Pope Benedict XIV

1675 - 1758

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Pope Benedict XIV (Latin: Benedictus XIV; 31 March 1675 – 3 May 1758), born Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini, was head of the Catholic Church from 17 August 1740 to his death in 1758.Perhaps one of the best scholars to sit on the papal throne, yet often overlooked, he promoted scientific learning, the baroque arts, reinvigoration of Thomism, and the study of the human form. Firmly committed to carrying out the decrees of the Council of Trent and authentic Catholic teaching, Benedict removed changes previously made to the Breviary, sought peacefully to reverse growing secularism in European courts, invigorated ceremonies with great pomp, and throughout his life and his reign published numerous theological and ecclesiastical treatises. In governing the Papal States, he reduced taxation on some products, but also raised taxes on others; he also encouraged agriculture and supported free trade within the Papal States. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict XIV has received more than 316,808 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Benedict XIV is the 128th most popular religious figure (up from 132nd in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from Italy (down from 147th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Benedict XIV was most famous for his efforts to reform the Catholic Church in the 18th century.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 128 out of 2,272. Before him are Hassan-i Sabbah, Pope John XXII, Pope Leo XII, Anselm of Canterbury, Pope Gregory IX, and Pope Clement VIII. After him are Bridget of Sweden, Barnabas, Pope Paul V, Miriam, Pope Leo I, and Pope Gregory XII.

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Among people born in 1675, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 1After him are Emperor Higashiyama, Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, William Jones, Tarabai, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, Vakhtang VI of Kartli, Samuel Clarke, and Frederick William, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Among people deceased in 1758, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 1After him are Barbara of Portugal, Hans Egede, Prince Augustus William of Prussia, Pierre Bouguer, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Jonathan Edwards, Senesino, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Antoine de Jussieu, Johan Helmich Roman, and Lorenz Heister.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 156 out of 4,088. Before him are Carlo Collodi (1826), Gaetano Donizetti (1797), Pope Leo XII (1760), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Gregory IX (1160), and Pope Clement VIII (1536). After him are Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Suetonius (70), Marcello Mastroianni (1924), Numa Pompilius (-753), and Pope Paul V (1552).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 43Before him are Pope Pius VIII (1761), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Leo XII (1760), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Gregory IX (1160), and Pope Clement VIII (1536). After him are Pope Paul V (1552), Pope Leo I (390), Pope Gregory XII (1335), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Pope Clement XII (1652), and Pope Innocent X (1574).