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Browse biographies of some of history's most famous popes, including Benedict XVI, Francis, John Paul II, Joan, St. Leo I and Nicholas II.
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profile name: Pope Francis profile occupation: Pope
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profile name: John Paul II profile occupation: Pope
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profile name: Antipope Benedict XIV profile occupation: Religious Leader
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profile name: St Leo I profile occupation: Pope, Saint
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