Pope Pontian

200 - 235

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Pope Pontian (Latin: Pontianus; died October 235) was the bishop of Rome from 21 July 230 to 28 September 235. In 235, during the persecution of Christians in the reign of the Emperor Maximinus Thrax, Pontian was arrested and sent to the island of Sardinia. He resigned to make the election of a new pope possible. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Pontian has received more than 258,397 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Pope Pontian is the 396th most popular religious figure (up from 468th in 2019), the 471st most popular biography from Italy (up from 563rd in 2019) and the 182nd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Pontian is most famous for being the first pope to be martyred. He was martyred in Rome in the year 235.

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Among religious figures, Pope Pontian ranks 396 out of 2,272Before him are Pope John VII, Abu Dawood, Pope Sabinian, Ezra, Uwais al-Qarani, and Thomas à Kempis. After him are Gregory Palamas, Maya, Pope John III, Pope Boniface III, Pope Valentine, and Mahavira.

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Among people born in 200, Pope Pontian ranks 8Before him are Pope Lucius I, Pope Fabian, Cyprian, Pope Dionysius, Saint Cecilia, and Pope Cornelius. After him are Hua Tuo, Pope Stephen I, Celsus, Athenaeus, Marcus Claudius Tacitus, and Wei Yan. Among people deceased in 235, Pope Pontian ranks 3Before him are Severus Alexander and Cassius Dio. After him are Hippolytus of Rome, Claudius Aelianus, and Julia Avita Mamaea.

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Pontian ranks 471 out of 4,088Before him are Pope John XIV (1000), Pontormo (1494), Damocles (null), Renzo Piano (1937), Bohemond I of Antioch (1054), and Tinto Brass (1933). After him are Pope John III (520), Pope Boniface III (540), Pope Valentine (780), Pope Leo II (611), Giulietta Masina (1921), and Albano Carrisi (1943).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Pontian ranks 182Before him are Pope-elect Stephen (700), Pope Clement III (1130), Pope Marcellus I (255), Pope John IX (850), Pope Sergius IV (970), and Pope John XIV (1000). After him are Pope John III (520), Pope Boniface III (540), Pope Valentine (780), Pope Leo II (611), Pope Eugene II (780), and Pope Zephyrinus (150).