Faustina Kowalska

1905 - 1938

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Maria Faustyna Kowalska (born Helena Kowalska; 25 August 1905 – 5 October 1938), also known as Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament and popularly spelled Faustina, was a Polish Roman Catholic nun and mystic. Her apparitions of Jesus Christ inspired the Roman Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy and earned her the title of "Secretary of Divine Mercy". Throughout her life, Kowalska reported having visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she noted in her diary, later published as The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Faustina Kowalska has received more than 1,189,711 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Faustina Kowalska is the 343rd most popular religious figure (up from 354th in 2019), the 56th most popular biography from Poland (up from 65th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Polish Religious Figure.

Faustina Kowalska was a Polish nun and mystic who claimed to have seen a vision of Jesus Christ. She was canonized by the Catholic Church in 2000.

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Among religious figures, Faustina Kowalska ranks 343 out of 2,272Before her are Pope Callixtus I, Pope Clement II, Pope Symmachus, Idris, Pope Adrian V, and Pope Eutychian. After her are Pope John XIX, Pope Sylvester III, Pope Vitalian, Pope Martin I, Pope Cornelius, and Pope Lando.

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Among people born in 1905, Faustina Kowalska ranks 12Before her are Christian Dior, Greta Garbo, Henry Fonda, Elias Canetti, Viktor Frankl, and Dag Hammarskjöld. After her are Astrid of Sweden, Mikhail Sholokhov, Carl David Anderson, Felix Bloch, Vasily Grossman, and Arthur Koestler. Among people deceased in 1938, Faustina Kowalska ranks 9Before her are Georges Méliès, Konstantin Stanislavski, Karel Čapek, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Nikolai Bukharin, and Béla Kun. After her are Kanō Jigorō, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Karl Kautsky, Robert Johnson, Thomas Wolfe, and Carl von Ossietzky.

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Among people born in Poland, Faustina Kowalska ranks 56 out of 1,231Before her are Casimir III the Great (1310), Gustav Fechner (1801), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Christian Wolff (1679), and Otto Stern (1888). After her are Andrzej Wajda (1926), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Norbert Elias (1897), Krzysztof Penderecki (1933), Władysław III of Poland (1424), and Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923).


Among religious figures born in Poland, Faustina Kowalska ranks 3Before her are Pope John Paul II (1920) and Maximilian Kolbe (1894). After her are Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906), Saint Casimir (1458), Angelus Silesius (1624), Itzhak Stern (1901), Stanislaus Kostka (1550), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Hyacinth of Poland (1185), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), and Stanisław Dziwisz (1939).