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: [dʒoˈvanːi baˈtːista 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 1978. Succeeding John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council, which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements.Montini served in the Holy See's Secretariat of State from 1922 to 1954. While in the Secretariat of State, Montini and Domenico Tardini were considered to be the closest and most influential advisors of Pope Pius XII. In 1954, Pius named Montini Archbishop of Milan, the largest Italian diocese. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Paul VI has received more than 2,923,112 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). Pope Paul VI is the 76th most popular religious figure (down from 33rd in 2019), the 95th most popular biography from Italy (down from 43rd 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 76 out of 2,272Before him are Daniel, Huldrych Zwingli, John Chrysostom, Maimonides, Pope Leo XIII, and Martin of Tours. After him are Pope Innocent III, Margaret the Virgin, Jude the Apostle, Philip the Apostle, Ezekiel, and Pope Pius X.

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Among people born in 1897, Pope Paul VI ranks 2Before him is Joseph Goebbels. After him are William Faulkner, Amelia Earhart, Irène Joliot-Curie, Anthony Eden, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, Wilhelm Reich, Paavo Nurmi, Ludwig Erhard, and Subhas Chandra Bose. 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, Adolf Dassler, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Jacques Brel, Aldo Moro, Giorgio de Chirico, Ramón Mercader, and Margaret Mead.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Paul VI ranks 95 out of 4,088Before him are Empedocles (-490), Tintoretto (1518), Antonio Salieri (1750), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Silvio Berlusconi (1936), and Pliny the Elder (23). After him are Pope Innocent III (1160), Cato the Elder (-243), Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Paul III (1468), and Scipio Africanus (-235).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Paul VI ranks 16Before him are Pope Julius II (1443), Pope Pius XI (1857), Pope Pius IX (1792), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), Pope Gregory VII (1020), and Pope Leo XIII (1810). After him are Pope Innocent III (1160), Pope Pius X (1835), Pope Paul III (1468), Pope Benedict XV (1854), Pope Leo X (1475), and Girolamo Savonarola (1452).