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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 in 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 4,549,409 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 101 in 2019). Pope Paul VI is the 73rd most popular religious figure (up from 76th in 2019), the 87th most popular biography from Italy (up from 95th in 2019) and the 16th 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 73 out of 2,238Before him are Muhammad al-Bukhari, Pope Gregory XIII, Pope Urban II, Pope Julius II, Pope Gregory VII, and Pope Pius IX. After him are Ruhollah Khomeini, Pope Leo X, Girolamo Savonarola, Ezekiel, Mark the Evangelist, and Romulus Augustulus.

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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, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, Ludwig Erhard, Wilhelm Reich, and Paavo Nurmi. Among people deceased in 1978, Pope Paul VI ranks 2Before him is Pope John Paul I. After him are Golda Meir, Aram Khachaturian, Kurt Gödel, Aldo Moro, Jacques Brel, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Giorgio de Chirico, Adolf Dassler, Mohammed Daoud Khan, and Ramón Mercader.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul VI ranks 87 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Pius IX (1792), Titus (41), Michael Collins (1930), Antonio Salieri (1750), Giotto (1267), and Filippo Brunelleschi (1377). After him are Pope Leo X (1475), Bud Spencer (1929), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Brutus the Younger (-85), Tintoretto (1518), and Pope Pius X (1835).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul VI ranks 16Before him are Saint Valentine (226), Pope Sylvester I (300), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), Pope Julius II (1443), Pope Gregory VII (1020), and Pope Pius IX (1792). After him are Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Pope Paul III (1468), and Pope Leo XIII (1810).