Francis Xavier

1506 - 1552

Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier (born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta; Latin Franciscus Xaverius; Basque: Frantzisko Xabierkoa; Spanish: Francisco Javier; Portuguese: Francisco Xavier; April 7, 1506 – December 3, 1552), venerated as Saint Francis Xavier, was a Spanish Catholic priest, missionary and saint from Navarre who was the co-founder of the Society of Jesus. Born in Javier (Xavier in Old Spanish and in Navarro-Aragonese), Kingdom of Navarre (in present-day Spain), he was a companion of Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first seven Jesuits who took vows of poverty and chastity at Montmartre, Paris, in 1534. He led an extensive mission into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time and was influential in evangelization work, most notably in India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Xavier has received more than 2,206,241 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 111th most popular religious figure.

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  • 68

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.68

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.82

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Francis Xavier ranks 114 out of 2,001Before him are Pope Clement I, Daniel, Esther, Pope Leo XII, Huldrych Zwingli, and Clare of Assisi. After him are Pope Pius V, Pope Paul V, Elisha, Pope Clement V, Pope Pius IV, and Pope Sylvester I.

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Among people born in 1506, Francis Xavier ranks 1After him are Louis II of Hungary, Hwang Jini, Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, Peter Faber, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, and George Buchanan. Among people deceased in 1552, Francis Xavier ranks 1After him are Katharina von Bora, Sebastian Münster, Paolo Giovio, Basil Fool for Christ, Olaus Petri, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, Petrus Apianus, Andreas Osiander, Antonio de Mendoza, and Guru Angad.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Francis Xavier ranks 28 out of 1,895Before him are Maimonides (1138), Joanna of Castile (1479), Saint Lawrence (225), Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452), Saint Dominic (1170), and Teresa of Ávila (1515). After him are Federico García Lorca (1898), Julio Iglesias (1943), Catherine of Aragon (1485), Philip IV of Spain (1605), El Cid (1045), and Philip III of Spain (1578).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Francis Xavier ranks 7Before him are Ignatius of Loyola (1491), Pope Alexander VI (1431), Maimonides (1138), Saint Lawrence (225), Saint Dominic (1170), and Teresa of Ávila (1515). After him are Pope Callixtus III (1379), Tomás de Torquemada (1420), John of the Cross (1542), Vincent Ferrer (1350), Vincent of Saragossa (300), and Josemaría Escrivá (1902).

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