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 Roman Catholic theologian of the twentieth century. He was appointed a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, but died shortly before the consistory. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger said in his funeral oration for von 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 366,349 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Hans Urs von Balthasar is the 1,228th most popular writer (down from 1,170th in 2019), the 117th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 110th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Swiss Writer.

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Among writers, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 1,228 out of 5,794Before him are Alexander Afanasyev, August von Kotzebue, James Clavell, Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Ellen Key, and Roberto Bolaño. After him are Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, Sharafkhan Bidlisi, Odo of Cluny, Phrynichus, Philippe Soupault, and Jeffery Deaver.

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Among people born in 1905, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 51Before him are James J. Braddock, Barnett Newman, Sebastian Shaw, Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, Heinz Lammerding, and Wolfram Sievers. After him are Ivan Serov, Dolores del Río, Emmanuel Mounier, Daniil Kharms, Sada Abe, and Erika Mann. Among people deceased in 1988, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 36Before him are Valerie Solanas, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Franz Josef Strauss, Raj Kapoor, Henryk Szeryng, and Hermann Graf. After him are Christina Onassis, Farida of Egypt, Richard S. Castellano, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willem Drees, and Yevgeny Mravinsky.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 117 out of 749Before him are Simonetta Sommaruga (1960), Paul Guldin (1577), Jakob Steiner (1796), Jacob Sprenger (1435), Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779), and Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889). After him are Sigismond Thalberg (1812), Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908), Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878), Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702), Carla Del Ponte (1947), and Judith of Habsburg (1271).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Hans Urs von Balthasar ranks 14Before him are Alejo Carpentier (1904), Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Gottfried Keller (1819), Blaise Cendrars (1887), and Antoine-Henri Jomini (1779). After him are Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908), Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (1878), Alfonsina Storni (1892), Rodolphe Töpffer (1799), Notker the Stammerer (840), and Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825).