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    A pope from new roots

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    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