Chronological List of Popes
All Popes List (Chronological Since 1730)
The current Pope Francis is the 266th in Roman Catholic history. The first pope in the history of the Roman Catholic church was Saint Peter (33-67 AD). The second Pope was Linus (67-79 AD) and the third Pope was Anacletu (79-92 AD, who was also known as Cletus.
There are many lists of all Popes in history (The official Vatican English timeline of all Popes is on The Holy See website) but it gets complicated with pope elect Stephen in 752 AD, 31 Anti-Popes in the Middle Ages, Pope Joan or John Anglicus all being excluded or included from various lists. The ADDucation sortable list of popes since 1730 AD lets you see the key facts about popes from the 18th Century until today at a glance.
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|All Popes (since 1740)||#||Papacy Years||Pope’s Personal Name||Country, Locality||Born||Died||Age when Pope||Papacy started||Papacy ended||Days in Office||Pope Key Achievements, Facts & Trivia|
|Pope Clement XII||246||1730-1740||Lorenzo Corsini.||Italy, Florence.||1652||1740||78||12 July 1730||6 February 1740||3506||Pope during a growth in papal finances. The first public papal condemnation of Freemasonry.|
|Pope Benedict XIV||247||1740-1758||Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini.||Italy, Bologna.||1675||1758||65||17 August 1740||3 May 1758||6456||Modernized the Curia, opponent of the Jesuits.|
|Pope Clement XIII||248||1758-1769||Carlo della Torre Rezzonico.||Italy, Venice.||1693||1769||65||6 July 1758||2 February 1769||3864||Friend and supporter of the Jesuits.|
|Pope Clement XIV||249||1769-1774||Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli.||Italy, Santarcangelo di Romagna.||1705||1774||63||19 May 1769||22 September 1774||1952||Prescribed the abolition of the Jesuit Order in 1773.|
|Pope Pius VI||250||1775-1799||Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi.||Italy, Cesena.||1717||1799||57||15 February 1775||29 August 1799||8961||Exiled by French occupiers in 1796.|
|Pope Pius VII||251||1800-1823||Barnaba Chiaramonti.||Italy, Cesena.||1742||1823||57||14 March 1800||20 August 1823||8559||Forced to crown Napoleon as emperor in 1804.|
|Pope Leo XII||252||1823-1829||Count Annibale Sermattei della Genga.||Italy, Genga, Papal States.||1760||1829||63||28 September 1823||10 February 1829||1962||Broke with reform policies, opposed vaccinations.|
|Pope Pius VIII||253||1829-1830||Francesco Saverio Castiglioni.||Italy, Marche.||1761||1830||67||31 March 1829||1 December 1830||610||Considered one of the most modern popes.|
|Pope Gregory XVI||254||1831-1846||Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari.||Italy, Venice.||1765||1846||65||2 February 1831||1 June 1846||5598||Last non-bishop to be elected Pope.|
|Pope Pius IX||255||1846-1878||Count Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti.||Italy, Marche.||1792||1878||54||16 June 1846||7 February 1878||11,559||Second longest term of office (after Simon Peter).|
|Pope Leo XIII||256||1878-1903||Gioacchino Vincenzo Raffaele Luigi Pecci.||Italy, Carpineto Romano.||1810||1903||67||20 February 1878||20 July 1903||9280||Fourth longest pontificate (9,280 days).|
|Pope Pius X||257||1903-1914||Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto.||Italy, Lombardy-Venetia.||1835||1914||68||4 August 1903||20 August 1914||4034||Last Pope to be canonized (1954).|
|Pope Benedict XV||258||1914-1922||Giacomo Della Chiesa.||Italy, Genoa.||1854||1922||59||3 September 1914||22 January 1922||2698||“Pope of peace” (anti-war attitude in WW1)|
|Pope Pius XI||259||1922-1939||Achille Ambrogio Damiano Ratti.||Italy, Lombardy-Venetia.||1857||1939||64||6 February 1922||10 February 1939||6213||Concluded “Lateran Treaty” with Mussolini recognizing Vatican as independent state.|
|Pope Pius XII||260||1939-1958||Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli.||Italy, Rome.||1876||1958||63||2 March 1939||9 October 1958||7160||Criticized for stance on the Holocaust.|
|Pope John XXIII||261||1958-1963||Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli.||Italy, Bergamo.||1881||1963||76||28 October 1958||3 June 1963||1679||Launched the 2nd Vatican Council in 1962.|
|Pope Paul VI||262||1963-1978||Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini.||Italy, Brescia.||1897||1978||65||21 June 1963||6 August 1978||5525||Completed the 2nd Vatican Council in 1965.|
|Pope John Paul I||263||1978||Albino Luciani.||Italy, Veneto.||1912||1978||65||26 August 1978||28 September 1978||33||The “smiling pope” waived the costly papal coronation ceremony. Died of a heart attack.|
|Pope John Paul II||264||1978-2005||Karol Jozef Wojtyla.||Poland, Wadowice.||1920||2005||58||16 October 1978||2 April 2005||9695||Third longest term of office of all popes (9,665 days).|
|Pope Benedict XVI||265||2005-2013||Joseph Alois Ratzinger.||Germany, Bavaria.||1927||–||78||19 April 2005||28 February 2013||2872||Resigned on 28 February 2013 for health reasons, the first resignation in 700 years.|
|Pope Francis||266||2013-||Jorge Mario Bergoglio.||Argentina, Buenos Aires.||1936||–||76||13 March 2013||–||–||Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is:|
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