Pope Benedict XII

1280 - 1342

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Pope Benedict XII (Latin: Benedictus XII, French: Benoît 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 199,060 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Benedict XII is the 200th most popular religious figure (down from 166th in 2019), the 215th most popular biography from France (down from 187th in 2019) and the 15th most popular 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 200 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Pius I, Pope Innocent VI, Pope Benedict XI, Pope Paul V, Ambrose, and Pope Siricius. After him are Pope Benedict VIII, Malik ibn Anas, Pope Celestine III, Padre Pio, John of Nepomuk, and Pope Adrian VI.

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Among people born in 1280, Pope Benedict XII ranks 1After him are Musa I of Mali, Öljaitü, Pietro Lorenzetti, Birger, King of Sweden, Michael Shishman of Bulgaria, Blanche of Anjou, John Koukouzelis, Anne of Austria, Margravine of Brandenburg, Ugolino di Nerio, 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, Bartolomeo Gradenigo, and Joan of Valois, Countess of Hainaut.

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Among people born in France, Pope Benedict XII ranks 215 out of 6,011Before him are Saint Roch (1295), Pope Innocent VI (1282), Marie Thérèse of France (1778), Gustave Doré (1832), John II of France (1319), and Petronius (27). After him are Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619), François Hollande (1954), Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635), Nicolas Sarkozy (1955), Philip V of France (1293), and Francis de Sales (1567).


Among religious figures born in France, Pope Benedict XII ranks 15Before him are Pope John XXII (1244), Pope Urban V (1310), Jacques de Molay (1243), Pope Clement VI (1291), Saint Roch (1295), and Pope Innocent VI (1282). After him are Francis de Sales (1567), Pope Urban VI (1318), Pope Clement IV (1190), Vincent de Paul (1581), Pope Callixtus II (1065), and Pope Urban IV (1185).