Famous Italian Priests

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Thomas Aquinas
(Italian Theologian & Philosopher)
Thomas Aquinas
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Birthdate: January 25, 1225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy
Died: March 7, 1274
Dominican friar and Catholic priest Thomas Aquinas was also a Doctor of the Church. He tried to mingle Aristotelian philosophy and Christianity. His works, including Summa Theologica and Disputed Questions on Truth, and his views on the Scriptures have been studied as prominent texts on theology, philosophy, and canon law.
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Girolamo Savonarola
(Italian Preacher, Reformer and Martyr)
Girolamo Savonarola
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Birthdate: September 21, 1452
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: May 23, 1498
Distingusihed for his clash against corrupt clergy and with tyrranical rulers, Girolamo Savonarola became a moral dictator of the city of Florence. He earned a reputation for austerity and detested every form of pleasure that earned him powerful enemies.
Pio of Pietrelcina
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Birthdate: May 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pietrelcina
Died: September 23, 1968

Born Francesco Forgione, Pio of Pietrelcina changed his name after joining the Capuchin order at age 15. He later became famous for exhibiting stigmata, marks on his body symbolizing the wounds of Jesus. He is revered as the patron saint of adolescents and civil defense volunteers.

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Benedict of Nursia
(Italian Christian Monk, Writer, Theologian and Founder of Western Christian Monasticism)
Benedict of Nursia
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Birthdate: March 3, 0480
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norcia, Italy
Died: March 21, 0547
The only valid mention of Saint Benedict is found in the Dialogues of St. Gregory I. Of the many legends about him is the one in which he rolled himself against bushes to inflict wounds, just to escape the Devil who showed the image of a beautiful woman to him.
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Ambrose
(Ancient Bishop of Milan Who Also Contributed to Music and Literature)
Ambrose
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Birthdate: 0339 AD
Birthplace: Trier, Germany
Died: April 4, 0397

A 4th-century bishop of Milan, Aurelius Ambrosius was a strong supporter of the Latin church and a vocal opponent of Arianism and paganism. He also converted St. Augustine of Hippo. He is also remembered as an important literary figure and also composed several hymns.

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Anselm of Canterbury
(Benedictine Monk, Philosopher and Archbishop of Canterbury (1093 - 1109))
Anselm of Canterbury
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Birthdate: 1033 AD
Birthplace: Aosta, Italy
Died: April 21, 1109

Owing to his quality classical education, Anselm of Canterbury became one of the finest Latinists of his time. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he resisted the English kings and was exiled. He is now remembered as a significant figure in the Investiture Controversy, which pitted the king against the pope.

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Pope Paul III
(Head of the Catholic Church (1534 - 1549))
Pope Paul III
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Birthdate: February 29, 1468
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Canino, Italy
Died: November 10, 1549

Alessandro Farnese, who later came to be known as Pope Paul III, was the last Renaissance pope and the first pope who belonged to the Counter-Reformation era. A patron of the arts, he commissioned legendary painter Michelangelo to paint frescoes in the Pauline Chapel of the Vatican.

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Pope Boniface VIII
(Head of the Roman Catholic Church (1294 - 1303))
Pope Boniface VIII
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Birthdate: 1230 AD
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy
Died: October 11, 1303

A 16th-century Italian Catholic bishop, Pope Boniface VIII initially held important positions in the papal government. He collated canon law in the Liber Sextus and also brought about peace between France and Aragon. Though he died of natural causes, an alternate theory states his enemies probably had a role in his death.

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John Bosco
(Italian Catholic Priest Known for Educating the Poor and Founded the Education System 'Salesian Preventive System')
John Bosco
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Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: January 31, 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

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Pope Gregory XIII
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Birthdate: January 7, 1502
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 10, 1585
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Pope Formosus
(Bishop of Rome)
Pope Formosus
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Birthdate: 0816 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: April 4, 0896
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Matteo Ricci
(Italian Priest, Missionary and One of the Founding Figures of Jesuit China Missions)
Matteo Ricci
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Birthdate: October 6, 1552
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy
Died: May 11, 1610

Matteo Ricci was an Italian priest best remembered as one of the founding members of the Jesuit China missions. Renowned for his missionary work in China, Ricci became the first European to set foot on the Forbidden City of Beijing. He is credited with converting important Chinese officials to Catholicism. The Catholic Church considers him a Servant of God.

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Charles Borromeo
(Italian Cardinal and Archbishop - A Major Figure of the Counter-Reformation)
Charles Borromeo
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Birthdate: October 2, 1538
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arona, Italy
Died: November 3, 1584

A cardinal of the Catholic Church of Italy and the archbishop of Milan, Charles Borromeo was a major figure of the Italian Counter-Reformation. He gained a lot of respect with his charitable work during the plague of 1576–78. He is revered as the patron saint of cardinals, bishops, and spiritual leaders.

