The Most Famous

RELIGIOUS FIGURES from Peru

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This page contains a list of the greatest Peruvian Religious Figures. The pantheon dataset contains 2,272 Religious Figures, 5 of which were born in Peru. This makes Peru the birth place of the 47th most number of Religious Figures behind Tunisia and Nepal.

Top 5

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Peruvian Religious Figures of all time. This list of famous Peruvian Religious Figures is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Rose of Lima (1586 - 1617)

With an HPI of 74.68, Rose of Lima is the most famous Peruvian Religious Figure.  Her biography has been translated into 43 different languages on wikipedia.

Rose of Lima (born Isabel Flores de Oliva; 20 April 1586 – 24 August 1617) was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru, who became known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church, being the first person born in the Americas to be canonized as such.As a saint, Rose of Lima has been designated as a co-patroness of the Philippines along with Saint Pudentiana; both saints were moved to second-class patronage in September 1942 by Pope Pius XII, but Rose remains the primary patroness of Peru and of the local people of Latin America. Her image is featured on the highest denomination banknote of Peru.

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2. Martin de Porres (1579 - 1639)

With an HPI of 70.69, Martin de Porres is the 2nd most famous Peruvian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Martín de Porres Velázquez, O.P., (9 December 1579 – 3 November 1639) was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony. He was noted for his work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children's hospital. He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat. Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and an ability to communicate with animals.

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3. Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (1943 - )

With an HPI of 60.58, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne is the 3rd most famous Peruvian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne (born 28 December 1943) is a Peruvian prelate of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Lima from 1999 to 2019. He has been a bishop since 1988 and was made a cardinal in 2001.

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4. Pedro Barreto (1944 - )

With an HPI of 58.99, Pedro Barreto is the 4th most famous Peruvian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Pedro Ricardo Barreto Jimeno (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpe.ðɾo βaˈre.to]; born 12 February 1944) is a Peruvian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been Archbishop of Huancayo since 2004 and a cardinal since 2018.

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5. Juan Guevara (1882 - 1954)

With an HPI of 58.04, Juan Guevara is the 5th most famous Peruvian Religious Figure.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Juan Gualberto Guevara B.A. J.C.D. (12 July 1882 – 27 November 1954) was created on 18 February 1946 a Cardinal Priest by Pope Pius XII. He was Archbishop of Lima in the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first Cardinal of Peru.

Pantheon has 5 people classified as religious figures born between 1579 and 1944. Of these 5, 2 (40.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living religious figures include Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne and Pedro Barreto. The most famous deceased religious figures include Rose of Lima, Martin de Porres, and Juan Guevara.

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