How young is the 'Young Pope'?

How young is the 'Young Pope'?

The pope from HBO's The Young Pope is young, but not that young. But young enough, younger than most.

On the heels of The Young Pope, the upcoming (and meme-able) HBO series starring Jude Law as the titular pope, we are introduced to a new pope, a new young pope, Pope Pius XIII. The first trailer presented us with a different kind of pope, a wild kind of pope. This pope smokes. This pope breaks rules. This pope has Diane Keaton as his mentor. Diane Keaton plays basketball. 

So how old is this young pope? Well, he's 47, which is pretty young, right? 

Law, on the other hand is 44, which is young, and he looks all the more so in the series — thanks to his new hairline. Sure, the series presents its pope as a graying one, but we know he's still young. Well, I know he's still young. I watched the pilot, and I believe, at some point, a cardinal even says he is young.

Still, he's not the youngest pope. He's young, but there have been younger ones. 

While it's hard to track the age of pope's born before the 15th century, the Guardian compiled a list of every single pope, beginning with Pope Innocent VII  and leading up to our current pope, Francis I. Of their list, only two of the popes are younger than the fictional Pius XIII, and two others are his same age.

The Popes 

Pope Innocent VII — 65 years old (1404-1406)
Pope Gregory XII — 60 years old (1406-1415)
Pope Martin V — 48 years old (1417-1431)
Pope Eugene IV — 47 years old (1431-1447)
Pope Nicholas V — 49 years old (1447-1455)
Pope Callixtus III — 76 years old (1455-1458)
Pope Pius II — 52 years old (1458-1464)
Pope Paul II — 47 years old (1464-1471)
Pope Sixtus IV — 57 years old (1471-1484)
Pope Innocent VIII — 51 years old (1484-1492)
Pope Alexander VI — 61 years old (1492-1503)
Pope Pius III — 64 years old (1503-1503
Pope Julius II — 59 years old (1503-1513)
Pope Leo X — 37 years old (1513-1521)
Pope Adrian VI — 62 years old (1522-1523)
Pope Clement VII — 45 years old (1523-1534)
Pope Paul III — 66 years old (1534-1549)
Pope Julius III — 62 years old (1550-1555)
Pope Marcellus II — 53 years old (1555-1555)
Pope Paul IV — 67 years old (1555-1559)
Pope Pius IV — 60 years old (1559-1565)
Pope Pius V — 61 years old (1566-1572)
Pope Gregory XIII — 70 years old (1572-1585)
Pope Sixtus V — 63 years old (1585-1590)
Pope Urban VII — (1590-1590)
Pope Gregory XIV — 55 years old (1590-1591)
Pope Innocent IX — 72 years old (1591-1591)
Pope Clement VIII — 55 years old (1592-1605)
Pope Leo XI — 69 years old (1605-1605)
Pope Paul V — 52 years old (1605-1621)
Pope Gregory XV — 67 years old (1621-1623)
Pope Urban XVIII — 55 years old (1623-1644)
Pope Innocent X — 70 years old (1644-1655)
Pope Alexander VII — 56 years old (1655-1667)
Pope Clement IX — 67 years old (1667-1669)
Pope Clement X — 79 years old (1670-1676)
Pope Innocent XI — 65 years old (1676-1689)
Pope Alexander VIII — 79 years old (1689-1691)
Pope Innocent XII — 76 years old (1691-1700)
Pope Clement XI — 51 years old (1700-1721)
Pope Innocent XIII — 65 years old (1721-1724)
Pope Benedict XIII — 75 years old (1724-1730)
Pope Clement XII — 78 years old (1730-1740)
Pope Benedict XIV — 65 years old (1740-1758)
Pope Clement XIII — 65 years old (1758-1769)
Pope Clement XIV — 63 years old (1769-1774)
Pope Pius VI — 57 years old (1775-1799)
Pope Pius VII — 57 years old (1800-1823)
Pope Leo XII — 63 years old (1823-1829)
Pope Pius VIII — 67 years old (1829-1830)
Pope Gregory XVI — 65 years old (1831-1846)
Pope Pius IX — 54 years old (1846-1878)
Pope Leo XIII — 67 years old (1873-1903)
Pope Pius X — 68 years old (1903-1914)
Pope Benedict XV — 59 years old (1914-1922)
Pope Pius XI — 64 years old (1922-1939)
Pope Pius XII — 63 years old (1939-1958)
Pope John XXIII — 76 years old (1958-1963)
Pope Paul VI — 65 years old (1963-1978)
Pope John Paul I — 65 years old (1978-1978)
Pope John Paul II — 58 years old (1978-2005)
Pope Benedict XVI — 78 years old (2005-2013)
Pope Francis I — 76 years old (2013-present)