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 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]

Oriental Orthodox Churches[edit]

Churches Not in Communion[edit]

Other Orthodoxy[edit]

Church of the East[edit]

Assyrian Catholicos-Patriarch Maran Mar Gewargis III

Old Catholic Church[edit]

Archbishop of Utrecht Bernd Wallet

Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht Bernd Wallet, the principal leader of the Union of Utrecht. As a primate of the Old Catholic Church in communion with the see of Utrecht, he is considered first among equals though he does not have jurisdictional authority.

Anglican Communion[edit]

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England



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