Throughout history many of the Popes have been holy men. Indeed, of the 266 Popes up to Pope Francis, 83 are recognized as Saints and 9 as Blesseds. Included among these are the first 41 Popes. Of the first 32 popes, those who reigned during the age of Roman persecution (which formally ended in 313), fully 28 were martyrs.
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