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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI attends the Epiphany Mass at the St. Peter's Basilica on January 6, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the ceremony the pontiff named four new bishops including his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Popes throughout history

A selection of the 265 popes who have served as head of the Catholic Church, from the recently retired Benedict XVI all the way back to St. Peter.