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Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before his upcoming birthday

April 13, 2017. Vatican releases statement that the pope visited Benedict XVI yesterday.

Length of Benedict XVI pontificate


The length of his pontificate falls somewhere in the middle among past Popes. The record for longest serving Pope was Pius IX, with 31 years, 7 months and 23 days (1846-1878). The shortest serving Pope was Urban VII who served for just 13 days (1590).