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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 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 2,636,026 page views. Her biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Bernadette Soubirous is the 148th most popular religious figure (down from 143rd in 2019), the 165th most popular biography from France (up from 171st in 2019) and the 7th 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 148 out of 2,238Before her are Pope Clement XIV, Catherine of Siena, Miriam, Pope Sixtus IV, Pope Clement XI, and Pope Pius IV. After her are Pope Gregory XII, Huldrych Zwingli, Saint Christopher, Pope Julius III, Pope Gregory XI, and Pope Paul IV.

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Among people born in 1844, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 9Before her are Sarah Bernhardt, Mehmed V, Anatole France, Paul Verlaine, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Ilya Repin. After her are Henri Rousseau, Ludwig Boltzmann, Peter I of Serbia, Umberto I of Italy, Alexandra of Denmark, and Friedrich Ratzel. 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, Thomas Couture, Albrecht von Roon, Julia Margaret Cameron, Maria Teresa of Savoy, and Charles De Coster.

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Among people born in France, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 165 out of 6,011Before her are Charles Baudelaire (1821), Francis II of France (1544), Jacques Cartier (1491), Catherine Deneuve (1943), Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122), and Charles the Bold (1433). After her are Henry II of England (1133), Louis Daguerre (1787), Pope Gregory XI (1370), Philip VI of France (1293), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), and Jeanne Calment (1875).


Among religious figures born in France, Bernadette Soubirous ranks 7Before her are John Calvin (1509), Pope Urban II (1042), Bernard of Clairvaux (1090), Pope Clement V (1264), Saint Sebastian (300), and Thérèse of Lisieux (1873). After her are Pope Gregory XI (1370), Pope John XXII (1244), Pope Urban V (1310), Jacques de Molay (1243), Pope Clement VI (1291), and Saint Roch (1295).