Benedict of Nursia

480 - 543

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Benedict of Nursia (Latin: Benedictus Nursiae; Italian: Benedetto da Norcia; c. 2 March 480 – c. 21 March 548 AD) is a Christian saint venerated in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Communion and Old Catholic Churches. He is a patron saint of Europe.Benedict founded twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Lazio, Italy (about 65 kilometres (40 mi) to the east of Rome), before moving to Monte Cassino in the mountains of southern Italy. The Order of Saint Benedict is of later origin and, moreover, not an "order" as commonly understood but merely a confederation of autonomous congregations.Benedict's main achievement, his "Rule of Saint Benedict", contains a set of rules for his monks to follow. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benedict of Nursia has received more than 1,843,254 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Benedict of Nursia is the 48th most popular religious figure (down from 45th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Italy (down from 53rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Benedict of Nursia is most famous for writing The Rule of Saint Benedict, which is a guide for living a Christian life.

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Among religious figures, Benedict of Nursia ranks 48 out of 2,272Before him are Thomas the Apostle, Husayn ibn Ali, Romulus Augustulus, Samuel, Pope Alexander VI, and Isaiah. After him are Pope Clement VII, Sarah, Pope John XXIII, Saint Valentine, Jerome, and Saint Stephen.

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Among people born in 480, Benedict of Nursia ranks 1After him are Boethius, Gelimer, Scholastica, Pope Felix IV, Theodahad, Damascius, Dignāga, Mark of Cornwall, and Eutocius of Ascalon. Among people deceased in 543, Benedict of Nursia ranks 1

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Among people born in Italy, Benedict of Nursia ranks 57 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Gregory I (540), Parmenides (-501), Luciano Pavarotti (1935), Umberto Eco (1932), Romulus Augustulus (460), and Vitruvius (-75). After him are Pope Clement VII (1478), Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Pope John XXIII (1881), Guglielmo Marconi (1874), Fibonacci (1170), and Livy (-59).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Benedict of Nursia ranks 6Before him are Francis of Assisi (1182), Pope John Paul I (1912), Pope Pius XII (1876), Pope Gregory I (540), and Romulus Augustulus (460). After him are Pope Clement VII (1478), Pope John XXIII (1881), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Julius II (1443), Pope Pius XI (1857), and Pope Pius IX (1792).