Pope Gregory I

540 - 604

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Pope Gregory I (Latin: Gregorius I; c. 540 – 12 March 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, was the bishop of Rome from 3 September 590 to his death. He is known for instigating the first recorded large-scale mission from Rome, the Gregorian Mission, to convert the then-pagan Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity. Gregory is also well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Gregory I has received more than 1,796,173 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Pope Gregory I is the 39th most popular religious figure (up from 46th in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Italy (up from 55th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Gregory I is most famous for his conversion of the English people to Christianity.

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Among religious figures, Pope Gregory I ranks 39 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Pius XII, 14th Dalai Lama, Isaac, Saul, Ignatius of Loyola, and Anthony of Padua. After him are Joshua, Bartholomew the Apostle, Thomas the Apostle, Husayn ibn Ali, Romulus Augustulus, and Samuel.

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Among people born in 540, Pope Gregory I ranks 1After him are Pope Boniface III, Columbanus, Hormizd IV, Emperor Yōmei, Authari, Galswintha, Rosamund, and Creoda of Mercia. Among people deceased in 604, Pope Gregory I ranks 1After him are Emperor Wen of Sui, Augustine of Canterbury, and Æthelric of Deira.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Gregory I ranks 51 out of 4,088Before him are Mark Antony (-83), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Gioachino Rossini (1792), Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Maria Montessori (1870), and Vespasian (9). After him are Parmenides (-501), Luciano Pavarotti (1935), Umberto Eco (1932), Romulus Augustulus (460), Vitruvius (-75), and Benedict of Nursia (480).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Gregory I ranks 4Before him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Pope John Paul I (1912), and Pope Pius XII (1876). After him are Romulus Augustulus (460), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Clement VII (1478), Pope John XXIII (1881), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Julius II (1443), Pope Pius XI (1857), and Pope Pius IX (1792).