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Pope Linus
(Bishop of Rome from 67 AD to 76 AD)
Pope Linus
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Birthdate: 0010 AD
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: 0076 AD

Pope Linus served as the bishop of Rome from 67 AD until his death in 76 AD. Pope Linus finds a mention in the New Testament along with other popes like Saint Peter and Clement of Rome. Canada's Saint-Lin–Laurentides is named in his honor.

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Pope Benedict IX
(Only Bishop of Rome Who Served as Pope More than Once and Sold the Papacy.)
Pope Benedict IX
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Birthdate: 1012 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1056 AD
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Pope Innocent VIII
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Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: July 25, 1492
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Pope Pius VI
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Birthdate: December 25, 1717
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 29, 1799
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Gregory of Nazianzus
(Theologian and the Most Accomplished Rhetorical Stylist of the Patristic Age)
Gregory of Nazianzus
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Birthdate: 0329 AD
Birthplace: Nazianzus, Cappadocia, Turkey
Died: January 24, 0390

Gregory of Nazianzus was a theologian and Archbishop of Constantinople. He is widely regarded as the most renowned and talented rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. Much of Gregory of Nazianzus' theological work continues to have a significant impact on modern theologians. 

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Pope Pius VII
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Birthdate: August 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 20, 1823
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Pope Leo III
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Birthdate: 0750 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: June 12, 0816
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Pope Sixtus V
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Birthdate: December 13, 1521
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grottammare, Italy
Died: August 27, 1590
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Pope Victor I
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Birthplace: Africa Proconsularis, Tunisia
Died: 0199 AD
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Robert Bellarmine
(Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Robert Bellarmine
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Birthdate: October 4, 1542
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montepulciano, Italy
Died: September 17, 1621

Robert Bellarmine was an Italian Jesuit and cardinal of the Catholic Church. One of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation, he has been named a Doctor of the Church. He has also been canonized as a saint. He was a  professor of theology at the Roman College and later became its rector. He became Archbishop of Capua in 1602. 

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Pope Martin V
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Birthdate: January 26, 1369
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genazzano, Italy
Died: February 20, 1431
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Pope Innocent X
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Birthdate: May 6, 1574
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 7, 1655
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Pope Paul IV
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Birthdate: June 28, 1476
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Capriglia Irpina, Italy
Died: August 18, 1559
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Pope Anacletus
(Bishop of Rome)
Pope Anacletus
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Birthdate: 0025 AD
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: April 26, 0092

Pope Anacletus, or Cletus, was once the bishop of Rome and later set up 25 Roman parishes as the pope. He was said to have been martyred during Domitian’s rule. He finds mention in Dante’s Divine Comedy and has been named to the Roman Canon of the Mass.

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Pope Nicholas V
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Birthdate: November 13, 1397
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sarzana, Italy
Died: March 24, 1455
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Pope Gregory IX
(Head of the Catholic Church from 1227 to 1241)
Pope Gregory IX
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Birthdate: 1145 AD
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy
Died: August 22, 1241

Pope Gregory IX served as the Bishop of Rome and chief of the Roman Catholic Church and therefore the ruler of the Papal States from 1227 until his death in 1241. Pope Gregory IX is best remembered for instituting the Papal Inquisition and issuing the Decretales.

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Pope Stephen VI
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Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: July 31, 0897
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Gerard Majella
(Italian Saint)
Gerard Majella
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Birthdate: April 9, 1726
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Muro Lucano, Italy
Died: October 16, 1755

Gerard Majella was an Italian lay brother who is honored by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint. His intercession is sought for unborn children, children, mothers, women in childbirth, expectant mothers, and motherhood. Many churches in New Zealand, England, and Sri Lanka are dedicated to him.

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Cardinal Mazarin
(Italian Cardinal and Chief Minister of France under Louis XIII and Louis XIV)
Cardinal Mazarin
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Birthdate: July 14, 1602
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pescina, Italy
Died: March 9, 1661
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Pope Alexander III
(Head of the Roman Catholic Church from 1159 to 1181)
Pope Alexander III
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Birthdate: 1105 AD
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: August 30, 1181

Pope Alexander III served as the chief of the Roman Catholic Church and therefore the ruler of the Papal States from 1159 until his death in 1181. A native of Siena, Alexander was chosen as the pope after a contested election.

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Erasmus of Formia
(Christian Saint & Martyr)
Erasmus of Formia
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Birthplace: Antakya, Turkey
Died: 0303 AD

Erasmus of Formia was a Christian saint who is venerated as the patron saint of abdominal pain and sailors in Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Erasmus of Formia is counted among the 14 Holy Helpers or saintly figures.

