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Pope John XXIII

1881 - 1963

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Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII; born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, Italian: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe 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 June 1963. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was one of thirteen children born to Marianna Mazzola and Giovanni Battista Roncalli in a family of sharecroppers who lived in Sotto il Monte, a village in the province of Bergamo, 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 2,960,010 page views. His biography is available in 107 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Pope John XXIII is the 41st most popular religious figure (up from 51st in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 60th in 2019) and the 4th 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 41 out of 2,238Before him are Husayn ibn Ali, Queen of Sheba, James, son of Zebedee, Samuel, Catherine of Alexandria, and Pope John Paul I. After him are Joshua, Judas Iscariot, Ignatius of Loyola, Saul, 14th Dalai Lama, and Mary Magdalene.

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Among people born in 1881, Pope John XXIII ranks 4Before him are Pablo Picasso, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and Alexander Fleming. After him are Stefan Zweig, Béla Bartók, Anna Pavlova, Kliment Voroshilov, Lu Xun, Enver Pasha, Hans Kelsen, 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, Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque, Aldous Huxley, Lee Harvey Oswald, Robert Schuman, Tristan Tzara, Ngo Dinh Diem, and C. S. Lewis.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope John XXIII ranks 43 out of 4,668Before him are Pontius Pilate (-12), Donatello (1386), Tiberius (-42), Saint Lucy (283), Maria Montessori (1870), and Pope John Paul I (1912). After him are Gioachino Rossini (1792), Lorenzo de' Medici (1449), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Mark Antony (-83), Ötzi (-3345), and Catherine de' Medici (1519).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope John XXIII ranks 4Before him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Lucy (283), and Pope John Paul I (1912). After him are Pope Gregory I (540), Pope Pius XII (1876), Pope Clement VII (1478), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Pius XI (1857), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Sylvester I (300), and Pope Gregory XIII (1502).