Bernadette Soubirous

1844 - 1879

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Bernadette Soubirous (; French: [bɛʁnadɛt subiʁu]; Occitan: Bernadeta Sobirós [beɾnaˈðetɔ suβiˈɾus]; 7 January 1844 – 16 April 1879), also known as Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, was the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes (Lorda in Occitan), in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées in France, and is best known for experiencing Marian apparitions of a "young lady" who asked for a chapel to be built at the nearby cave-grotto at Massabielle. These apparitions are said to have occurred between 11 February and 16 July 1858, and the woman who appeared to her identified herself as the "Immaculate Conception." After a canonical investigation, Soubirous's reports were eventually declared "worthy of belief" on 18 February, 1862, and the Marian apparition became known as Our Lady of Lourdes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernadette Soubirous has received more than 2,177,422 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Bernadette Soubirous is the 143rd most popular religious figure (up from 162nd in 2019), the 171st most popular biography from France (down from 165th in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Religious Figure.

Bernadette Soubirous is most famous for having visions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.

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Among religious figures, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 143 out of 2,272Before her are Pope Gregory XI, Pope Innocent X, Pope Formosus, Pope Pius IV, Pope Gregory XV, and Zechariah. After her are Pope Clement VI, Pope Paul IV, Pope Martin V, Jeremiah, Pope Nicholas V, and Rita of Cascia.

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Among people born in 1844, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 8Before her are Karl Benz, Sarah Bernhardt, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Paul Verlaine, Anatole France, and Mehmed V. After her are Henri Rousseau, Ilya Repin, Ludwig Boltzmann, Alexandra of Denmark, Umberto I of Italy, and Peter I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1879, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 2Before her is James Clerk Maxwell. After her are Honoré Daumier, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Adolf Anderssen, Gottfried Semper, Albrecht von Roon, Thomas Couture, Julia Margaret Cameron, Maria Teresa of Savoy, and Jón Sigurðsson.

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Among people born in France, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 171 out of 5,234Before her are Théodore Géricault (1791), Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754), Georges Seurat (1859), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684), and Joachim Murat (1767). After her are Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Pope Clement VI (1291), André Breton (1896), Philip VI of France (1293), Louis Bonaparte (1778), and Louis X of France (1289).


Among religious figures born in France, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 8Before her are Pope Urban II (1042), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), Pope Clement V (1264), Saint Sebastian (300), Pope John XXII (1244), and Pope Gregory XI (1370). After her are Pope Clement VI (1291), Pope Urban V (1310), Pope Urban VI (1318), Thérèse of Lisieux (1873), Pope Benedict XII (1280), and Saint Roch (1295).