Francis of Assisi

1182 - 1226

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Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone; Italian: Francesco d'Assisi; Latin: Franciscus Assisiensis; 1181 or 1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, and mystic. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis of Assisi has received more than 6,811,697 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Francis of Assisi is the 15th most popular religious figure (up from 16th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Italy (down from 20th in 2019) 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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Among religious figures, Francis of Assisi ranks 15 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Francis, John the Baptist, Zoroaster, Pope John Paul II, Jacob, and Saint George. After him are Judas Iscariot, Elijah, Solomon, John Calvin, Aaron, and Ali.

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

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Francis of Assisi ranks 21 out of 4,088Before him are Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Cicero (-106), Commodus (161), Nero (37), Giordano Bruno (1548), and Caravaggio (1571). After him are Marcus Aurelius (121), Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), and Caligula (12).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Francis of Assisi ranks 1After him are Pope John Paul I (1912), Pope Pius XII (1876), Pope Gregory I (540), Romulus Augustulus (460), Benedict of Nursia (480), Pope Clement VII (1478), Pope John XXIII (1881), Saint Valentine (226), Pope Julius II (1443), Pope Pius XI (1857), and Pope Pius IX (1792).