Pope Pius III

1439 - 1503

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Pope Pius III (9 May 1439 – 18 October 1503), born Francesco Todeschini, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 22 September 1503 to his death. At just twenty-six days, he had one of the shortest pontificates in papal history.Francesco was the nephew of Pope Pius II, who granted him the use of the family name "Piccolomini", and appointed the twenty-one-year old Francesco as Archbishop of Siena. He served as papal legate in a number of places. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius III has received more than 494,536 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Pope Pius III is the 100th most popular religious figure (down from 90th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Italy (down from 106th in 2019) and the 26th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pius III was most famous for being the pope who was pope for the shortest amount of time. He served as pope for only two months before he died.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius III ranks 100 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Boniface VIII, Hasan ibn Ali, Elisha, Methuselah, Pope Pius II, and Teresa of Ávila. After him are Pope Pius VII, Saint Dominic, Pope Clement V, Saint Lawrence, Esther, and Pope Gregory XVI.

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Among people born in 1439, Pope Pius III ranks 1After him are Cosimo Rosselli, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Joan of Portugal, and Sigismund, Duke of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1503, Pope Pius III ranks 2Before him is Pope Alexander VI. After him are Elizabeth of York, Sophia Palaiologina, Piero the Unfortunate, Margaret of York, Sten Sture the Elder, Peter II, Duke of Bourbon, George, Duke of Bavaria, Bona of Savoy, Pierre d'Aubusson, and Giovanni Pontano.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius III ranks 116 out of 4,088Before him are Saint Lucy (283), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Terence Hill (1939), and Pope Pius II (1405). After him are Gaius Marius (-157), Andrea del Verrocchio (1435), Pope Pius VII (1742), Fra Angelico (1400), Andrea Palladio (1508), and Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius III ranks 26Before him are Pope Benedict XV (1854), Pope Leo X (1475), Girolamo Savonarola (1452), Saint Lucy (283), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), and Pope Pius II (1405). After him are Pope Pius VII (1742), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), Pope Clement I (40), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Urban VII (1521), and Pope Pius V (1504).