiglioni 20 Nov 1761 Cingoli, Marche, Papal States 67 / 69 Italian. Accepted Louis Philippe I as King of the French. Condemned the masonic secret societies and modernist biblical translations in the brief Litteris altero (1830).
254
 
2 Feb 1831
1 June 1846
(15 years, 119 days)
(5598)
  Gregory XVI
Papa GREGORIUS Sextus Decimus
Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari, O.S.B. Cam. 18 Sept 1765 Belluno, Veneto, Republic of Venice 65 / 80 Italian. Member of the Camaldolese Order; last non-bishop to be elected to the papacy. Opposed democratic and modernising reforms in the Papal States.
255
 
16 June 1846
7 Feb 1878
(31 years, 236 days)
(11559)
  Bl. Pius IX
Papa PIUS Nonus
Count Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, O.F.S. 13 May 1792 Senigallia, Marche, Papal States 54 / 85 Italian. Opened the First Vatican Council; lost the Papal States to Italy. Defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and defined papal infallibility. Issued the controversial Syllabus of Errors. Longest serving pope in history.
256
 
20 Feb 1878
20 July 1903
(25 years, 150 days)
(9280)
  Leo XIII
Papa LEO Tertius Decimus
Gioacchino Vincenzo Raffaele Luigi Pecci, O.F.S. 2 March 1810 Carpineto Romano, Lazio, Italy 67 / 93 Italian. Issued the encyclical Rerum novarum; supported Christian democracy against Communism. Had the third-longest reign after Pius IX, and John Paul II. Promoted the rosary and the scapular and approved two new Marian scapulars; first pope to fully embrace the concept of Mary as mediatrix.

20th century

Popes of the 20th century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
257
 
4 Aug 1903
20 Aug 1914
(11 years, 16 days)
(4034)
  St Pius X
Papa PIUS Decimus
Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, O.F.S. 2 June 1835 Riese, Treviso, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia 68 / 79 Motto: Instaurare Omnia in Christo ("Restore all things in Christ")

Italian. Encouraged and expanded reception of the Eucharist. Combatted Modernism; issued the oath against it. Advocated the Gregorian Chant and reformed the Roman Breviary.

258
 
3 Sept 1914
22 Jan 1922
(7 years, 141 days)
(2698)
  Benedict XV
Papa BENEDICTUS Quintus Decimus
Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista Della Chiesa, O.F.S. 21 Nov 1854 Pegli, Genoa, Kingdom of Sardinia 59 / 67 Motto: In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum. ("In thee, o Lord, have I trusted: let me not be confounded for evermore.")

Italian. Credited for intervening for peace during World War I. Issued the 1917 Code of Canon Law; supported the missionaries in Maximum Illud. Remembered by Benedict XVI as a "prophet of peace".

259
 
6 Feb 1922
10 Feb 1939
(17 years, 4 days)
(6213)
  Pius XI
Papa PIUS Undecimus
Achille Ambrogio Damiano Ratti, O.F.S. 31 May 1857 Desio, Milan, Kingdom of Lombardy–Venetia 64 / 81 Motto: Pax Christi in Regno Christi ("The Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ")

Italian. Signed the Lateran Treaty with Italy (1929) establishing Vatican City as a sovereign state. Inaugurated Vatican Radio (1931). Re-founded the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (1936). Created the feast of Christ the King. Opposed Communism and Nazism.

260
 
2 March 1939
9 Oct 1958
(19 years, 221 days)
(7161)
  Ven. Pius XII
Papa PIUS Duodecimus
Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, O.F.S. 2 March 1876 Rome, Italy 63 / 82 Motto: Opus Justitiae Pax ("The work of justice [shall be] peace")

Italian. Invoked papal infallibility in the encyclical Munificentissimus Deus; defined the dogma of the Assumption. Eliminated the Italian majority of cardinals. Credited with intervening for peace during World War II; controversial for his reactions to the Holocaust.

261
 
28 Oct 1958
3 June 1963
(4 years, 218 days)
(1679)
  St John XXIII
Papa IOANNES Vicesimus Tertius
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, O.F.S. 25 Nov 1881 Sotto il Monte, Bergamo, Italy 76 / 81 Motto: Obedientia et Pax ("Obedience and peace")

Italian. Opened the Second Vatican Council; called "Good Pope John". Issued the encyclical Pacem in terris (1963) on peace and nuclear disarmament; intervened for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962).

262
 
21 June 1963
6 Aug 1978
(15 years, 46 days)
(5525)
  Bl. Paul VI
Papa PAULUS Sextus
Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini 26 Sept 1897 Concesio, Brescia, Italy 65 / 80 Motto: Cum Ipso in Monte ("With Him on the mount")

Italian. Last pope to be crowned in a coronation with the tiara. First pope to travel to the United States and Australia; first pope since 1809 to travel outside Italy. Closed the Second Vatican Council. Issued the encyclical Humanae vitae (1968) condemning artificial contraception.

