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Columbanus (Irish: Columbán; 543 – 23 November 615) was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries after 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil Abbey in present-day France and Bobbio Abbey in present-day Italy. Columbanus taught an Irish monastic rule and penitential practices for those repenting of sins, which emphasised private confession to a priest, followed by penances levied by the priest in reparation for the sins. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Columbanus has received more than 476,170 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Columbanus is the 626th most popular religious figure (down from 602nd in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 23rd in 2019) and the most popular Irish Religious Figure.

Columbanus is most famous for being the founder of monasticism in Europe. He was born in Ireland and studied in Wales before founding monasteries in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

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Among religious figures, Columbanus ranks 626 out of 2,238Before him are Hans Küng, Pope Leo V, Mahavatar Babaji, Eli, Victor of Aveyron, and Athenagoras I of Constantinople. After him are Holofernes, Norbert of Xanten, Margot Frank, Huineng, Peter Lombard, and Epiphanius of Salamis.

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Among people born in 540, Columbanus ranks 3Before him are Pope Gregory I and Pope Boniface III. After him are Hormizd IV, Emperor Yōmei, Authari, Galswintha, Rosamund, Creoda of Mercia, and John of Biclaro. Among people deceased in 615, Columbanus ranks 3Before him are Pope Boniface IV and Sumayyah bint Khabbat. After him are Abdullah ibn Muhammad and Antarah ibn Shaddad.

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Among people born in Ireland, Columbanus ranks 24 out of 501Before him are Anne Bonny (1702), W. B. Yeats (1865), Ernest Shackleton (1874), Laurence Sterne (1713), Enya (1961), and Michael Collins (1890). After him are Michael D. Higgins (1941), John Field (1782), Joseph Murphy (1898), Lola Montez (1821), George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), and Francis Beaufort (1774).


Among religious figures born in Ireland, Columbanus ranks 1After him are Brendan (484), Columba (521), Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Brigid of Kildare (451), Kevin Farrell (1947), Saint Kilian (640), Saint Fiacre (607), Dymphna (700), Kevin of Glendalough (498), Coloman of Stockerau (1000), and Catald (700).