Talk:List of ages of popes

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Redundant Explanation?[edit]

Was my explanation redundant? (in original version), especially noting the Years served is as of the last anniversary of election to papacy. (Note: I created the article when not logged in)NoSeptember(UTC)

I'd have listed the current pope first, his immediate predecessor next, etc., i.e., the reverse of the order used here. Is there a reason for preferring this order? Michael Hardy 19:32, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I used the Chronilogical List of Popes chart as the template for this chart. I agree that current on top may be better. I was planning on adding older popes later. NoSeptember(UTC)


This is my first new page, great to see all the changes people make that keep improving the article. I would like to add oldest ages / youngest ages / longest and shortest pontificates since 1500, but am not sure how to format. Please advise, or do it yourself if you know a good way to do it. Thanks. NoSeptember 18:51, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I'm not sure if it's a good way, but I once added similar information to List of members of the Swiss_Federal_Council#Statistics/trivia. Another version added more formatting for layout. As the list here is a nice table, the "Table Sort" bookmarklet on [1] might do. -- User:Docu


Are any popes who abdicated listed on this page? Michael Hardy 23:17, 19 July 2005 (UTC)

Oh, I see: it appears not. The list would need to get extended back to 1409. Michael Hardy 23:19, 19 July 2005 (UTC)
And I believe it should be extended all the way back to Saint Peter. -- 14:26, 17 October 2005 (UTC)


As a practical matter it seems the list can be extended continuously, more or less, through Pope Leo IX in 1049. The previous pope to have any birth date listed is Pope Silvester II 999-1003.--Mishalak 04:01, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Sortability of list[edit]

Can an expert in wikimarkup (I still don't get the table code) make the table sortable like in WP:OP's tables? It's sort of annnoying only having the Popes in chronological order by election, instead of being sortable by age of election etc. —Crazytales (public computer) (talk) (main) 19:04, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Gregory XII[edit]

I noticed that Pope Gregory XII is missing from the list of oldest popes. According to his article he was 80 years old when he was elected and late into his 80s when he resigned. Is he missing from the list because he didn't die in office but resigned? Will Benedict XVI be relegated from the list due to his resignation? I think he shouldn't. The article name doesn't say the list is only about popes who died in office. And is it planned to extend the list farther back? Or are the dates before 1216 to insecure? --Krawunsel (talk) 14:14, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Well, according to other wikis, Gregory's birthdate is uncertain and could date back to 1330's or 40's, not 1326. IMHO, however, this should be clarified. I agree that Pope Benedict should not be removed from the list as a result of his resignation. -- (talk) 11:23, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Adrian I[edit]

I noticed that Pope Adrian I died at the age of 95, so shouldn't he have his place above Leo XIII? (talk) 07:19, 25 May 2015 (UTC)