Francis of Assisi

1182 - 1226

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Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone (c. 1181 – 3 October 1226), known as Francis of Assisi, was an Italian mystic, poet and Catholic friar who founded the religious order of the Franciscans. He was inspired to lead a Christian life of poverty as a beggar and itinerant preacher. One of the most venerated figures in Christianity, Francis was canonized by Pope Gregory IX on 16 July 1228. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis of Assisi has received more than 9,082,489 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). Francis of Assisi is the 18th most popular religious figure (down from 17th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Italy and the most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Francis of Assisi is most famous for being a Franciscan monk who was devoted to poverty and humility. He is also the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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Over the past year Francis of Assisi has had the most page views in the with 1,282,967 views, followed by Spanish (697,379), and Italian (472,399). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Macedonian (445.64%), Esperanto (94.51%), and Ido (74.66%)


Among religious figures, Francis of Assisi ranks 18 out of 3,187Before him are John the Baptist, Saint Nicholas, Tutankhamun, Jacob, Aaron, and Pope John Paul II. After him are Saint George, Andrew the Apostle, Isaac, Elijah, John Calvin, and Ali.

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Among people born in 1182, Francis of Assisi ranks 1After him are Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Alexios I of Trebizond, Alexios IV Angelos, Accursius, Maria of Montpellier, Haakon III of Norway, Lutgardis, Minamoto no Yoriie, Eleanor, Fair Maid of Brittany, Sakya Pandita, and Peter of Vaux-de-Cernay. Among people deceased in 1226, Francis of Assisi ranks 1After him are Louis VIII of France, Az-Zahir, Waleran III, Duke of Limburg, Zu Jia, and Philip II, Marquis of Namur.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Francis of Assisi ranks 20 out of 5,161Before him are Commodus (161), Thomas Aquinas (1225), Benito Mussolini (1883), Cicero (-106), Giordano Bruno (1548), and Virgil (-70). After him are Nero (37), Caravaggio (1571), Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Ovid (-43), and Marcus Aurelius (121).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Francis of Assisi ranks 1After him are Pope John Paul I (1912), Pope Pius IX (1792), Pope John XXIII (1881), Pope Leo XIII (1810), Pope Clement VII (1478), Pope Gregory I (540), Saint Lucy (283), Pope Pius XII (1876), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Innocent VII (1339), and Pope Julius II (1443).