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Pope Benedict XIII

1649 - 1730

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Pope Benedict XIII (Latin: Benedictus XIII; Italian: Benedetto XIII; 2 February 1649 – 21 February 1730), born Pietro Francesco Orsini and later called Vincenzo Maria Orsini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 29 May 1724 to his death in February 1730.A Dominican friar, Orsini focused on his religious responsibilities as bishop rather than on papal administration. Orsini's lack of political expertise led him to increasingly rely on an unscrupulous secretary (Cardinal Niccolò Coscia) whose financial abuses ruined the papal treasury, causing great damage to the Church in Rome. In the process towards sainthood, his cause for canonization opened in 1755, but it was closed shortly afterwards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict XIII has received more than 521,542 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Pope Benedict XIII is the 228th most popular religious figure (up from 231st in 2019), the 268th most popular biography from Italy (up from 277th in 2019) and the 101st most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Benedict XIII was most famous for being the last pope to have been born in the Middle Ages. He was also the last pope to have been a cardinal before he became pope.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict XIII ranks 228 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Clement IV, Pope Pelagius I, Pope John XV, Joachim, Pope Adeodatus I, and Pope Joan. After him are Pope John VIII, Saint Patrick, Pope Eugene III, Pope Adrian I, Pope Alexander I, and Vincent de Paul.

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Among people born in 1649, Pope Benedict XIII ranks 2Before him is Pope Clement XI. After him are Marie Anne Mancini, Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth, Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria, Thomas Tew, John Blow, Princess Frederica Amalia of Denmark, James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, Bernhard I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, Jan Luyken, and Giuseppe Maria Tomasi. Among people deceased in 1730, Pope Benedict XIII ranks 2Before him is Peter II of Russia. After him are Frederick IV of Denmark, Theresa Kunegunda Sobieska, Leonardo Vinci, Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Adrienne Lecouvreur, Jakob Ammann, Hans Hermann von Katte, François de Neufville, duc de Villeroy, Luigi Ferdinando Marsili, and Árni Magnússon.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Benedict XIII ranks 268 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Pelagius I (505), Pope John XV (1000), Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Pope Adeodatus I (570), Umberto II of Italy (1904), and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710). After him are Pope John VIII (820), Cimabue (1240), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Pope Eugene III (1080), Pope Adrian I (700), and Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Benedict XIII ranks 101Before him are Pope Urban I (222), Pope Boniface IV (550), Charles Borromeo (1538), Pope Pelagius I (505), Pope John XV (1000), and Pope Adeodatus I (570). After him are Pope John VIII (820), Pope Eugene III (1080), Pope Adrian I (700), Pope Alexander I (100), Pope Fabian (200), and Pope Adrian II (792).