Francis of Paola

1416 - 1507

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Francis of Paola, O.M., (or: Francesco di Paola or Francis the Fire Handler; 27 March 1416 – 2 April 1507) was an Italian mendicant friar and the founder of the Roman Catholic Order of Minims. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis of Paola has received more than 183,606 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Francis of Paola is the 541st most popular religious figure (down from 470th in 2019), the 665th most popular biography from Italy (down from 568th in 2019) and the 233rd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Francis of Paola was a Franciscan friar who founded the Order of Minims, a religious order of friars and nuns who live in poverty and follow the teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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Among religious figures, Francis of Paola ranks 541 out of 2,272Before him are Benkei, Zaynab bint Khuzayma, Olaus Magnus, Zaynab bint Ali, Saint Casimir, and Scholastica. After him are Seraphim of Sarov, Abbas ibn Ali, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Rabanus Maurus, Marcel Lefebvre, and Pope Romanus.

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Among people born in 1416, Francis of Paola ranks 3Before him are Christopher of Bavaria and Piero di Cosimo de' Medici. After him are Mara Branković, Benedetto Cotrugli, Qaitbay, and Margaret of Austria, Electress of Saxony. Among people deceased in 1507, Francis of Paola ranks 4Before him are Cesare Borgia, Martin Behaim, and Gentile Bellini. After him is Cosimo Rosselli.

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Among people born in Italy, Francis of Paola ranks 665 out of 4,088Before him are Gigliola Cinquetti (1947), Constans (320), Luca Giordano (1634), Giacomo della Porta (1533), Athalaric (516), and Scholastica (480). After him are Marie Adélaïde of Savoy (1685), Marozia (890), Amilcare Ponchielli (1834), Pupienus (170), Sejanus (-20), and Pescennius Niger (135).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Francis of Paola ranks 233Before him are Saint Eustace (10), Pope Sergius II (800), Pope Vigilius (500), Alexius of Rome (400), Pope Eusebius (250), and Scholastica (480). After him are Pope Romanus (850), Pope Severinus (600), Pope Boniface II (470), Paul the Deacon (720), Pope Felix IV (480), and Joseph of Cupertino (1603).