540 - 615


Columbanus (Irish: Columbán, 540 – 21 November 615), also known as St. Columban, was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries from around 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil Abbey in present-day France and Bobbio Abbey in present-day Italy. He is remembered as a key figure in the Hiberno-Scottish mission, or Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe.In recent years, however, as Columbanus's deeds and legacy have come to be re-examined by historians, the traditional narrative of his career has been challenged and doubts have been raised regarding his actual involvement in missionary work and the extent to which he was driven by purely religious motives or also by a concern for playing an active part in politics and church politics in Francia.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 274,777 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 509th most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Columbanus ranks 510 out of 2,001Before him are Pope Victor II, Adalbert of Prague, Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Marcel Lefebvre, Abd al-Muttalib, and Louis de Montfort. After him are Charbel Makhlouf, Dorothea of Caesarea, Nichiren, Pope Felix IV, Pope Boniface II, and Victor of Aveyron.

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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, and Creoda of Mercia. Among people deceased in 615, Columbanus ranks 2Before him is Pope Boniface IV. After him is Antarah ibn Shaddad.

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Among people born in Ireland, Columbanus ranks 22 out of 366Before him are Anne Bonny (1702), Pierce Brosnan (1953), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Laurence Sterne (1713), Ernest Shackleton (1874), and Richard Harris (1930). After him are Michael Collins (1890), Katie McGrath (1983), Francis Beaufort (1774), Iris Murdoch (1919), Ernest Walton (1903), and Lola Montez (1821).


Among religious figures born in Ireland, Columbanus ranks 1After him are Columba (521), Brendan (484), Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Brigid of Kildare (451), Saint Kilian (640), Dymphna (700), Adomnán (624), Seán Brady (1939), and Geoffrey Keating (1569).

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