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Pope Benedict XIV

1675 - 1758

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Pope Benedict XIV (Latin: Benedictus XIV; Italian: Benedetto XIV; 31 March 1675 – 3 May 1758), born Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 17 August 1740 to his death in May 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 479,884 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Pope Benedict XIV is the 138th most popular religious figure (down from 128th in 2019), the 164th most popular biography from Italy (down from 156th in 2019) and the 48th 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 138 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Leo XII, John Bosco, Pope Pius VI, Saint Blaise, Pope Leo XI, and Pope Clement XII. After him are Pope Sixtus V, Pope Martin V, Barnabas, Pope Clement XIV, Catherine of Siena, and Miriam.

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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, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, Tarabai, Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, William Jones, Vakhtang VI of Kartli, Princess Sibylle of Saxe-Lauenburg, Samuel Clarke, Frederick William, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Guillaume Delisle. Among people deceased in 1758, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 1After him are Barbara of Portugal, Prince Augustus William of Prussia, Hans Egede, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Pierre Bouguer, Jonathan Edwards, Senesino, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Ernest Augustus II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Antoine de Jussieu, and Johan Helmich Roman.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 164 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Leo XI (1535), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), Carlo Collodi (1826), Pope Clement XII (1652), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632), and Luchino Visconti (1906). After him are Gaius Marius (-157), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593), Pope Martin V (1369), Pope Clement XIV (1705), and Boethius (480).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Benedict XIV ranks 48Before him are Agnes of Rome (291), Pope Leo XII (1760), John Bosco (1815), Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Leo XI (1535), and Pope Clement XII (1652). After him are Pope Sixtus V (1520), Pope Martin V (1369), Pope Clement XIV (1705), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Sixtus IV (1414), and Pope Clement XI (1649).