Josemaría Escrivá

1902 - 1975

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Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás, (9 January 1902 – 26 June 1975) was a Spanish Roman Catholic priest who founded Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness by God and that ordinary life can result in sanctity. He was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, who declared Josemaría should be "counted among the great witnesses of Christianity." Escrivá gained a doctorate in civil law at the Complutense University of Madrid and a doctorate in theology at the Lateran University in Rome. His principal work was the initiation, government and expansion of Opus Dei. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josemaría Escrivá has received more than 435,478 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Josemaría Escrivá is the 509th most popular religious figure (down from 457th in 2019), the 140th most popular biography from Spain (down from 128th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, more commonly known as "josemaría," was a Spanish priest and writer. He is most famous for founding the Opus Dei, a Catholic organization that has been accused of being a cult.

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Among religious figures, Josemaría Escrivá ranks 509 out of 2,272. Before him are Pope Celestine II, Louis de Montfort, Dominic Savio, Laban, Pope Alexander I of Alexandria, and Pontius Pilate's wife. After him are Victor of Aveyron, Anne Catherine Emmerich, Pope John XVIII, Abdullah ibn Masud, Saint Eustace, and Dorothea of Caesarea.

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Among people born in 1902, Josemaría Escrivá ranks 22Before him are Saud of Saudi Arabia, William Wyler, Eugene Wigner, Arne Jacobsen, Barbara McClintock, and Marcel Breuer. After him are Alfred Kastler, Harold Lasswell, Arne Tiselius, Kurt Alder, Meyer Lansky, and Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque. Among people deceased in 1975, Josemaría Escrivá ranks 19Before him are Arnold J. Toynbee, Josephine Baker, Gustav Ludwig Hertz, Jimmy Hoffa, Saint-John Perse, and George Paget Thomson. After him are Nikolai Bulganin, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Graham Hill, Antonín Novotný, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and Julian Huxley.

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Among people born in Spain, Josemaría Escrivá ranks 140 out of 2,595. Before him are Santiago Calatrava (1951), John II of Aragon (1398), Elizabeth of Portugal (1271), Martin of Aragon (1356), Paco de Lucía (1947), and Seneca the Elder (-54). After him are Ferdinand I of Aragon (1380), Alfonso V of Aragon (1396), Vincent Ferrer (1350), Almanzor (930), Inês de Castro (1325), and Buenaventura Durruti (1896).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Josemaría Escrivá ranks 13Before him are Francis Xavier (1506), Pope Callixtus III (1379), Tomás de Torquemada (1420), John of the Cross (1542), Antipope Benedict XIII (1328), and Vincent of Saragossa (300). After him are Vincent Ferrer (1350), Ibn Hazm (994), Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía (1510), Eulalia of Mérida (290), Joan Enric Vives Sicília (1949), and Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436).