Saint Lawrence

225 - 258

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Saint Lawrence or Laurence (Latin: Laurentius, lit. "laurelled"; 31 December AD 225 – 10 August 258) was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258. Lawrence is thought to have been born on 31 December AD 225, in Huesca (or less probably, in Valencia), the town from which his parents came in the later region of Aragon that was then part of the Roman province of Hispania Tarraconensis. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Saint Lawrence has received more than 1,575,984 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 62 in 2019). Saint Lawrence is the 97th most popular religious figure (down from 90th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Spain and the 5th most popular Spanish Religious Figure.

Saint Lawrence was a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church who was martyred on a grill. He is most famous for being the patron saint of cooks, chefs, and comedians.

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Among religious figures, Saint Lawrence ranks 97 out of 3,187Before him are Maimonides, Salome, Bilal ibn Rabah, Pope Pius X, Francis Xavier, and Ambrose. After him are Pope Paul III, Philip the Apostle, Teresa of Ávila, Jude the Apostle, Pope Innocent III, and Catherine of Aragon.

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Among people born in 225, Saint Lawrence ranks 1After him are Gordian III, Liu Hui, Zhong Hui, Lady Triệu, and Tranquillina. Among people deceased in 258, Saint Lawrence ranks 1After him are Pope Sixtus II, Cyprian, Novatian, Eugenia of Rome, and Zhuge Dan.

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Among people born in Spain, Saint Lawrence ranks 26 out of 3,355Before him are Joanna of Castile (1479), Joan Miró (1893), Ibn Arabi (1165), Charles II of Spain (1661), Maimonides (1138), and Francis Xavier (1506). After him are Philip IV of Spain (1605), Teresa of Ávila (1515), Catherine of Aragon (1485), Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452), Federico García Lorca (1898), and Julio Iglesias (1943).


Among religious figures born in Spain, Saint Lawrence ranks 5Before him are Pope Alexander VI (1431), Ignatius of Loyola (1491), Maimonides (1138), and Francis Xavier (1506). After him are Teresa of Ávila (1515), Catherine of Aragon (1485), Saint Dominic (1170), Isidore of Seville (560), Pope Callixtus III (1379), John of the Cross (1542), and Tomás de Torquemada (1420).