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Pope names throughout history

The new pontiff is the first Pope Francis, but there have been many Johns, Gregorys and Benedicts. Here is a look at the most prolific papal names:

  • John

    21
  • Gregory

    16
  • Benedict

    15
  • Clement

    14
  • Innocent

    13
  • Leo

    13
  • Pius

    12
  • Stephen

    9
  • Boniface

    8
  • Urban

    8
  • Alexander

    7
  • Adrian

    6
  • Paul

    6
  • Celestine

    5
  • Nicholas

    5
  • Sixtus

    5
  • Anastasius

    4
  • Eugene

    4
  • Honorius

    4
  • Sergius

    4
  • Callistus

    3
  • Felix

    3
  • Julius

    3
  • Lucius

    3
  • Martin

    3
  • Sylvester

    3
  • Victor

    3
  • Agapetus

    2
  • Damasus

    2
  • Gelasius

    2
  • John Paul

    2
  • Marcellus

    2
  • Marinus

    2
  • Paschal

    2
  • Pelagius

    2
  • Theodore

    2
  • Other

    46

NOTE: Numbers add up to 264; Benedict IX was pope three different times, but is counted in this chart once. This list does not include the pope often called Stephen II, who died before being consecrated as pope. In earlier times, rivals who defied the pope would take names as if they were pope. These "antipopes" are not included.

SOURCES: New York Times, newadvent.org

Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff

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