Pope John XXIII

1881 - 1963

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Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII; born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈandʒelo roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 until his death in 1963. Giuseppe Angelo Roncalli was one of thirteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained to the priesthood on 10 August 1904 and served in a number of posts, as nuncio in France and a delegate to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope John XXIII has received more than 2,583,452 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 102 in 2019). Pope John XXIII is the 51st most popular religious figure (down from 31st in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Italy (down from 40th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope John XXIII is most famous for his work in the Second Vatican Council.

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Among religious figures, Pope John XXIII ranks 51 out of 2,272Before him are Samuel, Pope Alexander VI, Isaiah, Benedict of Nursia, Pope Clement VII, and Sarah. After him are Saint Valentine, Jerome, Saint Stephen, Saint Anne, Pope Julius II, and Muhammad al-Bukhari.

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Among people born in 1881, Pope John XXIII ranks 5Before him are Pablo Picasso, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Alexander Fleming, and Stefan Zweig. After him are Béla Bartók, Lu Xun, Anna Pavlova, Kliment Voroshilov, Alexander Kerensky, Enver Pasha, and Ludwig von Mises. Among people deceased in 1963, Pope John XXIII ranks 3Before him are John F. Kennedy and Édith Piaf. After him are Robert Frost, Georges Braque, Jean Cocteau, Aldous Huxley, Lee Harvey Oswald, Robert Schuman, Tristan Tzara, C. S. Lewis, and Ngo Dinh Diem.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope John XXIII ranks 60 out of 4,088Before him are Umberto Eco (1932), Romulus Augustulus (460), Vitruvius (-75), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Clement VII (1478), and Evangelista Torricelli (1608). After him are Guglielmo Marconi (1874), Fibonacci (1170), Livy (-59), Saint Valentine (226), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), and Giotto (1267).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope John XXIII ranks 8Before him are Pope John Paul I (1912), Pope Pius XII (1876), Pope Gregory I (540), Romulus Augustulus (460), Benedict of Nursia (480), and Pope Clement VII (1478). After him are Saint Valentine (226), Pope Julius II (1443), Pope Pius XI (1857), Pope Pius IX (1792), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), and Pope Gregory VII (1020).