A Chronological List of Past Popes - A title given to the head of the Catholic Church

Pope No: Name Years in Power
1 St. Peter 32-67
2 St. Linus 67-76
3 St. Anacletus (Cletus) 76-88
4 St. Clement I 88-97
5 St. Evaristus 97-105
6 St. Alexander I 105-115
7 St. Sixtus I (Xystus I) 115-125
8 St. Telesphorus 125-136
9 St. Hyginus 136-140
10 St. Pius I 140-155
11 St. Anicetus 155-166
12 St. Soter 166-175
13 St. Eleutherius 175-189
14 St. Victor I 189-199
15 St. Zephyrinus 199-217
16 St. Callistus I 217-22
17 St. Urban I 222-30
18 St. Pontain 230-35
19 St. Anterus 235-36
20 St. Fabian 236-50
21 St. Cornelius 251-53
22 St. Lucius I 253-54
23 St. Stephen I 254-257
24 St. Sixtus II 257-258
25 St. Dionysius 260-268
26 St. Felix I 269-274
27 St. Eutychian 275-283
28 St. Caius (Gaius) 283-296
29 St. Marcellinus 296-304
30 St. Marcellus I 308-309
31 St. Eusebius 309 or 310
32 St. Miltiades 311-14
33 St. Sylvester I 314-35
34 St. Marcus 336
35 St. Julius I 337-52
36 Liberius 352-66
37 St. Damasus I 366-83
38 St. Siricius 384-99
39 St. Anastasius I 399-401
40 St. Innocent I 401-17
41 St. Zosimus 417-18
42 St. Boniface I 418-22
43 St. Celestine I 422-32
44 St. Sixtus III 432-40
45 St. Leo I (The Great) 440-61
46 St. Hilarius 461-68
47 St. Simplicius 468-83
48 St. Felix III 483-92
49 St. Gelasius I 492-96
50 Anastasius II 496-98
51 St. Symmachus 498-514
52 St. Hormisdas 514-23
53 St. John I 523-26
54 St. Felix IV 526-30
55 Boniface II 530-32
56 John II 533-35
57 St. Agapetus I 535-36
58 St. Silverius 536-37
59 Vigilius 537-55
60 Pelagius I 556-61
61 John III 561-74
62 Benedict I 575-79
63 Pelagius II 579-90
64 St. Gregory I (The Great) 590-604
65 Sabinian 604-606
66 Boniface III 607
67 St. Boniface IV 608-15
68 St. Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) 615-18
69 Boniface V 619-25
70 Honorius I 625-38
71 Severinus 640
72 John IV 640-42
73 Theodore I 642-49
74 St. Martin I 649-55
75 St. Eugene I 655-57
76 St. Vitalian 657-72
77 Adeodatus II 672-76
78 Donus 676-78
79 St. Agatho 678-81
80 St. Leo II 682-83
81 St. Benedict II 684-85
82 John V 685-86
83 Conon 686-87
84 St. Sergius I 687-701
85 John VI 701-05
86 John VII 705-07
87 Sisinnius 708
88 Constantine 708-15
89 St. Gregory II 715-31
90 St. Gregory III 731-41
91 St. Zachary 741-52
92 Stephen II 752
93 Stephen III 752-57
94 St. Paul I 757-67
95 Stephen IV 767-72
96 Adrian I 772-95
97 St. Leo III 795-816
98 Stephen V 816-17
99 St. Paschal I 817-24
100 Eugene II 824-27
101 Valentine 827
102 Gregory IV 827-44
103 Sergius II 844-47
104 St. Leo IV 847-55
105 Benedict III 855-58
106 St. Nicholas I (The Great) 858-67
107 Adrian II 867-72
108 John VIII 872-82
109 Marinus I 882-84
110 St. Adrian III 884-85
111 Stephen VI 885-91
112 Formosus 891-96
113 Boniface VI 896
114 Stephen VII 896-97
115 Romanus 897
116 Theodore II 897
117 John IX 898-900
118 Benedict IV 900-03
119 Leo V 903
120 Sergius III 904-11
121 Anastasius III 911-13
122 Lando 913-14
123 John X 914-28
124 Leo VI 928
125 Stephen VIII 929-31
126 John XI 931-35
127 Leo VII 936-39
128 Stephen IX 939-42
129 Marinus II 942-46
130 Agapetus II 946-55
131 John XII 955-63
132 Leo VIII 963-64
133 Benedict V 964
134 John XIII 965-72
135 Benedict VI 973-74
136 Benedict VII 974-83
137 John XIV 983-84
138 John XV 985-96
139 Gregory V 996-99
140 Sylvester II 999-1003
141 John XVII 1003
142 John XVIII 1003-09
143 Sergius IV 1009-12
144 Benedict VIII 1012-24
145 John XIX 1024-32
146 Benedict IX 1032-45
147 Sylvester III 1045
148 Benedict IX 1045
149 Gregory VI 1045-46
150 Clement II 1046-47
151 Benedict IX 1047-48
152 Damasus II 1048
153 St. Leo IX 1049-54
154 Victor II 1055-57
155 Stephen X 1057-58
156 Nicholas II 1058-61
157 Alexander II 1061-73
158 St. Gregory VII 1073-85
159 Blessed Victor III 1086-87
160 Blessed Urban II 1088-99
161 Paschal II 1099-1118
162 Gelasius II 1118-19
163 Callistus II 1119-24
164 Honorius II 1124-30
165 Innocent II 1130-43
166 Celestine II 1143-44
167 Lucius II 1144-45
168 Blessed Eugene III 1145-53
169 Anastasius IV 1153-54
170 Adrian IV 1154-59
171 Alexander III 1159-81
172 Lucius III 1181-85
173 Urban III 1185-87
174 Gregory VIII 1187
175 Clement III 1187-91
176 Celestine III 1191-98
177 Innocent III 1198-1216
178 Honorius III 1216-27
179 Gregory IX 1227-41
180 Celestine IV 1241
181 Innocent IV 1243-54
182 Alexander IV 1254-61
183 Urban IV 1261-64
184 Clement IV 1265-68
185 Blessed Gregory X 1271-76
186 Blessed Innocent V 1276
187 Adrian V 1276
188 John XXI 1276-77
189 Nicholas III 1277-80
190 Martin IV 1281-85
191 Honorius IV 1285-87
192 Nicholas IV 1288-92
193 St. Celestine V 1294
194 Boniface VIII 1294-1303
195 Blessed Benedict XI 1303-04
196 Clement V 1305-14
197 John XXII 1316-34
198 Benedict XII 1334-42
199 Clement VI 1342-52
200 Innocent VI 1352-62
201 Blessed Urban V 1362-70
202 Gregory XI 1370-78
203 Urban VI 1378-89
204 Boniface IX 1389-1404
205 Innocent VII 1404-06
206 Gregory XII 1406-15
207 Martin V 1417-31
208 Eugene IV 1431-47
209 Nicholas V 1447-55
210 Callistus III 1455-58
211 Pius II 1458-64
212 Paul II 1464-71
213 Sixtus IV 1471-84
214 Innocent VIII 1484-92
215 Alexander VI 1492-1503
216 Pius III 1503
217 Julius II 1503-13
218 Leo X 1513-21
219 Adrian VI 1522-23
220 Clement VII 1523-34
221 Paul III 1534-49
222 Julius III 1550-55
223 Marcellus II 1555
224 Paul IV 1555-59
225 Pius IV 1559-65
226 St. Pius V 1566-72
227 Gregory XIII 1572-85
228 Sixtus V 1585-90
229 Urban VII 1590
230 Gregory XIV 1590-91
231 Innocent IX 1591
232 Clement VIII 1592-1605
233 Leo XI 1605
234 Paul V 1605-21
235 Gregory XV 1621-23
236 Urban VIII 1623-44
237 Innocent X 1644-55
238 Alexander VII 1655-67
239 Clement IX 1667-69
240 Clement X 1670-76
241 Blessed Innocent XI 1676-89
242 Alexander VIII 1689-91
243 Innocent XII 1691-1700
244 Clement XI 1700-21
245 Innocent XIII 1721-24
246 Benedict XIII 1724-30
247 Clement XII 1730-40
248 Benedict XIV 1740-58
249 Clement XIII 1758-69
250 Clement XIV 1769-74
251 Pius VI 1775-99
252 Pius VII 1800-23
253 Leo XII 1823-29
254 Pius VIII 1829-30
255 Gregory XVI 1831-46
256 Blessed Pius IX 1846-78
257 Leo XIII 1878-1903
258 St. Pius X 1903-14
259 Benedict XV 1914-22
260 Pius XI 1922-39
261 Pius XII 1939-58
262 Blessed John XXIII 1958-63
263 Paul VI 1963-78
264 John Paul I 1978
265 John Paul II 1978-2005
266 Benedict XVI Present

