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Joseph Cardijn

1882 - 1967

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Joseph Leo Cardijn (Dutch: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈleː.oː kɑrˈdɛi̯n]; 13 November 1882 – 24 July 1967) was a Belgian Catholic cardinal and the founder of the movement of Young Christian Workers (Jeunesse ouvrière chrétienne, JOC).Cardijn was best known for his lifelong dedication to social activism and working towards the improvement of the working class; after his ordination, he made a particular focus of his life the effort to evangelize and bring the core messages of faith in the Gospel back to the working class, who he believed were neglected. He was not wrong in that assessment since old schoolmates working in the mines and mills believed the Church had abandoned them, which prompted Cardijn to found a social movement dedicated to this task despite the opposition that it faced.His movement received vocal praise and encouragement from Pope Pius XI. He demonstrated great zeal even after he had been imprisoned during World War II, which served to empower his positions on social change and to oppose rising inequalities. Cardijn was also an extensive traveller (visiting places such as Costa Rica and Australia) and was a recipient of several recognitions for his work in social activism. He served as a critical contributor to the Second Vatican Council, working closely with Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Cardijn has received more than 48,782 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Joseph Cardijn is the 1,458th most popular religious figure (down from 1,398th in 2019), the 311th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 310th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Belgian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Joseph Cardijn ranks 1,458 out of 2,238Before him are Modestus of Jerusalem, Dashrath Manjhi, Kōdō Sawaki, Kaundinya, Arp Schnitger, and Bashar ibn Burd. After him are Theophylact of Constantinople, Stephen Langton, John, Old Lord of Beirut, Gershom ben Judah, Jan Sarkander, and Giovanni Lajolo.

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Among people born in 1882, Joseph Cardijn ranks 111Before him are Max Decugis, Vilém Mathesius, Kâzım Karabekir, Walther Meissner, Otto Weddigen, and James F. Byrnes. After him are Karl Rapp, Shigenori Tōgō, Kamo, Emma Jung, Halil Kut, and Douglas Mawson. Among people deceased in 1967, Joseph Cardijn ranks 102Before him are Mir Osman Ali Khan, Franz Waxman, Pierre Jeanneret, Juliusz Rómmel, Oskar Fischinger, and George Lincoln Rockwell. After him are Gregory Goodwin Pincus, Isaac Deutscher, Ernst Niekisch, Richard Ruoff, Holland Smith, and Tudor Arghezi.

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Among people born in Belgium, Joseph Cardijn ranks 311 out of 1,019Before him are José van Dam (1940), Gothelo I, Duke of Lorraine (967), Johnny Galecki (1975), Jan Porcellis (1583), François-Joseph Fétis (1784), and Frans Hogenberg (1535). After him are Violetta Villas (1938), Hendrik Conscience (1812), Gillis van Coninxloo (1544), Marcel Broodthaers (1924), Philippe de Monte (1521), and Adriaen van Utrecht (1599).


Among religious figures born in Belgium, Joseph Cardijn ranks 15Before him are Adalard of Corbie (751), Désiré-Joseph Mercier (1851), Edward Schillebeeckx (1914), William of St-Thierry (1085), Leo Joseph Suenens (1904), and John Berchmans (1599). After him are Sigebert of Gembloux (1030), Chrodegang (715), Jozef De Kesel (1947), Jean-Baptiste Janssens (1889), Peter Jan Beckx (1795), and Abdelhamid Abaaoud (1987).