Pontificate of Benedict XVI already exceeds average length
July 25, 2012
Elected in April 2005 when he was 78, Pope Benedict XVI was generally expected to have a short reign. But his pontificate has now lasted longer than the average for all the Pontiffs in recorded history.
Now 85, Pope Benedict is the 6th-oldest Pope in history. By January of next year he would jump to 4th on that list. But he would remain well short of the longevity of Popes Clement X, Clement XII, and Leo XIII; all died at the age of 93.
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