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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II waves to the crowd at the end of his annual Urbi Et Orbi (To the City and to the World) Christmas Message on December 25, 2004, in Vatican City. (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.