Pope John Paul II Now Third-Longest Reigning Pope

Pope John Paul II Now Third-Longest Reigning Pope

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Source: James G. Howes

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On this day, Pope John Paul II becomes the third-longest reigning pope in history. The first two are Saint Peter and Pope Pius IX.

When he dies in 2005, his papacy will have lasted 26 years, 168 days.

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