263
 
26 Aug 1978
28 Sept 1978
(33 days)
(33)
  Ven. John Paul I
Papa IOANNES PAULUS Primus
Albino Luciani 17 Oct 1912 Forno di Canale, Belluno, Italy 65 / 65 Motto: Humilitas ("Humility")

Italian. Abolished the coronation opting for the Papal Inauguration. First pope to use 'the First' in papal name; first with two names for two immediate predecessors. Last pope to use the Sedia Gestatoria.

264
 
16 Oct 1978
2 April 2005
(26 years, 168 days)
(9665)
  St John Paul II
(John Paul the Great)[37]
Papa IOANNES PAULUS Secundus
Karol Józef Wojtyła 20 May 1920 Wadowice, Poland 58 / 84 Motto: Totus Tuus ("Totally yours")

First Polish pope and first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI (1522–1523). Traveled extensively, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate. Second longest reign after Pius IX. Founded World Youth Day (1984) and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (1994). Canonized more saints than all his predecessors. Youngest individual to start his papacy since Pius IX (1846).

3rd millennium

21st century

Popes of the 21st century
Pontiff
number
Pontificate Portrait Name: English
· Latin
Personal name Place of birth Age at start/
end of papacy
Notes
265
 
19 April 2005
28 Feb 2013
(7 years, 315 days)
(2872)
  Benedict XVI
Papa BENEDICTUS Decimus Sextus
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (1927-04-16) 16 April 1927 (age 91) Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany 78 / 85 Motto: Cooperatores Veritatis ("Cooperators of the truth")

German. Oldest to become pope since Clement XII (1730). Elevated the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position and promoted the use of Latin; re-introduced several disused papal garments. Established the Anglican Ordinariate (2009). First pope to renounce the papacy on his own initiative since Celestine V (1294),[38] retaining regnal name with title of Pope Emeritus.[39]

266
 
13 March 2013
present
(5 years, 98 days)
(1924)
  Francis
Papa FRANCISCUS
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J. (1936-12-17) 17 December 1936 (age 81) Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina 76 / - Motto: Miserando atque Eligendo ("Lowly but chosen", literally 'by having mercy, by choosing him')[40]

Argentinian. First pope to be born outside Europe since Gregory III (731–741) and the first from the Americas; first pope from the Southern Hemisphere. First pope from a religious institute since Gregory XVI (1831–1846); first Jesuit pope. First to use a new and non-composed regnal name since Lando (913–914).

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Now Athens, Greece
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Now Rome, Italy
  3. ^ a b Now Aquileia, Italy
  4. ^ Nicopolis is now a Roman ruin near the city of Preveza, Greece
  5. ^ It is not clear when Pope Victor I was born, and where he was born, although some[7] suggest he was born in Leptis Magna, now a part of Libya.

Religious orders

51 popes and 6 Antipopes have been members of religious orders, including 12 members of third orders. They are listed by order as follows:

Family Order Number Popes Total
Augustinians Order of Saint Augustine 1 Eugene IV 6
Canons Regular 4 Honorius II, Innocent II, Lucius II, Adrian IV
Premonstratense 1 Gregory VIII
Benedictines Order of Saint Benedict 22 Gregory I, Boniface IV, Adeodatus II, Leo IV, John IX, Leo VII, John XVI, Sylvester II, Sergius IV, Stephen IX, Gregory VII, Victor III, Urban II, Paschal II, Adalbert, Gelasius II, Anacletus II, Callixtus III , Celestine V, Clement VI, Urban V, Pius VII 23
Camaldolese 1 Gregory XVI
Cistercians 2 Eugene III, Benedict XII 2
Dominicans 5 Innocent V, Benedict XI, Nicholas V, Pius V, Benedict XIII 5
Franciscans Order of Friars Minor 5 Nicholas IV, Nicholas V, Alexander V, Sixtus IV, Julius II 19
Order of Friars Minor Conventual 2 Sixtus V, Clement XIV
Secular Franciscan Order 12 Gregory IX, Gregory X, Martin V, Innocent XII, Clement XII, Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII
Theatines 1 Paul IV 1
Jesuits 1 Francis 1

Notes on numbering of popes

A number of anomalies in the list given above need further explanation:

