Pope Stephen III

720 - 772

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Pope Stephen III (Latin: Stephanus III; died 1 February 772) was the bishop of Rome and ruler of the Papal States from 7 August 768 to his death. Stephen was a Benedictine monk who worked in the Lateran Palace during the reign of Pope Zachary. In the midst of a tumultuous contest by rival factions to name a successor to Pope Paul I, Stephen was elected with the support of the Roman officials. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Stephen III has received more than 167,692 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. Pope Stephen III is the 441st most popular religious figure (up from 479th in 2019), the 538th most popular biography from Italy (down from 215th in 2019) and the 200th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Stephen III is most famous for being the first pope to excommunicate a king. In 754, Stephen III excommunicated the Frankish king Pepin the Short for being too close to the Lombards.

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Among religious figures, Pope Stephen III ranks 441 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Soter, Pope Constantine, Pope Victor I, Musa al-Kadhim, Simon Magus, and Jehoshaphat. After him are Pope John VI, Pope Marinus I, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf, Charbel Makhlouf, Parascheva of the Balkans, and Pope John XVII.

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Among people born in 720, Pope Stephen III ranks 1After him are Paul the Deacon, Bertrada of Laon, and Silo of Asturias. Among people deceased in 772, Pope Stephen III ranks 1

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Among people born in Italy, Pope Stephen III ranks 538 out of 4,088Before him are Charles III of Naples (1345), Pope Soter (120), Simonetta Vespucci (1453), Alberto Ascari (1918), Gaius Julius Caesar (-135), and Publius Cornelius Scipio (-260). After him are Antonio Pigafetta (1492), Pope Marinus I (830), Fra Bartolomeo (1472), Baldassare Castiglione (1478), Giuseppe Peano (1858), and Libius Severus (420).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Stephen III ranks 200Before him are Pope Stephen I (200), Alphonsus Liguori (1696), Pope John XI (910), Camillus de Lellis (1550), Pope Boniface VI (800), and Pope Soter (120). After him are Pope Marinus I (830), Pope John XVII (950), Pope Adrian III (800), Denis (210), Pope Miltiades (250), and Pope Anastasius III (890).