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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 211,739 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Pope Stephen III is the 389th most popular religious figure (up from 440th in 2019), the 465th most popular biography from Italy (up from 538th in 2019) and the 181st 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 389 out of 2,238Before him are Clement of Ohrid, Talhah, James the Less, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pope Lando, and Joel. After him are Muhammad al-Baqir, Nehemiah, Denis, Pope Boniface III, Pope Conon, and Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia.

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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 465 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Benedict VII (910), Pope John XI (910), Pope John XVII (950), Anna Magnani (1908), Piero di Cosimo de' Medici (1416), and Pope Lando (900). After him are Denis (210), Gaius Gracchus (-154), Pope Boniface III (540), Elisabeth Farnese (1692), Andrea del Sarto (1486), and Pope Conon (630).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Stephen III ranks 181Before him are Pope Leo II (611), Pope Adrian III (800), Pope Benedict VII (910), Pope John XI (910), Pope John XVII (950), and Pope Lando (900). After him are Denis (210), Pope Boniface III (540), Pope Conon (630), Pope John XVIII (970), Pope Anastasius IV (1073), and Pope Lucius II (1100).