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Roman Catholic Pontiffs through the years

St Peter, of Bethsaida in Galilee, Prince of the Apostles, was the first Pope. He lived first in Antioch and then in Rome for 25 years. In C.E. 64 or 67, he was martyred. St Linus became the second Pope.

  Reigned
No. Name Birthplace From  To 
2 St Linus Tuscia 67 76
3 St Anacletus (Cletus) Rome 76 88
4 St Clement Rome 88 97
5 St Evaristus Greece 97 105
6 St Alexander I Rome 105 115
7 St Sixtus I Rome 115 125
8 St Telesphorus Greece 125 136
9 St Hyginus Greece 136 140
10 St Pius I Aquileia 140 155
11 St Anicetus Syria 155 166
12 St Soter Campania 166 175
13 St Eleutherius Epirus 175 189
14 St Victor I Africa 189 199
15 St Zephyrinus Rome 199 217
16 St Callistus I Rome 217 222
17 St Urban I Rome 222 230
18 St Pontian Rome 230 235
19 St Anterus Greece 235 236
20 St Fabian Rome 236 250
21 St Cornelius Rome 251 253
22 St Lucius I Rome 253 254
23 St Stephen I Rome 254 257
24 St Sixtus II Greece 257 258
25 St Dionysius Unknown 259 268
26 St Felix I Rome 269 274
27 St Eutychian Luni 275 283
28 St Caius Dalmatia 283 296
29 St Marcellinus Rome 296 304
30 St Marcellus I Rome 308 309
31 St Eusebius Greece 309 A 309 A
32 St Meltiades Africa 311 314
33 St Sylvester I Rome 314 335
34 St Marcus Rome 336 336
35 St Julius I Rome 337 352
36 Liberius Rome 352 366
37 St Damasus I Spain 366 384
38 St Siricius Rome 384 399
39 St Anastasius I Rome 399 401
40 St Innocent I Albano 401 417
41 St Zozimus Greece 417 418
42 St Boniface I Rome 418 422
43 St Celestine I Campania 422 432
44 St Sixtus III Rome 432 440
45 St Leo I (the Great) Tuscany 440 461
46 St Hilary Sardinia 461 468
47 St Simplicius Tivoli 468 483
48 St Felix III (II) B Rome 483 492
49 St Gelasius I Africa 492 496
50 Anastasius II Rome 496 498
51 St Symmachus Sardinia 498 514
52 St Hormisdas Frosinone 514 523
53 St John I Tuscany 523 526
54 St Felix IV (III) Samnium 526 530
55 Boniface II Rome 530 532
56 John II Rome 533 535
57 St Agapitus I Rome 535 536
58 St Silverius Campania 536 537
59 Vigilius Rome 537 555
60 Pelagius I Rome 556 561
61 John III Rome 561 574
62 Benedict I Rome 575 579
63 Pelagius II Rome 579 590
64 St Gregory I (the Great) Rome 590 604
65 Sabinianus Tuscany 604 606
66 Boniface III Rome 607 607
67 St Boniface IV Marsi 608 615
68 St Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) Rome 615 618
69 Boniface V Naples 619 625
70 Honorius I Campania 625 638
71 Severinus Rome 640 640
72 John IV Dalmatia 640 642
73 Theodore I Greece 642 649
74 St Martin I Todi 649 655
75 St Eugene I C Rome 654 657
76 St Vitalian Segni 657 672
77 Adeodatus II Rome 672 676
78 Donus Rome 676 678
79 St Agatho Sicily 678 681
80 St Leo II Sicily 682 683
81 St Benedict II Rome 684 685
82 John V Syria 685 686
83 Conon Unknown 686 687
84 St Sergius I Syria 687 701
85 John VI Greece 701 705
86 John VII Greece 705 707
87 Sisinnius Syria 708 708
88 Constantine Syria 708 715
89 St Gregory II Rome 715 731
90 St Gregory III Syria 731 741
91 St Zachary Greece 741 752
92 Stephen II (III) D Rome 752 757
93 St Paul I Rome 757 767
94 Stephen III (IV) Sicily 768 772
95 Adrian I Rome 772 795
96 St Leo III Rome 795 816
97 Stephen IV (V) Rome 816 817
98 St Paschal I Rome 817 824
99 Eugene II Rome 824 827
100 Valentine Rome 827 827
101 Gregory IV Rome 827 844
102 Sergius II Rome 844 847
103 St Leo IV Rome 847 855
