Pope Benedict XV

1854 - 1922

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Pope Benedict XV (Latin: Benedictus XV; Italian: Benedetto XV), born Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa (Italian: [ˈdʒa:komo ˈpa:olo dʒoˈvanni batˈtista della ˈkjɛ:za]; 21 November 1854 – 22 January 1922), was head of the Catholic Church from 1914 until his death in 1922. His pontificate was largely overshadowed by World War I and its political, social, and humanitarian consequences in Europe. Between 1846 and 1903, the Catholic Church had experienced two of its longest pontificates in history up to that point. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict XV has received more than 850,841 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Pope Benedict XV is the 87th most popular religious figure (down from 68th in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 88th in 2019) and the 20th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Benedict XV is most famous for his peace efforts during World War I.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict XV ranks 87 out of 2,272Before him are Ezekiel, Pope Pius X, Pope Paul III, Pope Adrian VI, Catherine of Alexandria, and Simon the Zealot. After him are Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope Leo X, Girolamo Savonarola, Salome, Mark the Evangelist, and Saint Lucy.

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Among people born in 1854, Pope Benedict XV ranks 3Before him are Oscar Wilde and Arthur Rimbaud. After him are Henri Poincaré, James George Frazer, Leoš Janáček, Karl Kautsky, Paul Ehrlich, Henri La Fontaine, Emil von Behring, Paul Sabatier, and George Eastman. Among people deceased in 1922, Pope Benedict XV ranks 4Before him are Alexander Graham Bell, Marcel Proust, and Charles I of Austria. After him are Enver Pasha, Erich von Falkenhayn, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Djemal Pasha, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Fredrik Bajer, and Walther Rathenau.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Benedict XV ranks 103 out of 4,088Before him are Cato the Elder (-243), Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Paul III (1468), Scipio Africanus (-235), and Antoninus Pius (86). After him are Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (-600), Enrico Fermi (1901), Sulla (-138), Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), and Michael Collins (1930).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Benedict XV ranks 20Before him are Pope Gregory VII (1020), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope Innocent III (1160), Pope Pius X (1835), and Pope Paul III (1468). After him are Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Saint Lucy (283), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), Pope Pius II (1405), and Pope Pius III (1439).