List of ages of popes

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This is a list of ages of popes.

Ages of popes[edit]

Elected between 11 and 20 years of age
Benedict IX,
pope 1032–1044, 1045, 1047–1048
Elected at age 79
Clement X (born 1590),
pope from 1670 to 1676
Date range
Average Age
Average Years
served as pope
At election
At death
1503 to 1700 63 70 7
1700 to 2005 65 78 13
1503 to 2005 64 74 10

Youngest popes[edit]

The data to determine the age and dates of birth of the youngest popes is frequently unavailable, as popes have generally been elected at older ages in modern times. The youngest pope was probably either Pope Benedict IX (who became pope at an unknown age between 11 and 20)[citation needed] or Pope John XII (who was 18 at the beginning of his papacy)[citation needed].

Ten oldest popes at election (post–1295)[edit]

Pope Year elected Elected at age Age at death or resignation Length of pontificate
Clement X 1670 79 years, 290 days 86 6 years, 84 days
Alexander VIII 1689 79 years, 177 days 80 1 year, 118 days
Paul IV 1555 78 years, 330 days 83 4 years, 87 days
Clement XII 1730 78 years, 100 days 87 9 years, 209 days
Benedict XVI 2005 78 years, 3 days 85 7 years, 315 days
John XXIII 1958 76 years, 337 days 81 4 years, 218 days
Innocent XII 1691 76 years, 124 days 85 9 years, 77 days
Callixtus III 1455 76 years, 98 days 79 3 years, 120 days
Francis 2013 76 years, 86 days Current 1 year, 160 days
Benedict XIII 1724 75 years, 91 days 81 5 years, 268 days

Ten oldest popes at death or resignation (post–1295)[edit]

Pope Year elected Elected at age Age at death or resignation Length of pontificate
Leo XIII 1878 67 93 years, 140 days 25 years, 150 days
Clement XII 1730 78 87 years, 305 days 9 years, 209 days
Clement X 1670 79 86 years, 9 days 6 years, 84 days
Benedict XVI 2005 78 85 years, 318 days (resignation) 7 years, 315 days
Pius IX 1846 54 85 years, 270 days 31 years, 236 days
Innocent XII 1691 76 85 years, 107 days 9 years, 77 days
John XXII 1316 66 84 years, 338 days 18 years, 119 days
John Paul II 1978 58 84 years, 319 days 26 years, 168 days
Gregory XIII 1572 70 83 years, 92 days 12 years, 322 days
Paul IV 1555 78 83 years, 51 days 4 years, 87 days