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Angelo Sodano

1927 - 2022

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Angelo Raffaele Sodano, GCC (23 November 1927 – 27 May 2022) was an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church and, from 1991 onward, a cardinal. He was the Dean of the College of Cardinals from 2005 to 2019 and Cardinal Secretary of State from 1991 to 2006; Sodano was the first person since 1828 to serve simultaneously as Dean and Secretary of State. On 22 June 2006, Pope Benedict XVI accepted Sodano's resignation as Secretary of State, effective on 15 September 2006. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Angelo Sodano has received more than 401,450 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Angelo Sodano is the 664th most popular religious figure (down from 635th in 2019), the 866th most popular biography from Italy (down from 819th in 2019) and the 257th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Angelo Sodano is most famous for being the Secretary of State of the Vatican.

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Among religious figures, Angelo Sodano ranks 664 out of 2,238Before him are Theodora, Aloysius Stepinac, Mordecai, Eulalia of Mérida, James, brother of Jesus, and Josaphat Kuntsevych. After him are Saint Remigius, Ludmila of Bohemia, Gertrude the Great, Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, Sa'id bin Zayd, and Mahapajapati Gotami.

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Among people born in 1927, Angelo Sodano ranks 35Before him are Robert Ludlum, Hubert de Givenchy, Robert Hossein, Manfred Eigen, Harry Belafonte, and Emmanuelle Riva. After him are Mary Higgins Clark, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, K. Alex Müller, Hugo Pratt, Stan Getz, and Gilbert Bécaud. Among people deceased in 2022, Angelo Sodano ranks 40Before him are Olivia Newton-John, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Thierry Mugler, Lata Mangeshkar, Ricardo Bofill, and Bill Russell. After him are Peter Bogdanovich, Hardy Krüger, Kakuichi Mimura, Viktor Saneyev, Bruno Latour, and David Sassoli.

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Among people born in Italy, Angelo Sodano ranks 866 out of 4,668Before him are Maximilian Sforza (1493), Luigi Russolo (1885), Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus (-84), Beatrice of Naples (1457), Guercino (1591), and Berengar II of Italy (900). After him are Emilio Segrè (1905), Concino Concini (1575), Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (-519), Lina Wertmüller (1928), Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1642), and Luciano Berio (1925).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Angelo Sodano ranks 257Before him are Alexius of Rome (400), Scholastica (480), Pope Leo V (870), Peter Lombard (1096), Giulia Farnese (1474), and Tarcisio Bertone (1934). After him are Silas (1), Antipope Ursicinus (400), Antipope Anacletus II (1090), Frances of Rome (1384), Hippolytus of Rome (170), and Melania the Younger (383).