Pope Pelagius I

505 - 561

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Pope Pelagius I (died 4 March 561) was the bishop of Rome from 556 to his death. A former apocrisiarius to Constantinople, Pelagius I was elected pope as the candidate of Emperor Justinian I, a designation not well received in the Western Church. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pelagius I has received more than 122,459 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Pope Pelagius I is the 223rd most popular religious figure (up from 234th in 2019), the 262nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 278th in 2019) and the 98th most popular Religious Figure.

Pope Pelagius I was the pope from 579-590 AD. He is most famous for the Pelagian Controversy. The Pelagian Controversy was a theological dispute about the nature of humanity and the process of salvation. The controversy was between Pelagius and Saint Augustine of Hippo.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pelagius I ranks 223 out of 2,238Before him are Abdul Qadir Gilani, Pope Urban I, Cyprian, Pope Boniface IV, Charles Borromeo, and Pope Clement IV. After him are Pope John XV, Joachim, Pope Adeodatus I, Pope Joan, Pope Benedict XIII, and Pope John VIII.

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Among people born in 505, Pope Pelagius I ranks 2Before him is Belisarius. After him are Varāhamihira, Jacob Baradaeus, Germanus, and Hesychius of Miletus. Among people deceased in 561, Pope Pelagius I ranks 1After him is Chlothar I.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pelagius I ranks 262 out of 4,668Before him are Valentinian III (419), Man in the Iron Mask (1640), Pope Urban I (222), Pope Boniface IV (550), Charles Borromeo (1538), and Fra Angelico (1400). After him are Pope John XV (1000), Zita of Bourbon-Parma (1892), Pope Adeodatus I (570), Umberto II of Italy (1904), Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710), and Pope Benedict XIII (1649).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pelagius I ranks 98Before him are Pope Innocent IX (1519), Pope Lucius III (1110), Pope Benedict II (635), Pope Urban I (222), Pope Boniface IV (550), and Charles Borromeo (1538). After him are Pope John XV (1000), Pope Adeodatus I (570), Pope Benedict XIII (1649), Pope John VIII (820), Pope Eugene III (1080), and Pope Adrian I (700).