The Catholic church has had its fair share of Pope’s who’ve been at the heart of many scandals and much has been written about them. However, with the rise of Pope Francis and his immense popularity around the world, it’s important to remember that there have been some truly great Popes who have served at the helm of this venerable religion. While some may disagree with this list, here are our picks for the top three Popes in the history of the Catholic church.
Blessed John XXIII
In office from 1958 through 1963, John was one of the most beloved Popes to have ever be chosen. He instituted a series of reforms when he called the Second Vatican Council that effectively created the church we now know. He underscored the rights and dignity of all people on that occasion which followed naturally from his work on behalf of the Jewish people living in Hitler’s Germany during World War 2.
Pope John Paul II
One of the warmest Popes in history, John Paul II was truly an emissary for the church. The first Pope from Poland, he reached out and touched the hearts of the world with his caring nature. While this view of the Pope may change as time passes, he reigns supreme in the hearts of many.
Peter The Apostle
Considered the first Pope of the Catholic church, Peter set the standard for leading his flock. He lived and worked
with Jesus as his right hand man and shouldered the responsibility of spreading the word once Christ had left the Earth. While many people would put him in a class all by himself, there is no doubt that he is one of the top three Popes in the Catholic church of all time.