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Pope Pius XII

1876 - 1958

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Pope Pius XII (Italian: Pio XII), born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (Italian pronunciation: [euˈdʒɛːnjo maˈriːa dʒuˈzɛppe dʒoˈvanni paˈtʃɛlli]; 2 March 1876 – 9 October 1958), was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 2 March 1939 until his death in October 1958. Before his election to the papacy, he served as secretary of the Department of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, papal nuncio to Germany, and Cardinal Secretary of State, in which capacity he worked to conclude treaties with European and Latin American nations, such as the Reichskonkordat with the German Reich.While the Vatican was officially neutral during World War II, the Reichskonkordat and his leadership of the Catholic Church during the war remain the subject of controversy—including allegations of public silence and inaction about the fate of the Jews. Pius employed diplomacy to aid the victims of the Nazis during the war and, through directing the church to provide discreet aid to Jews and others, saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius XII has received more than 3,615,440 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Pope Pius XII is the 50th most popular religious figure (down from 33rd in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 43rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pius XII was most famous for his efforts to help the Jews during World War II.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius XII ranks 50 out of 2,238Before him are Ignatius of Loyola, Saul, 14th Dalai Lama, Mary Magdalene, Pope Gregory I, and Job. After him are Bartholomew the Apostle, Jerome, Anthony the Great, Anthony of Padua, Pope Clement VII, and Luke the Evangelist.

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Among people born in 1876, Pope Pius XII ranks 1After him are Jack London, Konrad Adenauer, Mata Hari, Erich Raeder, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Wilhelm Pieck, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Zewditu, Constantin Brâncuși, Pablo Casals, and Manuel de Falla. Among people deceased in 1958, Pope Pius XII ranks 1After him are Imre Nagy, John B. Watson, Rosalind Franklin, Wolfgang Pauli, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Roger Martin du Gard, Clinton Davisson, Maurice de Vlaminck, Faisal II of Iraq, Kurt Alder, and Ernest Lawrence.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius XII ranks 52 out of 4,668Before him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Mark Antony (-83), Ötzi (-3345), Catherine de' Medici (1519), Pope Gregory I (540), and Zeno of Elea (-490). After him are Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Sophia Loren (1934), Empedocles (-490), Federico Fellini (1920), and Fibonacci (1170).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius XII ranks 6Before him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Saint Lucy (283), Pope John Paul I (1912), Pope John XXIII (1881), and Pope Gregory I (540). After him are Pope Clement VII (1478), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Pius XI (1857), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Sylvester I (300), and Pope Gregory XIII (1502).