The Heights of Holiness

Tall G.K. Chesterton shakes a girl's hand

Servant of God G.K. Chesterton

How tall have the famous Catholic men and women of past and present been? Precise figures can be hard to find, but here is a sampling:

6’ 4” — Servant of God G.K. Chesterton

6’ 0” — Venerable Pope Pius XII

5’ 10” — Our Lord Jesus Christ (based upon the Shroud of Turin) , Pope St. John Paul II

5’ 9” — Pope Francis

5’ 8½” — Servant of God Bishop Fulton Sheen  (or 5’ 7” according to his niece )

5’ 8” — Blessed Pope Paul VI

5’ 7” — St. Peter the Apostle (based on the bones found beneath St. Peter’s Basilica’s high altar) , Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

5’ 6” — Pope St. John XXIII

5’ 5” — Servant of God Pope John Paul I

5’ 4” — St. Therese of Lisieux

5’ 2½”— St. John Neumann

5’ 2” — St. Joan of Arc , St. Junipero Serra

5’ 1½”— St. Ignatius Loyola

5’ 0” — Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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4 Responses to “The Heights of Holiness”

  1. Howard Says:

    I thought Benedict was shorter than that, but this was based on a picture of him standing next to (if I remember correctly) the bishop of Dallas, who is exceptionally tall.

  2. Shell Says:

    Fulton Sheen’s niece has said this about the good Bishop: “He was short, maybe 5’7″.” I’m curious as to where IMDb got that information.

  3. Michael Newhouse Says:

    You left off St. Francis…who I believe was very short, about 5’0″

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