Pope Paul III

1468 - 1549

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Pope Paul III (Latin: Paulus III; Italian: Paolo III; 29 February 1468 – 10 November 1549), born Alessandro Farnese, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 13 October 1534 to his death, in November 1549. He came to the papal throne in an era following the sack of Rome in 1527 and rife with uncertainties in the Catholic Church as the Protestant Reformation progressed. His pontificate initiated the Catholic Reformation with the Council of Trent in 1545, and witnessed wars of religion in which Emperor Charles V launched military campaigns against the Protestants in Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Paul III has received more than 1,353,227 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Pope Paul III is the 98th most popular religious figure (down from 86th in 2019), the 109th most popular biography from Italy (down from 98th in 2019) and the 26th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Paul III was most famous for the Council of Trent, which was a Catholic Church council that met in the city of Trent, Italy, from 1545 to 1563.

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Among religious figures, Pope Paul III ranks 98 out of 3,187Before him are Salome, Bilal ibn Rabah, Pope Pius X, Francis Xavier, Ambrose, and Saint Lawrence. After him are Philip the Apostle, Teresa of Ávila, Jude the Apostle, Pope Innocent III, Catherine of Aragon, and Albertus Magnus.

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Among people born in 1468, Pope Paul III ranks 1After him are John, Elector of Saxony, Basil Fool for Christ, Charles I, Duke of Savoy, Juan de Zumárraga, Tomé Pires, Ibn Kemal, Cornelis Engebrechtsz., Juan del Encina, Johannes Werner, Francesco Donato, and Henry the Middle, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1549, Pope Paul III ranks 1After him are Marguerite de Navarre, Il Sodoma, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, Christine of Saxony, Giampietrino, Matsudaira Hirotada, Aelbrecht Bouts, Elia Levita, and Otto I, Duke of Brunswick-Harburg.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul III ranks 109 out of 5,161Before him are Tintoretto (1518), Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Pliny the Elder (23), Antoninus Pius (86), Pope Pius X (1835), and Amedeo Avogadro (1776). After him are Ferruccio Lamborghini (1916), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938), Pope Innocent III (1160), Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), and Numa Pompilius (-753).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul III ranks 26Before him are Pope Sixtus IV (1414), Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope Leo X (1475), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Gregory VII (1020), and Pope Pius X (1835). After him are Pope Innocent III (1160), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Pius II (1405), Pope Adrian II (792), and John Bosco (1815).