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Pope Gregory I

Circa 590 AD, Gregory the Great, Pope Gregory I (540 - 604). Pope and saint, holding a symbol of his office and wearing the papal crown . A dove is flying over his shoulder in a shaft of light. He introduced Gregorian chant to the liturgy. (Photo by Hulton Archive/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.