John of the Cross

1542 - 1591

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John of the Cross (Spanish: Juan de la Cruz; born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez; 24 June 1542 – 14 December 1591), venerated as Saint John of the Cross, was a Spanish Catholic priest, mystic, and a Carmelite friar of converso origin. He is a major figure of the Counter-Reformation in Spain, and he is one of the thirty-seven Doctors of the Church. John of the Cross is known gratefully for his writings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John of the Cross has received more than 1,126,605 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). John of the Cross is the 228th most popular religious figure (down from 221st in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Spain (down from 54th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

John of the Cross is most famous for his poetry, which was written in Spanish. His most famous work is "The Dark Night of the Soul."

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Among religious figures, John of the Cross ranks 228 out of 2,272Before him are Longinus, Pope Sixtus I, Maximilian Kolbe, Pope Alexander III, Pope Urban III, and Cyprian. After him are Saint Veronica, Pope Felix I, Ubba, Pope Benedict XIII, Amos, and Pope Dionysius.

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Among people born in 1542, John of the Cross ranks 4Before him are Mary, Queen of Scots, Akbar, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. After him are Hattori Hanzō, Robert Bellarmine, Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, Isabella de' Medici, Giovanni Leonardo Di Bona, Jan Zamoyski, Henriette of Cleves, and Mariam-uz-Zamani. Among people deceased in 1591, John of the Cross ranks 3Before him are Pope Gregory XIV and Pope Innocent IX. After him are Aloysius Gonzaga, Vincenzo Galilei, Veronica Franco, Sen no Rikyū, Dmitry of Uglich, Jacobus Gallus, Christian I, Elector of Saxony, Luis de León, and Vespasiano I Gonzaga.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, John of the Cross ranks 55 out of 2,595Before him are Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617), Ibn Arabi (1165), Quintilian (35), Tomás de Torquemada (1420), Pedro Almodóvar (1949), and Eugénie de Montijo (1826). After him are Ramon Llull (1232), Lope de Vega (1562), Abd al-Rahman III (889), Bartolomé de las Casas (1484), Michael Servetus (1509), and Santiago Bernabéu Yeste (1895).


Among religious figures born in Spain, John of the Cross ranks 10Before him are Teresa of Ávila (1515), Saint Dominic (1170), Saint Lawrence (225), Francis Xavier (1506), Pope Callixtus III (1379), and Tomás de Torquemada (1420). After him are Antipope Benedict XIII (1328), Vincent of Saragossa (300), Josemaría Escrivá (1902), Vincent Ferrer (1350), Ibn Hazm (994), and Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía (1510).