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Pope Pius IV
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Birthdate: March 31, 1499
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: December 9, 1565
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Pope Sergius III
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Birthdate: 0860 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: April 14, 0911
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Pope Innocent IV
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Birthdate: 1195 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: December 7, 1254
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Carlo Maria Viganò
(Italian Catholic Archbishop Who Accused Pope Francis for Covering Up a Sex Scandal)
Carlo Maria Viganò
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Birthdate: January 16, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Varese, Italy

An Italian-born archbishop of the Catholic church, Carlo Maria Viganò has also previously been the Apostolic Nuncio to the US. He made headlines because of a 2018 letter in which he called for Pope Francis’s resignation for covering up a sexual abuse scandal. He also faced criticism for his conspiracy theories about COVID-19.

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Pope Innocent XI
(Head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 21 September 1676 to his death on August 12, 1689)
Pope Innocent XI
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Birthdate: May 16, 1611
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Como, Italy
Died: August 12, 1689
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Pope Benedict XV
(Head of the Catholic Church (1914 -1922) Known for His Efforts to Establish Peace During ‘First World War’)
Pope Benedict XV
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Birthdate: November 21, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pegli, Italy
Died: January 22, 1922
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Lazzaro Spallanzani
(Italian Physiologist and Biologist Who Made Significant Contributions to the Study of Animal Reproduction and Bodily Functions)
Lazzaro Spallanzani
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Birthdate: January 12, 1729
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scandiano, Italy
Died: February 11, 1799

Lazzaro Spallanzani was an Italian physiologist, biologist, and Catholic priest. He is best remembered for making significant contributions to the study of animal reproduction, bodily functions, and animal echolocation. Lazzaro Spallanzani's research on biogenesis was the first step towards debunking the theory of spontaneous generation.

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Pope Paul V
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Birthdate: September 17, 1550
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 28, 1621
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Pope Gregory X
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Birthdate: 1210 AD
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Died: January 10, 1276
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Saint Cajetan
(Catholic priest and religious reformer, co-founder of the Theatines)
Saint Cajetan
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Birthdate: October 1, 1480
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
Died: August 7, 1547

Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene, better known as Saint Cajetan, was a Italian priest who co-established the Theatine order, thus becoming a significant figure of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also created what later became the Bank of Naples. He is the patron saint of Argentina, bankers, gamblers, and unemployed people.

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Pope Alexander I
(2nd-Century Bishop of Rome Who Was Probably Martyred)
Pope Alexander I
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Birthdate: 0075 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: May 3, 0115

Pope Alexander I was a 2nd-century bishop of Rome. Some believe he introduced the custom of the holy water and of mixing sacramental wine with water. Some also believe he may have been martyred during the reign of Trajan or Hadrian. He is believed to have had a vision of baby Jesus.

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Pope Leo XI
(Head of the Roman Catholic Church (April 1605))
Pope Leo XI
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Birthdate: June 2, 1535
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence
Died: April 27, 1605

Pope Leo XI served as the chief of the Roman Catholic Church and therefore the ruler of the Papal States from 1 April 1605 until his death on 27 April 1605. Having lasted under a month, Pope Leo XI's papacy is one of the briefest of all time.

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Carlo de' Medici
(Italian Senior Clergyman and Papal Tax Collector in Tuscany)
Carlo de' Medici
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Birthdate: 1428 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: May 29, 1492

Carlo de' Medici was an Italian priest who served as a senior clergyman and Papal tax collector in Tuscany. Carlo de' Medici was portrayed by British actor Ray Fearon in the fantasy drama series Da Vinci's Demons. He was also played by Callum Blake in the second season of Medici.

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Pope Pius I
(2nd-Century Bishop of Rome Considered a Saint by the Catholic Church)
Pope Pius I
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Birthplace: Aquileia, Italy
Died: 0154 AD

While some historians believe that Pope Pius I was initially a slave, others believe he was a man of low ranks. He is known to have battled both Gnosticism and Valentinianism as a pope. Though some believe he was martyred, the claims remain unsubstantiated. His feast day is July 11.

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Pope Paul II
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Birthdate: February 23, 1417
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 26, 1471
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Pope Telesphorus
(Bishop of Rome (126 - 137))
Pope Telesphorus
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Birthdate: January 3, 0067
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terranova da Sibari, Italy
Died: 0137 AD

Pope Telesphorus served as the bishop of Rome from 126 until his death in 137. He is venerated as a patron saint of the order by the Carmelites. Some sources even portray him as a hermit living on Mount Carmel. Saint-Télesphore, a town in Canada's Quebec province, is named after Pope Telesphorus.