Top 10 Greatest Popes in History

The Top Ten
1 Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He is called Saint John Paul the Great by some Catholics.

John Paul II is the reason I am Catholic. I have never known a greater man that experienced Nazi and Soviet occupation and still kept his faith. He was the burning candle in an age of darkness. He saw the good in western ideas and connected freedom and individuality to Jesus' teachings. His efforts thwarted communism and saved countless people from totalitarianism.

I had the opportunity to see him when I was a child. He came here to my country in 1989 and it's now 30 years. The first thing he did when landed here was to lay straight on the ground and kiss my land. I love you my favourite are an inspiration to everyone. May we follow your path and I know that you are still praying for humanity from where you are. You are missed by each of us. By the way am a Hindu.

The most admirable thing that he had done is when he forgave Mahmed Ali Achad who ever shot him. He visited Mahmed and he talked to him while he forgave of what Mahmed did to him. He taught us a lesson to be more forgiving towards anyone who once ever did wrong to us, no matter how angry/bitter/disappointed we were.

The bravest Pope to be ever existed, the Catholic world needs more a Pope like him. He is daring, courageous, and he always does everything that he believes is right for the sake freedom, human rights, and justice.

2 Pope Leo I

There was a zodiac sign named after him I think!

An epic meeting with Attila The Hun?
Oh, yes.

He is a brave Pope.

3 Pope Nicholas II

The russian king

4 Pope Leo XIII

He made many encyclicals

5 Pope Francis Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City.

I LOVE this guy. He represents everything that Jesus stood for. Tolerance, love, good will, generosity and kindness. We need more men like him in times like this.

Champion of civil rights, wonderfully down to earth, and is the first pope in centuries to not only speak out against, but to attack corruption within the church. the man is a living saint, and will be remembered as a brilliant, progressive, radical pope, who changed roman catholicism for the best.

Pope Francis understands and emphasizes that "Love" is the greatest and must always be above all else.

Humble, honest, and has changed roman catabolism for the best, I admire him and his greatness.

6 Pope Gregory I

Pope Gregory is one of the Doctors of the Church and he had a good miracle.

7 Pope Innocent III

He was innocent he never touched the kid!

One of the most powerful popes ever.

8 Pope Julius II

His brother was caesar

9 Pope Benedict XVI

Great great man with a strong compassion for purifying the church and focusing the teachings of the church on its roots.

He made the encyclical "Summorum Pontificum" to bring back The Tridentine Mass.

Future Doctor of the Church. Not too many other Popes have received that high honor

10 Pope Pius IX
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11 Pope Peter

Peter was the person whom Jesus trusted. He was chosen above all the apostles. And he was the first pope.

The one whom Christ Chose as His Rock. The Papacy is traced all the way back to him.

Good point, good point.

How is he not no. 1?

12 Pope John XXIII

Without him, the Catholic Church won't be more open minded towards the society. He was the one who reformed the Catholic Church to be more approachable towards the people.

Took great steps towards bringing the church up to date and always came across as a very warm and friendly man.

13 Pope Paul III
14 Pope Pius XII
15 Pope Urban II

A person that deserves a higher spot on this list.
The crusades are an important part of the history of the Middle Ages, and a very misunderstood and unfairly villiefied one.
Thankfully to Urban II, the march of the infidels had been stopped.

Pope who got the Crusades going.

Who doesn't love a good crusade?

16 Pope Blessed John XXIII

The good pope.

17 Pope Paul VI
18 Pope John Paul I

Pope for only about 30 days.

19 Pope Alexander III

A very underrated pope. Managed to overcome both Frederick Barbarossa and Henry II of England despite having a schism to deal with. Also modified the papal election process which is more or less the same today.

Underrated are you serious?

20 Pope Alexander VI
21 Pope Leo X
22 Pope Sixtus V

He was the most powerful of the Reformation popes and effectively sorted out the papal states.

23 Pope Sylvester I
24 Pope Linus
25 Pope Miltiades

First Pope to end the persecution against Christianity.

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