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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 following the Protestant Reformation. His pontificate initiated the Counter-Reformation with the Council of Trent in 1545, as well as the wars of religion with Emperor Charles V's 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 1,113,461 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Pope Paul III is the 87th most popular religious figure (down from 83rd in 2019), the 99th most popular biography from Italy (up from 100th in 2019) and the 21st 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 87 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Pius X, Hasan ibn Ali, Philip the Apostle, Pope Benedict XV, Jude the Apostle, and Saint Anne. After him are Pope Leo XIII, Maimonides, Teresa of Ávila, Saint Lawrence, Methuselah, and Elisha.

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Among people born in 1468, Pope Paul III ranks 1After him are John, Elector of Saxony, Charles I, Duke of Savoy, Basil Fool for Christ, Tomé Pires, Juan de Zumárraga, Juan del Encina, Francesco Donato, Cornelis Engebrechtsz., Catherine of Saxony, Archduchess of Austria, Ibn Kemal, 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, and Elia Levita.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul III ranks 99 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Pius X (1835), Enrico Fermi (1901), Domitian (51), Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (-600), Pliny the Elder (23), and Pope Benedict XV (1854). After him are Terence Hill (1939), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Masaccio (1401), Amedeo Avogadro (1776), Antoninus Pius (86), and Antonio Gramsci (1891).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul III ranks 21Before him are Pope Pius IX (1792), Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Pope Pius X (1835), and Pope Benedict XV (1854). After him are Pope Leo XIII (1810), Pope Innocent III (1160), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Pius V (1504), Pope Pius III (1439), and Pope Urban VIII (1568).