List of current Christian leaders

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The following is a current list of the highest-ranking leaders in major Christian churches or denominations. The list is in descending order based on the number of congregants.

Catholic Church[edit]


The 266th bishop of Rome is Pope Francis, who was elected on the 13th of March 2013. As bishop of Rome the pope is the patriarch of the Latin Church, the largest of the Catholic Church's 24 autonomous (sui iuris) churches. He is also head of the college of bishops which governs the universal church. The Papal primacy doctrine of Catholics states that this primacy extends in perpetuity to the Pope and throughout the Catholic Church.

Eastern Catholic Churches[edit]

The pope is the supreme leader of these churches, and also, the head of the universal college of bishops. Each autonomous (sui iuris) church has its own patriarch or other presiding bishop:

Eastern Orthodox Churches[edit]




Churches in partial communion[edit]

Churches not in communion[edit]

Oriental Orthodox Churches[edit]

Churches not in communion[edit]

Church of the East[edit]

Old Catholic Church[edit]

Archbishop of Utrecht Bernd Wallet

Anglican Communion[edit]

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England



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