Angela Merici

1474 - 1540

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Angela Merici ( mə-REE-chee, Italian: [ˈandʒela (de) meˈriːtʃi]; 21 March 1474 – 27 January 1540) was an Italian Catholic religious educator who founded the Company of St. Ursula in 1535 in Brescia, in which women dedicated their lives to the service of the church through the education of girls. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Angela Merici has received more than 351,528 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Angela Merici is the 610th most popular religious figure (down from 536th in 2019), the 712th most popular biography from Italy (down from 631st in 2019) and the 240th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Angela Merici is most famous for founding the Ursuline order of nuns in 1535.

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Among religious figures, Angela Merici ranks 610 out of 3,187Before her are John Wesley, Seraphim of Sarov, Pope Stephen IX, Anne Catherine Emmerich, Josaphat Kuntsevych, and Huineng. After her are Giulia Farnese, Korah, Abu Dhar al-Ghifari, Isaac of Nineveh, Sa'id bin Zayd, and Alexius of Rome.

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Among people born in 1474, Angela Merici ranks 2Before her is Ludovico Ariosto. After her are Giulia Farnese, Giovanni Borgia, 2nd Duke of Gandia, Isabella d'Este, Tuman bay II, Juan Diego, Mariotto Albertinelli, Anacaona, Frederick of Saxony, Bernhard III, Margrave of Baden-Baden, and Perkin Warbeck. Among people deceased in 1540, Angela Merici ranks 4Before her are John Zápolya, Parmigianino, and Thomas Cromwell. After her are Rosso Fiorentino, Francesco Guicciardini, Juan Luis Vives, Tristão da Cunha, Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Guillaume Budé, Joos van Cleve, and Tomé Pires.

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Among people born in Italy, Angela Merici ranks 712 out of 5,161Before her are Pope Theodore II (840), Britannicus (41), Claudia Octavia (40), Quintus Sertorius (-126), John William Waterhouse (1849), and Cassiodorus (487). After her are Renata Tebaldi (1922), Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Ludovico Einaudi (1955), Giacomo della Porta (1533), and Mario Monti (1943).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Angela Merici ranks 240Before her are Francis of Paola (1416), Camillus de Lellis (1550), Joseph of Cupertino (1603), Pope Marcellinus (250), Pope Stephen V (850), and Pope Theodore II (840). After her are Giulia Farnese (1474), Alexius of Rome (400), Pope Eusebius (250), Pope Leo VI (914), Pope Vigilius (500), and Pope Felix IV (480).