104 Benedict III Rome 855 858
105 St Nicholas I (the Great) Rome 858 867
106 Adrian II Rome 867 872
107 John VIII Rome 872 882
108 Marinus I Gallese 882 884
109 St Adrian III Rome 884 885
110 Stephen V (VI) Rome 885 891
111 Formosus Portus 891 896
112 Boniface VI Rome 896 896
113 Stephen VI (VII) Rome 896 897
114 Romanus Gallese 897 897
115 Theodore II Rome 897 897
116 John IX Tivoli 898 900
117 Benedict IV Rome 900 903
118 Leo V Ardea 903 903
119 Sergius III Rome 904 911
120 Anastasius III Rome 911 913
121 Landus Sabina 913 914
122 John X Tossignano 914 928
123 Leo VI Rome 928 928
124 Stephen VII (VIII) Rome 928 931
125 John XI Rome 931 935
126 Leo VII Rome 936 939
127 Stephen VIII (IX) Rome 939 942
128 Marinus II Rome 942 946
129 Agapitus II Rome 946 955
130 John XII Tusculum 955 964
131 Leo VIII E Rome 963 965
132 Benedict V E Rome 964 966
133 John XIII Rome 965 972
134 Benedict VI Rome 973 974
135 Benedict VII Rome 974 983
136 John XIV Pavia 983 984
137 John XV Rome 985 996
138 Gregory V Saxony 996 999
139 Sylvester II Auvergne 999 1003
140 John XVII Rome 1003 1003
141 John XVIII Rome 1004 1009
142 Sergius IV Rome 1009 1012
143 Benedict VIII Tusculum 1012 1024
144 John XIX Tusculum 1024 1032
145 Benedict IX F Tusculum 1032 1044
146 Sylvester III Rome 1045 1045
147 Benedict IX F Tusculum 1045 1045
148 Gregory VI Rome 1045 1046
149 Clement II Saxony 1046 1047
150 Benedict IX F Tusculum 1047 1048
151 Damasus II Bavaria 1048 1048
152 St Leo IX Alsace 1049 1054
153 Victor II Germany 1055 1057
154 Stephen IX (X) Lorraine 1057 1058
155 Nicholas II Burgundy 1059 1061
156 Alexander II Milan 1061 1073
157 St Gregory VII Tuscany 1073 1085
158 Bl. Victor III Benevento 1086 1087
159 Bl. Urban II France 1088 1099
160 Paschal II Ravenna 1099 1118
161 Gelasius II Gaeta 1118 1119
162 Callistus II Burgundy 1119 1124
163 Honorius II Flagnano 1124 1130
164 Innocent II Rome 1130 1143
165 Celestine II Citta di Castello 1143 1144
166 Lucius II Bologna 1144 1145
167 Bl. Eugene III Pisa 1145 1153
168 Anastasius IV Rome 1153 1154
169 Adrian IV England 1154 1159
170 Alexander III Siena 1159 1181
171 Lucius III Lucca 1181 1185
172 Urban III Milan 1185 1187
173 Gregory VIII Benevento 1187 1187
174 Clement III Rome 1187 1191
175 Celestine III Rome 1191 1198
176 Innocent III Anagni 1198 1216
177 Honorius III Rome 1216 1227
178 Gregory IX Anagni 1227 1241
179 Celestine IV Milan 1241 1241
180 Innocent IV Genoa 1243 1254
181 Alexander IV Anagni 1254 1261
182 Urban IV Troyes 1261 1264
183 Clement IV France 1265 1268
184 Bl. Gregory X Piacenza 1271 1276
185 Bl. Innocent V Savoy 1276 1276
186 Adrian V Genoa 1276 1276
187 John XXI G Portugal 1276 1277
188 Nicholas III Rome 1277 1280
189 Martin IV H France 1281 1285
190 Honorius IV Rome 1285 1287
191 Nicholas IV Ascoli 1288 1292
192 St Celestine V Isernia 1294 1294
193 Boniface VIII Anagni 1294 1303
194 Bl. Benedict XI Treviso 1303 1304
195 Clement V France 1305 1314
196 John XXII Cahors 1316 1334
197 Benedict XII France 1334 1342
198 Clement VI France 1342 1352
199 Innocent VI France 1352 1362
200 Bl. Urban V France 1362 1370
201 Gregory XI France 1370 1378
202 Urban VI Naples 1378 1389
203 Boniface IX Naples 1389 1404
204 Innocent VII Sul mona 1404 1406
205 Gregory XII Venice 1406 1415
206 Martin V Rome 1417 1431
207 Eugene IV Venice 1431 1447
208 Nicholas V Sarzana 1447 1455
