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Pope Pius VI

1717 - 1799

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Pope Pius VI (Italian: Pio VI; born Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi, 25 December 1717 – 29 August 1799) was head of the Roman Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 15 February 1775 to his death in August 1799.Pius VI condemned the French Revolution and the suppression of the Gallican Church that resulted from it. French troops commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the papal army and occupied the Papal States in 1796. In 1798, upon his refusal to renounce his temporal power, Pius was taken prisoner and transported to France. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius VI has received more than 626,045 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Pope Pius VI is the 134th most popular religious figure (down from 117th in 2019), the 154th most popular biography from Italy (down from 142nd in 2019) and the 45th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pius VI was most famous for being the pope who was imprisoned by Napoleon and died in captivity.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius VI ranks 134 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Alexander VIII, Pope Pius II, Clare of Assisi, Agnes of Rome, Pope Leo XII, and John Bosco. After him are Saint Blaise, Pope Leo XI, Pope Clement XII, Pope Benedict XIV, Pope Sixtus V, and Pope Martin V.

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Among people born in 1717, Pope Pius VI ranks 3Before him are Maria Theresa and Jean le Rond d'Alembert. After him are Mustafa III, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Johann Stamitz, Peter III of Portugal, Ernst Gideon von Laudon, Marie Anne de Mailly, Louis François, Prince of Conti, Horace Walpole, and Ebrahim Afshar. Among people deceased in 1799, Pope Pius VI ranks 3Before him are George Washington and Qianlong Emperor. After him are Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Pierre Beaumarchais, Tipu Sultan, Joseph Black, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Heshen, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, and Horace Bénédict de Saussure.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius VI ranks 154 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Pius II (1405), Clare of Assisi (1193), Agnes of Rome (291), Pope Leo XII (1760), John Bosco (1815), and Gaetano Donizetti (1797). After him are Gina Lollobrigida (1927), Tomaso Albinoni (1671), Marcello Mastroianni (1924), Pope Leo XI (1535), Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922), and Carlo Collodi (1826).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius VI ranks 45Before him are Pope Alexander VIII (1610), Pope Pius II (1405), Clare of Assisi (1193), Agnes of Rome (291), Pope Leo XII (1760), and John Bosco (1815). After him are Pope Leo XI (1535), Pope Clement XII (1652), Pope Benedict XIV (1675), Pope Sixtus V (1520), Pope Martin V (1369), and Pope Clement XIV (1705).