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Charles de Foucauld

1858 - 1916

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Charles Eugène de Foucauld de Pontbriand, Viscount of Foucauld (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. His inspiration and writings led to the founding of the Little Brothers of Jesus among other religious congregations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles de Foucauld has received more than 395,255 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Charles de Foucauld is the 508th most popular religious figure (up from 579th in 2019), the 588th most popular biography from France (up from 700th in 2019) and the 33rd 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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Among religious figures, Charles de Foucauld ranks 508 out of 2,238Before him are Sabbas the Sanctified, Josemaría Escrivá, Father Damien, Ibn Hazm, Pope Victor I, and Abdullah ibn Umar. After him are Mary of Egypt, Pope Nicholas II, Pope John II, Annas, Saint Boniface, and Pope Stephen VII.

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Among people born in 1858, Charles de Foucauld ranks 14Before him are Georg Simmel, Gustaf V of Sweden, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, and Christiaan Eijkman. After him are Franz Boas, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Kang Youwei, and Maria Christina of Austria. Among people deceased in 1916, Charles de Foucauld ranks 18Before him are William Ramsay, Henry James, Sholem Aleichem, Richard Dedekind, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, and Otto of Bavaria. After him are Natsume Sōseki, Karl Schwarzschild, Enrique Granados, Elisabeth of Wied, Ivan Franko, and Charles Taze Russell.

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Among people born in France, Charles de Foucauld ranks 588 out of 6,011Before him are Jean-de-Dieu Soult (1769), Jacques Monod (1910), Robert Bresson (1901), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), Maurice Jarre (1924), and Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (1712). After him are Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France (1290), Thomas Bangalter (1), Pope Nicholas II (990), Louis I, Duke of Orléans (1372), Joan of France, Duchess of Berry (1464), and Francis, Duke of Guise (1519).


Among religious figures born in France, Charles de Foucauld ranks 33Before him are Luigi Lucheni (1873), John Vianney (1786), Rashi (1040), Antipope Clement VII (1342), Ansgar (801), and Peter the Hermit (1050). After him are Pope Nicholas II (990), Peter Waldo (1140), Clotilde (475), Marcel Lefebvre (1905), Louis de Montfort (1673), and Catherine Labouré (1806).