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Popes

What is the papacy? How many popes of the Roman Catholic Church have there been, and who are they? Find biographies of the popes of the Roman Catholic Church and other resources on the papacy here.

The First Homily of Pope Francis
Pope Francis delivered his first homily as pope entirely unscripted. Read the text here.

Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI was the 265th pope of the Catholic Church. Learn more about the life and pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger, the man who became Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI's Final General Audience (February 27, 2013)
Pope Benedict XVI held his final general audience on February 27, 2013. Read the text of his remarks.

Pope Benedict's Homily at the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI presided at the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Find the full text of Pope Benedict's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II, as well as photos from the beatification Mass.

Share Your Thoughts on the Beatification of Pope John Paul II
Share your thoughts on the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

My Memories of Pope John Paul II
Did Pope John Paul II affect your life? How? Share your memories of Pope John Paul II.See submissions

Vatican Announces Beatification of Pope John Paul II
On January 14, 2011, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints announced that Pope Benedict XVI would preside at the rite of beatification for Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011, Divine Mercy Sunday. Find the full text of the beatification decree, as well as photos of Pope John Paul II throughout his life.

Popes of the Catholic Church
There have been 266 popes of the Roman Catholic Church. Find a comprehensive list here, divided up by historical era.

Popes of the Age of Persecution
From St. Peter (32-67) to St. Miltiades (311-14), find the popes of the Age of Persecution here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Age of Empire
From St. Sylvester I (314-35) to Pelagius II (579-90), find the popes of the Age of Empire here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Early Middle Ages
From St. Gregory the Great (590-604) to Alexander II (1061-73), find the popes of the Early Middle Ages here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Age of Crusades and Councils
From St. Gregory VII (1073-85) to St. Celestine V (1294), find the popes of the Age of Crusades and Councils here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism
From Boniface VIII (1294-1303) to Gregory XII (1406-15), find the popes of the Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Renaissance and Reformation
From Martin V (1417-31) to Pius IV (1559-65), find the popes of the Renaissance and Reformation here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Age of Revolution
From St. Pius V (1566-72) to Pius VII (1800-23), find the popes of the Age of Revolution here, with the dates of their reigns.

Popes of the Modern Age
From Leo XII (1823-29) to the current pope, Francis (2013—), find the popes of the Modern Age here, with the dates of their reigns.

The Coat of Arms for Pope Benedict XVI - Good News Ministries
In-depth explanation of the symbolism of the various elements of the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI.

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