Pope Paul II

1417 - 1471

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Pope Paul II (Latin: Paulus II; 23 February 1417 – 26 July 1471), born Pietro Barbo, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 30 August 1464 to his death in 1471. When his maternal uncle Eugene IV became pope, Barbo switched from training to be a merchant to religious studies. His rise in the Church was relatively rapid. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Paul II has received more than 446,127 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Paul II is the 264th most popular religious figure (down from 227th in 2019), the 319th most popular biography from Italy (down from 270th in 2019) and the 116th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Paul II was most famous for his contributions to the Catholic Church. He was the first pope to visit a Jewish synagogue and the first to visit a mosque. He was also the first pope to travel to Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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Among religious figures, Pope Paul II ranks 264 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Anicetus, Judas Maccabeus, Saint Cecilia, Pope Damasus I, Pope Paul I, and Pope John X. After him are Brigham Young, Pope Benedict VIII, Pope Nicholas I, Antipope John XXIII, Saint Timothy, and Francis de Sales.

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Among people born in 1417, Pope Paul II ranks 1After him are Sejo of Joseon, Nicholas of Flüe, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Louis IX, Duke of Bavaria, and Sin Sukju. Among people deceased in 1471, Pope Paul II ranks 2Before him is Henry VI of England. After him are Thomas à Kempis, Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, George of Poděbrady, Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy, Thomas Malory, Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, Frederick II, Elector of Brandenburg, João Gonçalves Zarco, Emperor Go-Hanazono, and Borso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul II ranks 319 out of 4,088Before him are Dario Fo (1926), Antonio Canova (1757), Torquato Tasso (1544), Canaletto (1697), Pope Paul I (700), and Pope John X (860). After him are Carlo Goldoni (1707), Pope Benedict VIII (980), Pope Nicholas I (800), Archytas (-428), Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1519), and Antipope John XXIII (1370).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul II ranks 116Before him are Charles Borromeo (1538), Pope Liberius (310), Pope Adeodatus I (570), Saint Cecilia (200), Pope Paul I (700), and Pope John X (860). After him are Pope Benedict VIII (980), Pope Nicholas I (800), Antipope John XXIII (1370), Pope Pelagius II (520), Pope Gelasius I (410), and Pope Paschal II (1050).