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]


Pope Francis

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 the Church, and also, the head of the universal college of bishops. Each autonomous (sui iuris) church has its own patriarch or other presiding bishop:

Bechara Boutros al-Rahi
Louis Raphaël I Sako

Eastern Orthodox Churches[edit]

Oriental Orthodox Churches[edit]

Ignatius Aphrem II, 123rd successor in the Holy apostolic Throne of St.peter 1st patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox church
Moran mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox church of Antioch and all the east

Churches Not in Communion[edit]

Other Orthodoxy[edit]

Church of the East[edit]

Old Catholic Church[edit]

Anthony Makovsky, Prime Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church and the Union of Scranton.

Anglican Communion[edit]

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England.
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is the principal leader of the Anglican Communion. In most contexts, however, the Archbishop of Canterbury is considered just the spiritual leader of the Church of England. As Primate of the Church of England and the bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury, the see that churches must be in communion with in order to be a part of the Anglican Communion,[citation needed] he is the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Also known as First Among Equals, he leads through example and persuasion but has no legal jurisdiction outside England.


Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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