Pope Benedict XII

1280 - 1342

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Pope Benedict XII (Latin: Benedictus XII; 1285 – 25 April 1342), born Jacques Fournier, was head of the Catholic Church from 30 December 1334 to his death in April 1342. He was the third Avignon pope. Benedict was a careful pope who reformed monastic orders and opposed nepotism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict XII has received more than 179,176 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Pope Benedict XII is the 166th most popular religious figure (down from 155th in 2019), the 187th most popular biography from France (down from 158th in 2019) and the 13th most popular French Religious Figure.

Pope Benedict xii is most famous for his role in the resistance against Nazism and the Holocaust. He was the first pope to speak out against the Nazi regime, and he helped to save thousands of Jews from persecution.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict XII ranks 166 out of 2,272Before him are Joachim, Thérèse of Lisieux, Pope Honorius III, Pope Callixtus III, Saint Blaise, and Pope Alexander VIII. After him are Elizabeth, Saint Roch, Pope Eugene IV, Pope Clement XIII, Pope Alexander VII, and Pope Boniface IX.

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Among people born in 1280, Pope Benedict XII ranks 1After him are Musa I of Mali, Öljaitü, Pietro Lorenzetti, Michael Shishman of Bulgaria, Birger, King of Sweden, Blanche of Anjou, John Koukouzelis, Anne of Austria, Margravine of Brandenburg, and Stefan Vladislav II. Among people deceased in 1342, Pope Benedict XII ranks 1After him are Charles I of Hungary, Marsilius of Padua, Robert III of Artois, Peter II of Sicily, Anna of Trebizond, Tini Beg, and Bartolomeo Gradenigo.

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Among people born in France, Pope Benedict XII ranks 187 out of 5,234Before him are Pope Urban V (1310), Pope Urban VI (1318), Charles the Bold (1433), Petronius (27), Thérèse of Lisieux (1873), and Charles IV of France (1294). After him are Honoré Daumier (1808), Saint Roch (1295), Roland Barthes (1915), Gustave Doré (1832), Henri Rousseau (1844), and Henry II of England (1133).


Among religious figures born in France, Pope Benedict XII ranks 13Before him are Pope Gregory XI (1370), Bernadette Soubirous (1844), Pope Clement VI (1291), Pope Urban V (1310), Pope Urban VI (1318), and Thérèse of Lisieux (1873). After him are Saint Roch (1295), Pope Innocent VI (1282), Jacques de Molay (1243), Pope Callixtus II (1065), Pope Urban IV (1185), and Pope Clement IV (1190).