Pope Fabian

200 - 250

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Pope Fabian (Latin: Fabianus) was the bishop of Rome from 10 January 236 to his death on 20 January 250, succeeding Anterus. A dove is said to have descended on his head to mark him as the Holy Spirit's unexpected choice to become the next pope. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Fabian has received more than 398,347 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Pope Fabian is the 217th most popular religious figure (up from 219th in 2019), the 259th most popular biography from Italy (up from 264th in 2019) and the 90th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Fabian is most famous for being the pope who replaced Pope Sixtus II after he was martyred in 258. He is also famous for his work in trying to settle the dispute between the Roman and the Alexandrian churches over the date of Easter.

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Among religious figures, Pope Fabian ranks 217 out of 2,272Before him are Abdullah ibn Abd al-Muttalib, Tomás de Torquemada, Caiaphas, Irenaeus, Rabia of Basra, and Pope Innocent VII. After him are Pope Urban I, Pope Benedict IX, Pope Adrian I, Pope Siricius, Longinus, and Pope Sixtus I.

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Among people born in 200, Pope Fabian ranks 3Before him are Valerian and Pope Lucius I. After him are Cyprian, Pope Dionysius, Saint Cecilia, Pope Cornelius, Pope Pontian, Hua Tuo, Pope Stephen I, Celsus, and Athenaeus. Among people deceased in 250, Pope Fabian ranks 2Before him is Nagarjuna. After him are Denis, Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha, Herodian, Philostratus, Cai Yan, Aryadeva, Saint Mercurius, Censorinus, and Licinianus.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Fabian ranks 259 out of 4,088Before him are Ludovico Sforza (1452), Giambattista Vico (1668), Pope Innocent VII (1339), Marsilio Ficino (1433), Benvenuto Cellini (1500), and Man in the Iron Mask (1640). After him are Alessandro Scarlatti (1660), Pope Urban I (222), Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696), Giuseppe Meazza (1910), Pope Benedict IX (1012), and Pope Adrian I (700).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Fabian ranks 90Before him are Pope Celestine III (1106), Pope Celestine V (1215), Pope Sixtus IV (1414), Pope Linus (1), Pope Lucius I (200), and Pope Innocent VII (1339). After him are Pope Urban I (222), Pope Benedict IX (1012), Pope Adrian I (700), Pope Siricius (334), Longinus (100), and Pope Sixtus I (42).