List of canonised popes

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This article lists the Popes who have been canonised or recognised as Saints in the Roman Catholic Church they had led. A total of 81 (out of 266) Popes have been recognised universally as canonised saints, including all of the first 35 Popes (31 of whom were martyrs) and 52 of the first 54. If Pope Liberius is numbered amongst the Saints as in Eastern Christianity, all of the first 49 Popes become recognised as Saints, of whom 31 are Martyr-Saints, and 53 of the first 54 Pontiffs would be acknowledged as Saints. In addition, 14 other Popes are in the process of becoming canonised Saints: as of December 2017, two are recognised as being Servants of God, two are recognised as being Venerable, and ten have been declared Blessed or Beati, making a total of 95 (97 if Pope Liberius and Pope Adeodatus II are recognised to be Saints) of the 266 Roman Pontiffs being recognised and venerated for their heroic virtues and inestimable contributions to the Church.

The most recently reigning Pope to have been put forward for sainthood was Pope John Paul II, whose cause for canonisation was opened in May 2005 and who was beatified on May 1, 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI; later, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII were both canonised on April 27, 2014 by Pope Francis.[1]


Pope Adeodatus II is recognised and venerated by some Roman Catholics.

Pope Liberius is regarded as a Saint in most of Eastern Christianity.


  1. Pope Benedict XI
  2. Pope Eugene III
  3. Pope Gregory X
  4. Pope Innocent V
  5. Pope Innocent XI
  6. Pope Paul VI[4]
  7. Pope Pius IX[5]
  8. Pope Urban II
  9. Pope Urban V[6]
  10. Pope Victor III[7]


  1. Pope John Paul I[8]
  2. Pope Pius XII

Servants of God

  1. Pope Benedict XIII[9]
  2. Pope Pius VII

See also


  1. ^ Pentin, Edward. "It’s Official: John Paul II and John XXIII to Be Canonized April 27", National Catholic Register, Oct 14, 2013
  2. ^ Kelly, Leo. "Pope St. Deusdedit." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 2 April 2016
  3. ^ Loughlin, James. "Pope St. Adrian III." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 2 April 2016
  4. ^ Declaration of the heroic virtue of the servant of God, Paul VI
  5. ^ Biography of Bl. Pope Pius IX
  6. ^ Webster, Douglas Raymund. "Pope Bl. Urban V." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 13 Feb. 2013
  7. ^ Webster, Douglas Raymund. "Pope Blessed Victor III." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 13 Feb. 2013
  8. ^ Opening of the cause of canonization of the Servant of God Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I: November 23, 2003
  9. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "Orsini, O.P., Vincenzo Maria", Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, August 18, 2015
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