209 Callistus III Jativa 1455 1458
210 Pius II Siena 1458 1464
211 Paul II Venice 1464 1471
212 Sixtus IV Savona 1471 1484
213 Innocent VIII Genoa 1484 1492
214 Alexander VI Jativa 1492 1503
215 Pius III Siena 1503 1503
216 Julius II Savona 1503 1513
217 Leo X Florence 1513 1521
218 Adrian VI Utrecht 1522 1523
219 Clement VII Florence 1523 1534
220 Paul III Rome 1534 1549
221 Julius III Rome 1550 1555
222 Marcellus II Montepulciano 1555 1555
223 Paul IV Naples 1555 1559
224 Pius IV Milan 1559 1565
225 St Pius V Bosco 1566 1572
226 Gregory XIII Bologna 1572 1585
227 Sixtus V Grottammare 1585 1590
228 Urban VII Rome 1590 1590
229 Gregory XIV Cremona 1590 1591
230 Innocent IX Bologna 1591 1591
231 Clement VIII Florence 1592 1605
232 Leo XI Florence 1605 1605
233 Paul V Rome 1605 1621
234 Gregory XV Bologna 1621 1623
235 Urban VIII Florence 1623 1644
236 Innocent X Rome 1644 1655
237 Alexander VII Siena 1655 1667
238 Clement IX Pistoia 1667 1669
239 Clement X Rome 1670 1676
240 Bl. Innocent XI Como 1676 1689
241 Alexander VIII Venice 1689 1691
242 Innocent XII Spinazzola 1691 1700
243 Clement XI Urbino 1700 1721
244 Innocent XIII Rome 1721 1724
245 Benedict XIII Gravina 1724 1730
246 Clement XII Florence 1730 1740
247 Benedict XIV Bologna 1740 1758
248 Clement XIII Venice 1758 1769
249 Clement XIV Rimini 1769 1774
250 Pius VI Cesena 1775 1799
251 Pius VII Cesena 1800 1823
252 Leo XII Genga 1823 1829
253 Pius VIII Cingoli 1829 1830
254 Gregory XVI Belluno 1831 1846
255 Pius IX Senegallia 1846 1878
256 Leo XIII Carpineto 1878 1903
257 St Pius X Riese 1903 1914
258 Benedict XV Genoa 1914 1922
259 Pius XI Desio 1922 1939
260 Pius XII Rome 1939 1958
261 John XXIII Sotto il Monte 1958 1963
262 Paul VI Concesio 1963 1978
263 John Paul I Forno di Canale 1978 1978
264 John Paul II Wadowice 1978 2005
265 Benedict XVI Germany 2005 2013 J
266 Francis I Argentina 2013  

A. Or 310.
B. He should be called Felix II, and his successors of the same name should be numbered accordingly. The discrepancy was caused by the erroneous insertion in some lists of the name of St Felix of Rome, Martyr.
C. He was elected during the exile of St Martin I, who endorsed him as Pope.
D. After St Zachary died, a Roman priest named Stephen was elected but died before his consecration as Bishop of Rome. His name is not included in all lists for this reason. In view of this historical confusion, the National Catholic Almanac lists the true Stephen II as Stephen II (III), the true Stephen III as Stephen III (IV), etc.
E. Confusion exists concerning the legitimacy of claims. If the deposition of John was invalid, Leo was an antipope until after the end of Benedict's reign. If the deposition of John was valid, Leo was the legitimate Pope and Benedict an antipope.
F. If the triple removal of Benedict IX was not valid, Sylvester III, Gregory VI, and Clement II were antipopes.
G. Elimination was made of the name of John XX in an effort to rectify the numerical designation of Popes named John. The error dates back to the time of John XV.
H. The names of Marinus I and Marinus II were construed as Martin. In view of these two pontificates and the earlier reign of St Martin I, this pontiff was called Martin IV.
J. Resigned with effect from 28th February 2013 citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age.


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