Pope John Paul II

Karol Wojtyla born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920.  He was the first Pontiff of Polish origin and the first non-Italian Pope in 455 years, since Hadrian VI.  Theologian, writer and poet, he was a Pope with an itinerant apostolate.  Including his historic visit to Cuba, he traveled extensively visiting 100 countries, including those without a Catholic majority.  He was invited twice, February 3, 1979 and April 10, 1995, to give speeches at the UN.  He  spoke to the Seats of major World Institutions, including UNESCO, FAO and the European Parliament. 

In 1979, he went to Constantinople to meet with the Orthodox Patriarch Demetrio I.  After a millennial separation, he reconciled with the Jewish community, on April 13, 1986, with a visit to Rome's Synagogue where he prayed with the "older brothers" and embraced the rabbi.  On January 1, 1986, he went to Assisi to pray for peace together with the representatives of different religious doctrines from around the world. 

There was an attempt on his life during a general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981.

He wrote 11 Encyclicals; the last one, "Evangelium Vitae ", written in 1995, defends life, speaking out against abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty.  On October 11, 1992, after long consultation and labor with the world episcopacy, he signed the New Catechism of the Catholic Church, later translated into every language.  He nominated dozens of cardinals and, in view of the third millennium, had summoned numerous bishop synods.  He acted as a leader in events that have changed the world. On December 11, 1989, he received Mikhail Gorbachev, then President of USSR.  During a trip to Cuba in 1998, he met with Fidel Castro. 

Pope John Paul II officially announced the celebration of the Jubilee for the year 2000 with his apostolic letter "Tertio Millenio adveniente", dated November 24, 1994.  For the first time in history, the Papal Bull dated January, 29, 1998 proclaimed that the Holy Year for the year 2000 would be celebrated contemporaneously in Rome as well as in the Holy Land, and in local churches. The Holy Doors at St. Peter's were opened during midnight mass on December 24, 1999 and the Jubilee ended on January 6, 2001.  Including his trip to Mexico City on January 22,1999, the Pope was estimated to have traveled a total of over 700,000 miles including 110  international tours, the equivalent of having traveled 28 times around the world.

Source: The Popes by Memmo Caporilli


John Paul II 

1978 - 2005

The 264th  Pope

 

 

"The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful."


Lumen Gentium, 23



 

 

 

 

 

 

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