Top 20 Religious Leader celebrities in Italy
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Religious Leader celebrities [Updated November 30, 2022].
Aloysius Gonzaga was born
on March 9, 1568
Over three centuries after his death, Gonzaga was named the patron saint of young Christians.
John Bosco was born
on August 16, 1815
He developed a non-punitive educational philosophy known as the Salesian Preventive System.
Maria Goretti was born
on October 16, 1890
Her murderer, Alessandro Serenelli, spent several years in prison for the crime and later repented and pursued a monastic life. She was canonized by the church nearly five decades after her death.
Cesare Borgia was born
on September 13, 1475
He became the first person in history to resign from a cardinalcy in 1498 after his brother died.
Catherine Of Siena was born
on March 25, 1347
She worked during her life to increase the influence of the papacy in Rome.
Gianna Beretta Molla was born
on October 4, 1922
in Magenta, Italy.
She refused an abortion and a hysterectomy when she was pregnant despite knowing that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her death, which she did.
Gianfranco Ravasi was born
on October 18, 1942
He believes that Darwin's theory of evolution is compatible with the Church's teachings.
Frances Xavier Cabrini was born
on July 15, 1850
She was made the patron saint of immigrants in 1946.
Angelo Scola was born
on November 7, 1941
He was the Italian editor of the journal Communio in the 1970's.
Angelo Sodano was born
on November 23, 1927
He was Cardinal Secretary of State from 1990 to 2006 and was thus in charge of the political and diplomatic activities of the Holy See.
Pio Of Pietrelcina was born
on May 25, 1887
He was famous for bearing the stigmata, which he claimed he received from Jesus.
Pope Nicholas V was born
on November 13, 1397
He took the name Nicholas as an ode to Bishop Niccolo Albergati, who mentored him and sent him on a tour of Europe prior to his papacy.
Pope Pius IX was born
on May 13, 1792
He was the last pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States, which fell completely to Italian nationalist armies by 1870
Pope Paul VI was born
on September 26, 1897
He rejected the use of birth control in his encyclical Humanae Vitae.
Pope Pius VII was born
on August 14, 1742
Head of the Catholic Church from 1800 to his death in 1823 who spent much of his reign in conflict with Napoleon Bonaparte.
Pope Pius X was born
on June 2, 1835
He published the first Code of Canon Law, which collected the laws of the Church into one volume for the first time.
Pope Pius XII was born
on March 2, 1876
He employed diplomacy to aid victims of the Holocaust and directed his Church to provide discreet and often secretive aid to persecuted Jews.
Pope Leo XIII was born
on March 2, 1810
He served as Pope until he was 93, making him the oldest Pope ever.
Pope Benedict XV was born
on November 21, 1854
in Genoa, Italy.
In 1915 he secured an agreement with the two sides of World War I by which the warring parties promised not to let POWs work on Sundays and Holidays.
Pope John XXIII was born
on November 25, 1881
His frequent habit of sneaking out of the Vatican late at night to walk the streets of the city of Rome earned him the nickname "Johnny Walker."