Pope Francis

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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the Pope and head of the Catholic Church, the bishop of Rome and sovereign of the Vatican City State. He is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the first one from the Americas, the first one from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first one born or raised outside Europe since the 8th-century papacy of the Syrian Pope Gregory III. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked for a time as a bouncer and a janitor as a young man before training to be a chemist and working as a technician in a food science laboratory. After recovering from a severe illness of pneumonia and cysts, he was inspired to join the Jesuits in 1958. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Francis has received more than 29,996,285 page views. His biography is available in 160 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 155 in 2019). Pope Francis is the 9th most popular religious figure (down from 7th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Argentina and the most popular Argentinean Religious Figure.

Pope Francis is most famous for being the first non-European pope in over 1,200 years. He is also famous for his simple lifestyle and his focus on social justice and environmentalism.

Memorability Metrics

  • 30M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 88.35

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 160

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 18.14

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.63

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Pope Francis by language

Over the past year Pope Francis has had the most page views in the with 3,329,323 views, followed by Spanish (1,461,187), and Italian (870,489). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Telugu (1,708.79%), Papiamentu (273.56%), and Samogitian (235.04%)


Among religious figures, Pope Francis ranks 9 out of 3,187Before him are Moses, Saint Peter, Abraham, Martin Luther, Mary, mother of Jesus, and Paul the Apostle. After him are Solomon, Saint Joseph, John the Baptist, Saint Nicholas, Tutankhamun, and Jacob.

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Among people born in 1936, Pope Francis ranks 1After him are Silvio Berlusconi, Václav Havel, Sepp Blatter, Alan Alda, Yves Saint Laurent, Barry Barish, Mario Vargas Llosa, Robert Redford, Ken Loach, Mikhail Tal, and Amancio Ortega.

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In Argentina

Among people born in Argentina, Pope Francis ranks 2 out of 1,154Before him are Che Guevara (1928). After him are Diego Maradona (1960), Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Alfredo Di Stéfano (1926), Eva Perón (1919), Juan Perón (1895), Astor Piazzolla (1921), Juan Manuel Fangio (1911), Lionel Messi (1987), Isabel Martínez de Perón (1931), and Jorge Rafael Videla (1925).


Among religious figures born in Argentina, Pope Francis ranks 1After him are Leonardo Sandri (1943), Mario Aurelio Poli (1947), Juan Carlos Aramburu (1912), Estanislao Esteban Karlic (1926), Jorge María Mejía (1923), Antonio Caggiano (1889), Eduardo Francisco Pironio (1920), Víctor Manuel Fernández (1962), Luis Héctor Villalba (1934), and Raúl Francisco Primatesta (1919).