Pope Paul VI

1897 - 1978

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Pope Paul VI (Latin: Paulus VI; Italian: Paolo VI; born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, Italian: [dʒoˈvanni batˈtista enˈriːko anˈtɔːnjo maˈriːa monˈtiːni]; 26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978) was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 21 June 1963 to his death on 6 August 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council, which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms. He fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Paul VI has received more than 4,994,185 page views. His biography is available in 107 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Pope Paul VI is the 84th most popular religious figure (down from 73rd in 2019), the 95th most popular biography from Italy (down from 86th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Paul VI was most famous for his encyclical Humanae Vitae, which dealt with the issue of birth control.

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Among religious figures, Pope Paul VI ranks 84 out of 3,187Before him are Pope Urban II, Pope Gregory XIII, Pope Sylvester I, Pope Benedict XV, Girolamo Savonarola, and Pope Sixtus IV. After him are Thomas the Apostle, Pope Leo X, Hagar, Ezekiel, Pope Pius III, and Pope Gregory VII.

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Among people born in 1897, Pope Paul VI ranks 3Before him are Joseph Goebbels, and Irène Joliot-Curie. After him are William Faulkner, Amelia Earhart, Anthony Eden, Subhas Chandra Bose, Ludwig Erhard, Ivan Konev, Paavo Nurmi, Wilhelm Reich, and Lucky Luciano. Among people deceased in 1978, Pope Paul VI ranks 3Before him are Pope John Paul I, and Golda Meir. After him are Aram Khachaturian, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Kurt Gödel, Aldo Moro, Jacques Brel, Giorgio de Chirico, Manne Siegbahn, Adolf Dassler, and Umberto Nobile.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul VI ranks 95 out of 5,161Before him are Sonia Gandhi (1946), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Livy (-59), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Pope Sixtus IV (1414), and Antonio Stradivari (1644). After him are Toto Cutugno (1943), Bud Spencer (1929), Pope Leo X (1475), Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Domitian (51), and Pope Pius III (1439).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul VI ranks 21Before him are Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), Pope Sylvester I (300), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), and Pope Sixtus IV (1414). After him are Pope Leo X (1475), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Gregory VII (1020), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Paul III (1468), and Pope Innocent III (1160).