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Pope John VIII

820 - 882

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Pope John VIII (Latin: Ioannes VIII; died 16 December 882) was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States from 14 December 872 to his death. He is often considered one of the ablest popes of the 9th century.John devoted much of his papacy attempting to halt and reverse the Muslim gains in southern Italy and their march northwards. When his efforts to obtain assistance from either the Franks or the Byzantines failed, John strengthened the defences of Rome. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope John VIII has received more than 282,722 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Pope John VIII is the 229th most popular religious figure (down from 200th in 2019), the 269th most popular biography from Italy (down from 242nd in 2019) and the 102nd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope John VIII is most famous for being the pope who had to deal with the aftermath of the Western Schism.

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Among religious figures, Pope John VIII ranks 229 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Pelagius I, Pope John XV, Joachim, Pope Adeodatus I, Pope Joan, and Pope Benedict XIII. After him are Saint Patrick, Pope Eugene III, Pope Adrian I, Pope Alexander I, Vincent de Paul, and Pope Fabian.

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Among people born in 820, Pope John VIII ranks 1After him are Rastislav of Moravia, Álmos, Ibn Khordadbeh, Ashot I of Armenia, Vímara Peres, Gisela, daughter of Louis the Pious, Presian I of Bulgaria, Anandavardhana, Ranulf I of Aquitaine, Adalbert I, Margrave of Tuscany, and Rhodri the Great. Among people deceased in 882, Pope John VIII ranks 1After him are Louis III of France, Louis the Younger, García Íñiguez of Pamplona, Hincmar, and Eudokia Ingerina.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope John VIII ranks 269 out of 4,668Before him are Pope John XV (1000), Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Pope Adeodatus I (570), Umberto II of Italy (1904), Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710), and Pope Benedict XIII (1649). After him are Cimabue (1240), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Pope Eugene III (1080), Pope Adrian I (700), Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810), and Pope Alexander I (100).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope John VIII ranks 102Before him are Pope Boniface IV (550), Charles Borromeo (1538), Pope Pelagius I (505), Pope John XV (1000), Pope Adeodatus I (570), and Pope Benedict XIII (1649). After him are Pope Eugene III (1080), Pope Adrian I (700), Pope Alexander I (100), Pope Fabian (200), Pope Adrian II (792), and Pope Nicholas I (800).