List of canonised popes

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This article lists the Popes who have been canonised or recognized as Saints in the Roman Catholic Church they had led. A total of 81 (out of 266) Popes have been recognised 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 among saints as in Eastern Christianity, the numbers become - the first 49 Popes were all Saints, 31 being Martyr-Saints, and 53 of the first 54 all Saints. In addition to this, 14 other Popes are in the process of becoming canonised Saints - as of June 2017, 3 are recognized as being Servants of God, 1 (Pope Pius XII) is recognized as being Venerable, and 10 have been declared a Blessed or Beati, for a total of 95 (97 if Popes Liberius and Adeodatus II are counted as Saints) of the 266 Roman Pontiffs being recognized and venerated for their heroic virtues and inestimable contributions to the Church.

The Pope who reigned most recently and was 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]



  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 Pius XII

Servants of God

  1. Pope Benedict XIII[8]
  2. Pope John Paul I[9]
  3. 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. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "Orsini, O.P., Vincenzo Maria", Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, August 18, 2015
  9. ^ Opening of the cause of canonization of the Servant of God Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I: November 23, 2003
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