Pope Pius VIII

1761 - 1830

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Pope Pius VIII (20 November 1761 – 30 November 1830), born Francesco Saverio Maria Felice Castiglioni, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 31 March 1829 to his death in 1830. Pius VIII's pontificate was the shortest of the 19th century, and is likely the least remembered. His brief papacy witnessed the Catholic Emancipation in Great Britain in 1829, which he welcomed, and the July Revolution in France in 1830, which he reluctantly accepted. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius VIII has received more than 251,466 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Pius VIII is the 119th most popular religious figure (down from 100th in 2019), the 144th most popular biography from Italy (down from 118th in 2019) and the 37th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pius VIII is most famous for his 1864 bull, Quanta Cura, in which he condemned liberalism, socialism, and communism.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius VIII ranks 119 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Sylvester I, Albertus Magnus, Francis Xavier, Catherine of Siena, Pope Pius VI, and Job. After him are Saint Christopher, Agatha of Sicily, Hassan-i Sabbah, Pope John XXII, Pope Leo XII, and Anselm of Canterbury.

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Among people born in 1761, Pope Pius VIII ranks 1After him are Selim III, Marie Tussaud, Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Jan Potocki, William Carey, August von Kotzebue, Jean-Charles Pichegru, Antoine Barnave, Smithson Tennant, Philippe Buonarroti, and Louis-Léopold Boilly. Among people deceased in 1830, Pope Pius VIII ranks 4Before him are Simón Bolívar, Joseph Fourier, and George IV of the United Kingdom. After him are Adam Weishaupt, Benjamin Constant, Francis I of the Two Sicilies, Antonio José de Sucre, Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Carlota Joaquina of Spain, Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Thomas Lawrence.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius VIII ranks 144 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Sylvester I (300), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Leon Battista Alberti (1404), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), and Galba (-3). After him are Luigi Galvani (1737), Boethius (480), Paolo Veronese (1528), Agatha of Sicily (235), Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736), and Carlo Collodi (1826).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius VIII ranks 37Before him are Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), Clare of Assisi (1193), Pope Sylvester I (300), Catherine of Siena (1347), and Pope Pius VI (1717). After him are Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Leo XII (1760), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), Pope Gregory IX (1160), Pope Clement VIII (1536), and Pope Benedict XIV (1675).