John Vianney

1786 - 1859

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John Vianney (born Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney; 8 May 1786 – 4 August 1859), venerated as Saint John Vianney, was a French Catholic priest who is venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of parish priests. He is often referred to as the "Curé d'Ars" (i.e. the parish priest of Ars), internationally known for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish in Ars, France, because of the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Vianney has received more than 730,517 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. John Vianney is the 321st most popular religious figure (up from 371st in 2019), the 337th most popular biography from France (up from 408th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular French Religious Figure.

John Vianney is most famous for being the patron saint of parish priests. He was born in 1786 and died in 1859. He was ordained in 1815 and was the parish priest of Ars, France. John Vianney is most famous for his work as a parish priest, which included saying Mass, hearing confessions, and giving sermons.

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Among religious figures, John Vianney ranks 321 out of 2,272Before him are Penitent thief, Pope Gregory VI, Pope Honorius I, Pope Gelasius II, Pope Mark, and Pope Honorius II. After him are Pope Gregory IV, Pope Boniface IV, Gregory of Nyssa, Abu Hurairah, Zechariah, and Pope Benedict III.

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Among people born in 1786, John Vianney ranks 2Before him is Carl Maria von Weber. After him are Wilhelm Grimm, Christian VIII of Denmark, Ludwig I of Bavaria, François Arago, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Marie Walewska, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Sophie of France, John Franklin, and Davy Crockett. Among people deceased in 1859, John Vianney ranks 6Before him are Klemens von Metternich, Alexander von Humboldt, Alexis de Tocqueville, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, and Oscar I of Sweden. After him are Wilhelm Grimm, Washington Irving, Josip Jelačić, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Carl Ritter, and Louis Spohr.

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Among people born in France, John Vianney ranks 337 out of 5,234Before him are Charles, Count of Valois (1270), Claude of France (1499), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Louis, Duke of Burgundy (1682), and Léo Delibes (1836). After him are Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Mireille Mathieu (1946), Paul Ricœur (1913), Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès (1748), Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755), and Jean Buridan (1295).


Among religious figures born in France, John Vianney ranks 23Before him are Pope Callixtus II (1065), Pope Urban IV (1185), Pope Clement IV (1190), Pope Martin IV (1220), Vincent de Paul (1581), and Francis de Sales (1567). After him are Pope Innocent V (1225), Peter the Hermit (1050), Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647), Hugues de Payens (1074), Rashi (1040), and Genevieve (423).