Pope Telesphorus

100 - 137

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Pope Telesphorus (Greek: Τελεσφόρος) was the bishop of Rome from c. 126 to his death c. 137, during the reigns of Roman Emperors Hadrian and Antoninus Pius. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Telesphorus has received more than 372,020 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Pope Telesphorus is the 553rd most popular religious figure (down from 458th in 2019), the 653rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 527th in 2019) and the 229th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Pope Telesphorus is most famous for being the first pope to be martyred for his faith.

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Among religious figures, Pope Telesphorus ranks 553 out of 3,187Before him are Antipope Clement VII, Zayd ibn Thabit, Meritaten, William Laud, Saint Timothy, and Truganini. After him are Josemaría Escrivá, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Pope John XIII, Ludmila of Bohemia, Paul the Deacon, and Pope Victor II.

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Among people born in 100, Pope Telesphorus ranks 11Before him are Dionysius the Areopagite, Thecla, James the Less, Longinus, Saint Sarah, and Pope Victor I. After him are Pope Hyginus, Justin Martyr, Lydia of Thyatira, Antipas of Pergamum, Ananias of Damascus, and Philemon. Among people deceased in 137, Pope Telesphorus ranks 1

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Pope Telesphorus ranks 653 out of 5,161Before him are Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685), Galeazzo Ciano (1903), Francesco Redi (1626), Giovanni Gabrieli (1557), Bernardo Provenzano (1933), and Desiderius (710). After him are Gabriele Amorth (1925), Giovanni Giustiniani (1418), Rudolph Valentino (1895), Aulus Gellius (123), Domenichino (1581), and Piero the Unfortunate (1472).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Pope Telesphorus ranks 229Before him are Pope Zephyrinus (150), Pope Miltiades (250), Pope Agapetus I (490), Pope Stephen VI (850), Pope Stephen II (715), and Pope Boniface II (470). After him are Pope John XIII (930), Paul the Deacon (720), Pope Donus (610), Pope Romanus (850), Francis of Paola (1416), and Camillus de Lellis (1550).