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Number of popes the church has had

How many popes has the church had?

266

Not too many people know that the first pope of the Catholic Church was St. Peter, the apostle.  Keep in mind that since then there have been a total of 266 popes in a continuous line of apostolic succession.  It is widely known the fact that the current pope is Pope Francis.  It is widely known the fact that the pope is the spiritual leader of Catholicism.  Needless to say, he is also the visible head of the Catholic Church.

This fact is verified on : January 17, 2014.





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