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Pope Pius XII

December 1939: Pope Pius XII (1876 - 1958), Eugenio Pacelli, bestowing a blessing during a visit to the King and Queen of Italy in Rome, wearing his papal mitre. (Photo by Keystone/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.