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Photos: Shortest-reigning popes

Updated 9:09 AM ET, Wed February 13, 2013
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With the resignation of Pope Benedict, take a look at history's shortest-reigning popes. You can also view our list of the longest-reigning popes.

Pope Urban VII reigned for 13 calendar days in 1590, the shortest papal tenure in history.
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Boniface VI reigned for 16 days in the year 896.
Pope Celestine IV reigned for 17 days and died before consecration in 1241. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Theodore II reigned for 20 days in 897. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Sisinnius reigned for 21 days in 708. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Marcellus II reigned for 22 days in 1555. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Damasus II reigned for 24 days in 1048. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Pius III reigned for 27 days in 1503. Emory University
Pope Leo XI also reigned for 27 days in 1605. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope Benedict V was the first to reign for 33 days in 964. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Pope John Paul I also reigned for 33 days before his death in 1978. Keystone/Getty Images