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Pope Leo XIII

1810 - 1903

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Pope Leo XIII (Italian: Leone XIII; born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci; 2 March 1810 – 20 July 1903) was the head of the Catholic Church from 20 February 1878 to his death in July 1903. Living until the age of 93, he was the second-oldest-serving pope, and the third-longest-lived pope in history, before Pope Benedict XVI as Pope emeritus, and had the fourth-longest reign of any, behind those of St. Peter, Pius IX (his immediate predecessor) and John Paul II. He is well known for his intellectualism and his attempts to define the position of the Catholic Church with regard to modern thinking. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Leo XIII has received more than 1,687,933 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Pope Leo XIII is the 88th most popular religious figure (down from 74th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Italy (down from 92nd in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Leo XIII is most famous for his 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, which was the first papal document to address the plight of the working class.

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Among religious figures, Pope Leo XIII ranks 88 out of 2,238Before him are Hasan ibn Ali, Philip the Apostle, Pope Benedict XV, Jude the Apostle, Saint Anne, and Pope Paul III. After him are Maimonides, Teresa of Ávila, Saint Lawrence, Methuselah, Elisha, and Pope Innocent III.

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Among people born in 1810, Pope Leo XIII ranks 3Before him are Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann. After him are Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, P. T. Barnum, Theodor Schwann, Alfred de Musset, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Éliphas Lévi, Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Alexandre Colonna-Walewski, and Princess Marianne of the Netherlands. Among people deceased in 1903, Pope Leo XIII ranks 3Before him are Paul Gauguin and Herbert Spencer. After him are Camille Pissarro, Theodor Mommsen, Alois Hitler, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Alexander I of Serbia, Josiah Willard Gibbs, Otto Weininger, and Hugo Wolf.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Leo XIII ranks 101 out of 4,668Before him are Domitian (51), Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (-600), Pliny the Elder (23), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Pope Paul III (1468), and Terence Hill (1939). After him are Masaccio (1401), Amedeo Avogadro (1776), Antoninus Pius (86), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Pope Innocent III (1160), and Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Leo XIII ranks 22Before him are Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Benedict XV (1854), and Pope Paul III (1468). After him are Pope Innocent III (1160), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Pius V (1504), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Urban VIII (1568), and Pope Clement I (40).