Pope Pius XII

1876 - 1958

Pope Pius XII

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 to 1958 when he died. 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 Nazi Germany.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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pius XII has received more than 2,307,187 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 34th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pius XII ranks 36 out of 2,001Before him are John the Apostle, Anthony of Padua, Pope John XXIII, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Paul VI, and Pope John Paul I. After him are Jonah, 14th Dalai Lama, Ignatius of Loyola, Bartholomew the Apostle, Husayn ibn Ali, and Ruhollah Khomeini.

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Among people born in 1876, Pope Pius XII ranks 1After him are Mata Hari, Jack London, Konrad Adenauer, Erich Raeder, Constantin Brâncuși, Wilhelm Pieck, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Alexander I of Serbia, 13th Dalai Lama, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, and Manuel de Falla. Among people deceased in 1958, Pope Pius XII ranks 1After him are Imre Nagy, Wolfgang Pauli, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Rosalind Franklin, John B. Watson, Roger Martin du Gard, Clinton Davisson, Ernest Lawrence, Kurt Alder, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Milutin Milanković.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pius XII ranks 46 out of 3,282Before him are Pope John XXIII (1881), Florence Nightingale (1820), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope John Paul I (1912), and Guglielmo Marconi (1874). After him are Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598), Maria Montessori (1870), Fibonacci (1170), Vespasian (9), Umberto Eco (1932), and Pope Clement VII (1478).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pius XII ranks 5Before him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Pope John XXIII (1881), Pope Paul VI (1897), and Pope John Paul I (1912). After him are Pope Clement VII (1478), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Gregory I (540), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Gregory XIII (1502), Pope Pius XI (1857), and Pope Pius IX (1792).

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