Charles de Foucauld

1858 - 1916

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Charles Eugène de Foucauld de Pontbriand, PFJ (15 September 1858 – 1 December 1916) was a French soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnographer, Catholic priest and hermit who lived among the Tuareg people in the Sahara in Algeria. He was assassinated in 1916. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles de Foucauld has received more than 470,909 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Charles de Foucauld is the 489th most popular religious figure (up from 521st in 2019), the 515th most popular biography from France (up from 588th in 2019) and the 28th most popular French Religious Figure.

Charles de Foucauld was a French Catholic priest who spent his life living as a hermit in the Sahara Desert. He is most famous for his writings on spirituality and solitude.

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Over the past year Charles de Foucauld has had the most page views in the with 109,219 views, followed by English (66,688), and Italian (52,072). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Romanian (205.11%), Alemannic (80.44%), and Esperanto (71.89%)


Among religious figures, Charles de Foucauld ranks 489 out of 3,187Before him are Aloysius Gonzaga, Laban, Pope Caius, Adalbert of Prague, Rabbi Akiva, and Denis. After him are Christina of Bolsena, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Hannah, Baal Shem Tov, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and Devadatta.

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Among people born in 1858, Charles de Foucauld ranks 15Before him are Georg Simmel, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Christiaan Eijkman. After him are Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Franz Boas, Marie Bashkirtseff, Kang Youwei, and Maria Christina of Austria. Among people deceased in 1916, Charles de Foucauld ranks 16Before him are Franz Marc, Odilon Redon, Umberto Boccioni, Richard Dedekind, Henry James, and Sholem Aleichem. After him are Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Otto of Bavaria, Natsume Sōseki, José Echegaray, Karl Schwarzschild, and Elisabeth of Wied.

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Among people born in France, Charles de Foucauld ranks 515 out of 6,770Before him are Arthur Honegger (1892), Hector Malot (1830), Carloman I (751), Gabriel Marcel (1889), Joseph de Maistre (1753), and Gaston Bachelard (1884). After him are Louis Aragon (1897), André Maurois (1885), Jacques Le Goff (1924), Gaspard II de Coligny (1519), Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662), and Childebert I (497).


Among religious figures born in France, Charles de Foucauld ranks 28Before him are Francis de Sales (1567), Jacques de Molay (1243), Pope Nicholas II (990), John Vianney (1786), Genevieve (423), and Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647). After him are Rashi (1040), Suger (1080), Peter the Hermit (1050), Luigi Lucheni (1873), Antipope Clement VII (1342), and Hugues de Payens (1074).