Monday, March 15, 2004

Another milestone for JPII

Yesterday John Paul, who marked the 25th anniversary of his election as pope on Oct. 16, passed Pope Leo XIII to become the third-longest-serving pontiff in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Vatican lists St. Peter, the first pope, as serving from A.D. 30 to 64 or 67 — a total of either 34 or 37 years. Second on the longevity list is Pius IX, who served 31 years, seven months and 17 days until July 20, 1903.


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