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The last 10 popes

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Below is a list of the last 10 popes and the length of their pontificates following Monday's announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will step down on February 28:

- John Paul II (October 1978-April 2005): 26 years. The first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI in the 16th century, and the first Polish pope

- John Paul I (August 1978-September 1978): Died suddenly after only 33 days

- Paul VI (June 1963-August 1978): 15 years. Named his three immediate successors as cardinals

- John XXIII (October 1958-June 1963): five years. Convened Second Vatican Council to reform Church

- Pius XII (March 1939-October 1958): 19 years. Was pope during World War II

- Pius XI (February 1922-February 1939): 17 years

- Benedict XV (September 1914-January 1922): seven years. Carried out intensive diplomatic activity during World War I

- Saint Pius X (August 1903-August 1914): 11 years

- Leon XIII (February 1878-July 1903): 25 years

- Pius IX (June 1846-February 1878): 31 years, the longest pontificate since Saint Peter, the first pope

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