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The heads of the Catholic Church.

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Pope Pius XII

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Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Marìa Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (2 March 1876 – 9 October 1958), reigned as Pope, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City State, from 2 March 1939 until ...

Pope Pius XI

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Pope Pius XI (31 May 1857 – 10 February 1939), born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, was Pope from 6 February 1922, and sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state on 11 ...

Pope Benedict XV

People; Popes

Pope Benedict XV, born Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa, reigned as Pope from 3 September 1914 to 22 January 1922. His pontificate was largely overshadowed by World War I and its ...

Pope Pius X

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Pope Pius X (2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914), born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, was the 257th Pope of the Catholic Church, serving from 1903 to 1914. He was the first pope since Pope Pius V to be ...

Pope Leo XIII

People; Popes

Pope Leo XIII (2 March 1810 – 20 July 1903), born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, was the 256th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, reigning from 1878 to 1903. ...

St Peter

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1st Pope of the Catholic Church. Pontificate 33 - 64/67 Apostle of Jesus from whom he received the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, according to Matthew 16:18–19 . Executed by crucifixion upside-down; ...

St Linus

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2nd Pope of the Catholic Church. Pontificate 64/67 - 76/79. Feast day 23 September. Also revered as a saint in Eastern Christianity, with a feast day of 7 June.

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