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Angela Merici

1474 - 1540

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Angela Merici or Angela de Merici ( mə-REE-chee, Italian: [ˈandʒela (de) meˈriːtʃi]; 21 March 1474 – 27 January 1540) was an Italian religious educator who is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church. She 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 304,035 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Angela Merici is the 523rd most popular religious figure (up from 583rd in 2019), the 633rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 729th in 2019) and the 225th 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 523 out of 2,238Before her are Ja'far ibn Abi Talib, John Wesley, Pope Anastasius II, Dionysius Exiguus, Saint Giles, and Anas ibn Malik. After her are Adalbert of Prague, Rabbi Akiva, Pope Alexander I of Alexandria, Pope John XIII, Anna the Prophetess, and Christina of Bolsena.

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

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Among people born in Italy, Angela Merici ranks 633 out of 4,668Before her are Joanna I of Naples (1326), Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507), Charles Edward Stuart (1720), Charles Albert of Sardinia (1798), Bona Sforza (1494), and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (1860). After her are Ornella Muti (1955), Agostino Carracci (1557), Fausto Cercignani (1941), Pope John XIII (930), Desiderius (710), and Hiero II of Syracuse (-308).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Angela Merici ranks 225Before her are Pope Miltiades (250), Saint Eustace (10), Pope John II (470), Pope Stephen VII (850), Alphonsus Liguori (1696), and Pope Anastasius II (450). After her are Pope John XIII (930), Pope Sergius II (800), Pope Mark (290), Joseph of Cupertino (1603), Camillus de Lellis (1550), and Pope Donus (610).