Pope Benedict IX

1012 - 1055

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Pope Benedict IX (Latin: Benedictus IX; c. 1012 – c. 1056), born Theophylactus of Tusculum in Rome, was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States for three periods between October 1032 and July 1048. Aged about 20 when first elected, he is the youngest pope in history. He is the only person to have been Pope more than once and the only person ever accused of selling the papacy. Benedict was the nephew of his immediate predecessor, John XIX. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict IX has received more than 1,080,664 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Pope Benedict IX is the 352nd most popular religious figure (down from 264th in 2019), the 401st most popular biography from Italy (down from 307th in 2019) and the 162nd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Benedict IX was most famous for being the first and only pope to resign from the papacy.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict IX ranks 352 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Liberius, Pope Marinus II, Pope John II, Pope Benedict VII, Guru Nanak, and Pope John XI. After him are Pope Silverius, Pope Innocent IV, Caiaphas, Belshazzar, Umm Salama, and Sarah Baartman.

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Among people born in 1012, Pope Benedict IX ranks 1After him are Baldwin V, Count of Flanders, García Sánchez III of Pamplona, Marpa Lotsawa, Mawdud of Ghazni, Abbad II al-Mu'tadid, Odo of Gascony, and Cai Xiang. Among people deceased in 1055, Pope Benedict IX ranks 1After him are Constantine IX Monomachos, Bretislav I, Emperor Xingzong of Liao, Samuel ibn Naghrillah, Adalbert, Margrave of Austria, Hilarion of Kiev, Conrad II, Duke of Bavaria, Conrad I, Duke of Bavaria, and Welf, Duke of Carinthia.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Benedict IX ranks 401 out of 5,161Before him are Pope Benedict VII (910), Annibale Carracci (1560), Luigi Cherubini (1760), Ancus Marcius (-675), Pope John XI (910), and Simone Martini (1284). After him are Pope Silverius (490), Luigi Boccherini (1743), Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863), Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519), Pietro Mascagni (1863), and Pope Innocent IV (1195).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Benedict IX ranks 162Before him are Pope Stephen I (200), Pope Liberius (310), Pope Marinus II (932), Pope John II (470), Pope Benedict VII (910), and Pope John XI (910). After him are Pope Silverius (490), Pope Innocent IV (1195), Philip Neri (1515), Pope Leo VII (900), Pope Anastasius I (340), and Pope Soter (120).