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Benedict most commonly refers to Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Order of Saint Benedict and thereby of Western Monasticism (Benedictine).

Benedict may also refer to:




  • Eggs Benedict, an American dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce
  • Benedictine (spread), a spread/dip made with cucumbers and cream cheese




  • Benedict of Aniane (747–821), Benedictine monk and monastic reformer, who left a large imprint on the religious practice of the Carolingian Empire
  • Benedict Biscop (628–690), Anglo-Saxon abbot and founder of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory (where he also founded the famous library) and was considered a saint after his death
  • Benedict the Bridge-Builder, also known as Bénézet
  • Benedict (bishop of Milan) (died 732), archbishop of Milan from c. 685 to c. 732
  • Benedict Joseph Labre (1748–1783), French mendicant, Franciscan tertiary and Roman Catholic saint
  • Benedict the Moor (1526–1589), also known as Benedict the Black
  • Benedict of Nursia (480–c. 540), Christian saint, honored by the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church as the patron saint of Europe and students
  • Benedict of Szkalka, born Stojislav in Nitra (Nyitra), Hungarian Kingdom, was a Benedictine monk and Roman Catholic saint


  • Pope Benedict I (died 579), head of the Catholic Church from 2 June 575 to his death in 579
  • Pope Benedict II (635–685), also a saint
  • Pope Benedict III (died 858), head of the Catholic Church from 29 September 855 to his death in 858
  • Pope Benedict IV (died 903), head of the Catholic Church from 1 February 900 to his death in 903
  • Pope Benedict V (died 965), head of the Catholic Church from 22 May to 23 June 964, in opposition to Pope Leo VIII
  • Pope Benedict VI (died 974), head of the Catholic Church from 19 January 973 to his death in 974
  • Pope Benedict VII (died 983), head of the Catholic Church from October 974 to his death in 983
  • Pope Benedict VIII (died 1024), head of the Catholic Church from 18 May 1012 to his death in 1024
  • Pope Benedict IX (c. 1010–1056), in Rome, was the head of the Catholic Church on three occasions between October 1032 and July 1048
  • Pope Benedict XI (1240–1304), head of the Catholic Church from 22 October 1303 to his death in 1304
  • Pope Benedict XII (c. 1280–1342), head of the Catholic Church from 20 December 1334 to his death in 1342. He was the third Avignon Pope
  • Pope Benedict XIII (1649–1730), later Friar Vincenzo Maria Orsini, O.P., was the head of the Catholic Church from 29 May 1724 to his death in 1730
  • Pope Benedict XIV (1675–1758), head of the Catholic Church from 17 August 1740 to his death in 1758
  • Pope Benedict XV (1854–1922), head of the Catholic Church from 3 September 1914 to his death in 1922
  • Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927), Roman Pontiff Emeritus


  • Antipope Benedict X (c. 1000–c. 1070), son of Guido (the youngest son of Alberic III, Count of Tusculum), a brother of the notorious Pope Benedict IX (deposed in 1048), a member of the dominant political dynasty in the region at that time
  • Antipope Benedict XIII (1328–1423), known as el Papa Luna in Spanish, was an Aragonese nobleman, who is officially considered by the Catholic Church to be an antipope
  • Antipope Benedict XIV, the name used by two closely related minor antipopes of the 15th century

See also[edit]

  • São Bento (disambiguation), Portuguese for Saint Benedict, several meanings
  • Benediction, a short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance, usually at the end of worship service
  • Order of Saint Benedict, a Roman Catholic religious order of independent monastic communities that observe the Rule of Saint Benedict