How many Cardinals are there?

With the fragile state of the Pope these days, my compatriots and I started wondering about the structure of the Catholic Church. Specifically, we wanted to know how many Cardinals are there? Well, it’s 183 as Paul found the answer at Also of interest is the index of Popes through history, which includes 264 or 265 depending on who you believe. I’m not sure what the discrepancy is. For more info on JPII see the CNN biography (the Vatican site is swamped, so don’t expect to get in there).

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