Pope Benedict XVI now joins a long history of 265 popes past, becoming the first in nearly 600 years to step down before his death. From John Paul I, who reigned for only 33 days before suddenly dying to the first pope to be filmed by a motion picture camera, here's a look at some popes throughout the ages.
Real name: Joseph Alois Ratzinger. Ratzinger chose the pontifical name Benedict, which comes from the Latin word meaning "the blessed," in honor of both Pope Benedict XV and Saint Benedict of Nursia. Oldest to become pope since Pope Clement XII in 1730. First pope to willingly renounce the Papacy since Pope Celestine V in 1294.
Papal reign: 2005-2013