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Marcel Lefebvre

1905 - 1991

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Marcel François Marie Joseph Lefebvre (French: [maʁsɛl fʁɑ̃swa maʁi ʒɔzɛf ləfɛvʁ]; 29 November 1905 – 25 March 1991) was a French Catholic archbishop who greatly influenced modern traditional Catholicism. In 1970, he founded the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), a community to train seminarians, in the village of Écône, Switzerland. In 1988, he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church for consecrating four bishops against the express prohibition of Pope John Paul II. Ordained a diocesan priest in 1929, he had joined the Holy Ghost Fathers for missionary work and was assigned to teach at a seminary in Gabon in 1932. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marcel Lefebvre has received more than 618,873 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Marcel Lefebvre is the 564th most popular religious figure (down from 545th in 2019), the 661st most popular biography from France (up from 663rd in 2019) and the 37th most popular French Religious Figure.

Marcel Lefebvre was a French archbishop who was suspended by Pope Paul VI in 1976. He was the founder of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist Catholic group.

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Among religious figures, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 564 out of 2,238Before him are Clotilde, John of Capistrano, Justin Martyr, Pope Victor II, Saint Walpurga, and Pope Boniface II. After him are Al-Suyuti, Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, Louis de Montfort, Junayd of Baghdad, Antipope Alexander V, and Pope Felix IV.

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Among people born in 1905, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 18Before him are Mikhail Sholokhov, Faustina Kowalska, Astrid of Sweden, Carl David Anderson, Vasily Grossman, and Felix Bloch. After him are Arthur Koestler, Artem Mikoyan, Raymond Aron, Raymond Cattell, Guillermo Stábile, and Emilio Segrè. Among people deceased in 1991, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 22Before him are John Bardeen, Soichiro Honda, Lazar Kaganovich, Frank Capra, Margot Fonteyn, and David Lean. After him are Michael Landon, Martha Graham, Rajiv Gandhi, Max Frisch, Ragnar Granit, and Oona O'Neill.

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Among people born in France, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 661 out of 6,011Before him are Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (1528), Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698), Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne (1611), Darius Milhaud (1892), Dom Pérignon (1639), and Louis Blériot (1872). After him are René Clair (1898), Salome Zourabichvili (1952), Louis de Montfort (1673), Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922), Jean Nicot (1530), and Joan II of Navarre (1311).


Among religious figures born in France, Marcel Lefebvre ranks 37Before him are Ansgar (801), Peter the Hermit (1050), Charles de Foucauld (1858), Pope Nicholas II (990), Peter Waldo (1140), and Clotilde (475). After him are Louis de Montfort (1673), Catherine Labouré (1806), Jean Meslier (1664), Pope Stephen IX (1020), Célestin Freinet (1896), and Victor of Aveyron (1793).