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Bernard Francis Law

1931 - 2017

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Bernard Francis Law (November 4, 1931 – December 20, 2017) was an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, known largely for covering up the serial rape of children by Catholic priests. He served as Archbishop of Boston, archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and Cardinal Priest of Santa Susanna, which was the American parish in Rome until 2017, when the American community was relocated to San Patrizio. Law was Archbishop of Boston from 1984 until his resignation on December 13, 2002, after his involvement in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal became public knowledge. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernard Francis Law has received more than 2,294,806 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Bernard Francis Law is the 1,445th most popular religious figure (up from 1,455th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Mexico (up from 120th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Mexican Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Bernard Francis Law ranks 1,445 out of 2,238Before him are Michael von Faulhaber, Catherine of Ricci, Angilbert, Dionigi Tettamanzi, Anatolius of Constantinople, and Hōnen. After him are Marcellin Champagnat, Meletius IV of Constantinople, Anthony of Kiev, Maurice Bavaud, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, and Colette of Corbie.

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Among people born in 1931, Bernard Francis Law ranks 150Before him are Robert Morris, Sven Tumba, Linda Nochlin, Viliam Schrojf, Neil Postman, and Umberto Lenzi. After him are Joseph Joffo, Arawa Kimura, Seyni Kountché, David Wilkerson, Shadia, and Shunsuke Kikuchi. Among people deceased in 2017, Bernard Francis Law ranks 146Before him are Richard F. Gordon Jr., Claude Rich, Linda Nochlin, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dionigi Tettamanzi, and Umberto Lenzi. After him are Frank Vincent, Étienne Tshisekedi, Bayezid Osman, Anne Golon, Quett Masire, and Robert James Waller.

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Among people born in Mexico, Bernard Francis Law ranks 104 out of 585Before him are Lupe Vélez (1908), Juan Gabriel (1950), Manuel Uribe (1965), Jorge Negrete (1910), Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (1581), and Armando Manzanero (1935). After him are Laura Esquivel (1950), Antonio Aguilar (1919), Rosario Castellanos (1925), Agustín Lara (1897), Emilio Portes Gil (1890), and Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada (1823).


Among religious figures born in Mexico, Bernard Francis Law ranks 4Before him are Juan Diego (1474), Julia Pastrana (1834), and Marcial Maciel (1920). After him are Tlacaelel (1397), Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo (1926), Norberto Rivera Carrera (1942), Miguel Pro (1891), Javier Lozano Barragán (1933), Juan Sandoval Íñiguez (1933), Chimalpahin (1579), and Adolfo Suárez Rivera (1927).