On July 19, 2010,
Benedict XVI passed Gregory XIII to become the seventh-oldest pope in
history.  Benedict XVI turned 83 years, 3 months and 4 days old.

sixth-oldest pope was John Paul II, living 84 years, 10 months and 15
days.  Benedict XVI would pass John Paul II on February 29, 2012, a leap

The oldest pope dating back to 1400 was Pope Leo
XIII, who lived to 93 years, 4 months and 18 days.  Benedict XVI will
have to live to September 3, 2020 to surpass Leo XIII.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet