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Hans Urs von Balthasar

1905 - 1988

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Hans Urs von Balthasar (12 August 1905 – 26 June 1988) was a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest who is considered an important Catholic theologian of the 20th century. Pope John Paul II announced his choice of Balthasar to become a cardinal, but he died shortly before the consistory. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) said in his funeral oration for Balthasar that "he is right in what he teaches of the faith" and that he "points the way to the sources of living water".With Ratzinger and Henri de Lubac, he founded the theological journal Communio. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Urs von Balthasar has received more than 551,725 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Hans Urs von Balthasar is the 1,165th most popular writer (up from 1,228th in 2019), the 108th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 117th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Swiss Writer.

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Among writers, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 1,165 out of 5,755Before him are Alfred Kubin, Jean Giono, Odoric of Pordenone, Danielle Steel, Judah Leon Abravanel, and Claudius Aelianus. After him are Vladimir Korolenko, Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Sami Frashëri, Robert Jordan, Marilyn vos Savant, and Dylan Thomas.

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Among people born in 1905, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 53Before him are Erwin Chargaff, Lale Andersen, Emmanuel Mounier, Kurt Gerstein, Sada Abe, and Barnett Newman. After him are Joseph Cotten, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, Severo Ochoa, Sebastian Shaw, Piet Hein, and Heinz Lammerding. Among people deceased in 1988, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 31Before him are Tibor Sekelj, Paul Grice, Klaus Fuchs, Muzafer Sherif, Franz Josef Strauss, and Farida of Egypt. After him are Raj Kapoor, Hermann Graf, Richard S. Castellano, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Henryk Szeryng, and Valerie Solanas.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 108 out of 876Before him are Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778), Germain Henri Hess (1802), Ludwig Binswanger (1881), Gaspard Bauhin (1560), César Ritz (1850), and Albert Anker (1831). After him are Charles Bonnet (1720), Anna Göldi (1734), Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1867), Henri Guisan (1874), Judith of Habsburg (1271), and Jacques Dubochet (1942).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 11Before him are Karl Barth (1886), Robert Walser (1878), Max Frisch (1911), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Alejo Carpentier (1904), and Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741). After him are Gottfried Keller (1819), Blaise Cendrars (1887), Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908), Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878), Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779), and Alfonsina Storni (1892).