Before the selection of Pope Francis in March 2013, there had been 10 popes since 1878. Here is a description of each from The Post’s Elizabeth Tenety.
Pope Benedict XVI Benedict (2005-2013) made history in February when he became the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign the office. An influential cardinal and theologian before his election, Benedict frequently warned that an increasingly secular West was crowding Christianity and God out of public and often private life. Wolfgang Radtke/AP Buy Photo