  • Felix II (356–357), Boniface VII (974, 984–985), John XVI (997–998), Benedict X (1058–1059) and Alexander V (1409–1410) are not listed because they are all considered antipopes.[41]
  • The numbering of popes named Felix has been amended to omit antipope Felix II; however, most lists still call the last two Felixes Felix III and Felix IV. Additionally, there was an antipope Felix V.[41]
  • There has never been a pope John XX as a result of confusion of the numbering system in the 11th century.[42]
  • Pope-elect Stephen, who died before being consecrated, has not been on the Vatican's official list of popes since 1961, but appears on lists dating from before 1960.[42] The numbering of following popes called Stephen are nowadays given as Pope Stephen II (752–757) to Pope Stephen IX (1057–1058), rather than Stephen III to Stephen X.
  • When Simon de Brion became pope in 1281, he chose to be called Martin. At that time, Marinus I and Marinus II were mistakenly considered to be Martin II and Martin III respectively, and so, erroneously, Simon de Brion became Pope Martin IV.[43]
  • Pope Donus II, said to have reigned about 974, never existed. The belief resulted from the confusion of the title dominus (lord) with a proper name.
  • Pope Joan also never existed; however, legends about her may have originated from stories about the pornocracy.[44]
  • The status of Antipope John XXIII was uncertain for hundreds of years, and was finally settled in 1958 when Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli announced his own name as John XXIII. Baldassare Cossa, who was Antipope John XXIII, served as a Cardinal of the reunited church before his death in 1419 and his remains are found in the Florence Baptistery.
  • Those who believe in Sedevacantism say that there have been no legitimate popes since Pius XII or John XXIII. This is because they consider all popes since the Second Vatican Council to be heretics.[45][46]

See also

References

Specific

  1. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2012 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2012 ISBN 978-88-209-8722-0), p. 12*
  2. ^ "Corrections Made to Official List of Popes". ZENIT. 5 June 2001. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 
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  5. ^ Against Heresies 3:3.3
  6. ^ The fourth pope Discussed in the article on Clement I
  7. ^ Fisher, Max (13 March 2013). "WorldViews Sorry, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not the first non-European pope". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 Nov 2017. 
  8. ^ Mcbrien, Richard P. (31 Oct 2006). The Pocket Guide to the Popes. HarperCollins. pp. 30–31. ISBN 978-0-06-113773-0. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
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  10. ^ "OCA - St Liberius the Pope of Rome". Ocafs.oca.org. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Saint Siricius". 
  12. ^ Member of Massimo family.
  13. ^ a b c "Papal Timeline". 2005. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Member of Savelli family.
  15. ^ Member of Savelli family.
  16. ^ Member of Massimo family.
  17. ^ Mamber of Savelli family.
  18. ^ Probably a member of Garbielli family.
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  21. ^ For the dates of death of Clement III and the election of Celestine III see Katrin Baaken: Zu Wahl, Weihe und Krönung Papst Cölestins III. Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters Volume 41 / 1985, pp. 203–211
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  24. ^ "Pope Clement VII (1523-1534)". GCatholic. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
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  26. ^ "Pope Pius V (1566-1572)". GCatholic. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585)". Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
  28. ^ John Henry Blunt (1874). "Jansenists". Dictionary of Sects, Heresies, Ecclesiastical Parties, and Schools of Religious Thought. Rivingtons. pp. 234–240. Retrieved 11 Aug 2012. 
  29. ^ "Pope Alexander VII (1655-1667)". GCatholic. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "Pope Innocent X (1644-1655)". Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
  31. ^ "Pope Clement IX (1667-1669)". Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
  32. ^ "Pope Clement X (1670-1676)". Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
  33. ^ "Pope Innocent XI (1676-1689)". Retrieved 3 Aug 2014. 
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  35. ^ "Pope Benedict XIV (1740-1758)". GCatholic. Retrieved 14 Aug 2014. 
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  38. ^ Brown, Andrew (11 Feb 2013). "Benedict, the placeholder pope who leaves a battered, weakened church". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 Feb 2013. 
  39. ^ Pianigiani, Gaia; Povoledo, Elisabetta (27 Feb 2013). "Benedict XVI to Keep His Name and Become Pope Emeritus". The New York Times. 
  40. ^ Scarisbrick, Veronica (22 March 2013). "Pope Francis : "Miserando atque eligendo"..." Vatican Radio. The Holy See. Vatican Radio. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
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  42. ^ a b   Paschal Robinson (1913). "Chronological Lists of Popes". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  43. ^   Paschal Robinson (1913). "Pope Martin IV". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  44. ^   Paschal Robinson (1913). "Popess Joan". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
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  46. ^ Flinn, FK., Encyclopedia of Catholicism, 2007, p. 566.

General

  • The Early Papacy: To the Synod of Chalcedon in 451, Adrian Fortescue, Ignatius Press, 2008.
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Popes, John N.D. Kelly, Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • Catholicism, Henri de Lubac, Ignatius Press, 1988.
  • Rome and the Eastern Churches, Aidan Nichols, Ignatius Press, 2010.
  • I Papi. Venti secoli di storia, Pontificia Amministrazione della Patriarcale Basilica di San Paolo, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2002.
  • Rome Sweet Home, Scott Hahn, Ignatius Press, 1993.
  • Enciclopedia dei Papi, AA.VV., Istituto dell'Enciclopedia italiana, 2000.

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