Peter Claver

1581 - 1654

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Peter Claver, (Spanish: Pedro Claver y Corberó, Catalan: Pere Claver i Corberó) (26 June 1580 – 8 September 1654) was a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary born in Verdú (Catalonia, Spain) who, due to his life and work, became the patron saint of slaves, the Republic of Colombia, and ministry to African Americans. During the 40 years of his ministry in the New Kingdom of Granada, it is estimated he personally baptized around 300,000 people (in groups of 10) and heard the confessions of over 5,000 slaves per year. He is also patron saint for seafarers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Claver has received more than 244,838 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Peter Claver is the 995th most popular religious figure (down from 878th in 2019), the 461st most popular biography from Spain (down from 379th in 2019) and the 34th most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Peter Claver ranks 995 out of 2,272. Before him are Fausto Sozzini, Ilia II of Georgia, John the Merciful, Arnold Janssen, Paul Marcinkus, and Leopold Mandić. After him are Nicholas Mystikos, Ikkyū, John Fisher, Eusebius of Vercelli, Gerolamo Emiliani, and Nicholas Kabasilas.

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Among people born in 1581, Peter Claver ranks 5Before him are Vincent de Paul, False Dmitry I, Domenichino, and James Ussher. After him are Bernardo Strozzi, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Hendrik Brouwer, Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Hedwig of Denmark, and Jean du Vergier de Hauranne. Among people deceased in 1654, Peter Claver ranks 9Before him are Carel Fabritius, Alessandro Algardi, Paulus Potter, Emperor Go-Kōmyō, Johannes Valentinus Andreae, and Samuel Scheidt. After him are İslâm III Giray, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Jacques Lemercier, Christian I, Count Palatine of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler, Ole Worm, and John Selden.

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Among people born in Spain, Peter Claver ranks 461 out of 2,595. Before him are Josep Samitier (1902), Federico Bahamontes (1928), Suintila (594), Najwa Nimri (1972), César Manrique (1919), and Carlos Sainz (1962). After him are Isabella, Princess of Asturias (1851), Dionisio Aguado y García (1784), Antoni Ramallets (1924), Bermudo II of León (953), Infanta Beatriz of Spain (1909), and Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Peter Claver ranks 34Before him are Peter of Alcantara (1499), Junípero Serra (1713), Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur (1626), Eulalia of Barcelona (290), Adolfo Nicolás (1936), and Pedro Casaldáliga (1928). After him are Eduardo Martínez Somalo (1927), Raymond Nonnatus (1204), Theodulf of Orléans (750), Fermin (272), Anthony Mary Claret (1807), and Eulogius of Córdoba (810).

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