Watch: On Jan. 22, Pope Francis’ pontificate surpasses Benedict XVI’s in duration


Pope Benedict XVI was elected on April 19, 2005 – some 17 days after the death of Pope St. John Paul II.

Seven years, 10 months and 9 days later he retired and then Pope Francis was elected nearly two weeks later on March 13, 2013.

On Jan. 22 Pope Francis passed the amount of time that Pope Benedict XVI held the pontificate. See the above video from Rome Reports for more.