Famous 19th Century Priests

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Marie Laveau
(American Voodoo Priestess and Herbalist)
Marie Laveau
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Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 15, 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

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Georges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)
Georges Lemaître
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Birthdate: July 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleroi, Belgium
Died: June 20, 1966

Georges Lemaître was a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics. Lemaître was the first person to theorize that the expansion of the universe can be used to explain the recession of nearby galaxies. In 1927, Lemaître published the first estimation of the Hubble constant. He also came up with the Big Bang theory to explain the origin of the universe.

Pio of Pietrelcina
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Birthdate: May 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pietrelcina
Died: September 23, 1968

Born Francesco Forgione, Pio of Pietrelcina changed his name after joining the Capuchin order at age 15. He later became famous for exhibiting stigmata, marks on his body symbolizing the wounds of Jesus. He is revered as the patron saint of adolescents and civil defense volunteers.

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John Henry Newman
(Theologian and Philosopher)
John Henry Newman
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Birthdate: February 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Died: August 11, 1890

An important figure in the English religious history, John Henry Newman was a nineteenth century theologian, scholar and poet. Famed for leading the Oxford movement in the Church of England, he later switched to the Roman Catholic Church, eventually becoming the Cardinal Deacon of St. George in Velabro.  Also an influential educator and writer, he was canonized in October 2019.

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Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
(Catholic Priest, Leader of the Mexican War of Independence and Recognized as the Father of the Nation)
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
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Birthdate: May 8, 1753
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pénjamo, Mexico
Died: July 30, 1811

Spanish priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is remembered as the father of Mexican independence. During the 1808 French invasion of Spain, the Mexicans demanded independence from Spanish rule. Hidalgo’s subsequent call for revolt against the Spanish is remembered as the Cry of Dolores. He was executed by a firing squad.

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Father Damien
(Belgian Priest Known for His Missionary Work Among the Hawaiian Lepers)
Father Damien
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Birthdate: January 3, 1840
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tremelo, Belgium
Died: April 15, 1889

Father Damien was a Roman Catholic priest best remembered for his ministry, which he led for people with leprosy. He is credited with building schools and hospitals to benefit those in need. After caring for those in the leper colony for 11 years, Damien contracted leprosy and succumbed to the disease. He is referred to as a martyr of charity.   

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John Bosco
(Italian Catholic Priest Known for Educating the Poor and Founded the Education System 'Salesian Preventive System')
John Bosco
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Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: January 31, 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

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John Vianney
(French Catholic Priest)
John Vianney
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Birthdate: May 8, 1786
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dardilly, France
Died: August 4, 1859

Jean Vianney was a French Catholic priest active in the first half of the 19th century. Venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of parish priests, he is also referred to as the "Curé d'Ars."  He was devoted to St. Philomena, who he regarded as his guardian. His feast day is 4 August.

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
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Birthdate: February 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1838

French diplomat and bishop Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord is counted among the most pragmatic and prominent diplomats in European history. He served King Louis XVI and thereafter changed sides several times, serving at highest levels of successive French governments of Napoleon I, Louis XVIII and Louis Philippe I. He served as the first Prime Minister of France under Louis XVIII.

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James Smith Bush
(Jurist, Writer, Lawyer, Priest, Politician)
James Smith Bush
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Birthdate: June 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 11, 1889

The progenitor of the Bush political family, James Smith Bush, was a jurist by training before he was drawn to divinity and ordained as a priest. He began his career as rector of the Grace Church in Orange, New Jersey. Later, he visited other parts of the country, writing several books on religion, most significant of them being Evidence of Religion.

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Richard Allen
(American Clergyman Who was the First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church)
Richard Allen
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Birthdate: February 14, 1760
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 26, 1831

Born to slave parents, American clergyman Richard Allen became a Methodist convert at 22. He later founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served as its first bishop. Apart from establishing the first church for Blacks in the U.S., he worked on various aspects to improve the lives of Blacks.

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Pope Pius VII
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Birthdate: August 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 20, 1823
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Public Universal Friend
(American Preacher)
Public Universal Friend
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Birthdate: November 29, 1752
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
Died: July 1, 1819

Jemima Wilkinson was an American preacher who later became known as the Public Universal Friend after becoming a genderless evangelist. The Public Universal Friend preached throughout the northeastern US. The Friend's teachings attracted several followers who became part of the Society of Universal Friends.

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Samuel Ajayi Crowther
(The First Ever African-Anglican Bishop of West Africa)
Samuel Ajayi Crowther
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Birthdate: 1809 AD
Birthplace: Nigeria
Died: December 31, 1891
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Leonidas Polk
(Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana)
Leonidas Polk
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Birthdate: April 10, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 14, 1864

Leonidas Polk was an American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. He is credited with establishing an Anglican Christian denomination called the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America. A political general of the Civil War, Leonidas Polk is remembered for commanding troops in the Battle of Perryville and the Battle of Shiloh among many other battles.

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Cosmo Gordon Lang
(Archbishop)
Cosmo Gordon Lang
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Birthdate: October 31, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Died: December 5, 1945
Aiden Wilson Tozer
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Birthdate: April 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Jose (now Newburg), Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 12, 1963
American Christian pastor, Aiden Wilson Toze,r was also an author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. He was a recipient of honorary doctorates from Wheaton and Houghton Colleges for his accomplishments. His popular books are The Knowledge of the Holy, Attributes of God, The Divine Conquest, How to Be Filled with the Holy...  and The Best of A. W. Tozer: 52...
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Franz Brentano
(German Philosopher, Priest, and Professor Who Founded Intentionalism)
Franz Brentano
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Birthdate: January 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marienberg, Germany
Died: March 17, 1917

Widely regarded as the founder of Intentionalism, or act psychology, German philosopher Franz Brentano was also a Roman Catholic priest. He also taught philosophy at the University of Würzburg and the University of Vienna and penned the iconic works Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint and Inquiry into Sense Psychology.

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Charles de Foucauld
(French Soldier, Explorer, Catholic Priest and Hermit)
Charles de Foucauld
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Birthdate: September 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: December 1, 1916

Charles de Foucauld was a cavalry officer in the French Army in the late 19th century. He later became an explorer and geographer, eventually adopting the life of a hermit and a Catholic priest. He was assassinated in 1916 and is listed as a martyr in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. 

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Pope Benedict XV
(Head of the Catholic Church (1914 -1922) Known for His Efforts to Establish Peace During ‘First World War’)
Pope Benedict XV
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Birthdate: November 21, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pegli, Italy
Died: January 22, 1922
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Jozef Tiso
(President of the Slovak Republic (1939 – 1945))
Jozef Tiso
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Birthdate: October 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bytča, Slovakia
Died: April 18, 1947

Jozef Tiso was a Slovak politician best remembered for his service as the president of the Slovak State from 1939 to 1945. The Slovak State was a client state of German Reich during World War II. After the war, Jozef Tiso was executed for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Bratislava.

Clemens August Graf von Galen
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Birthdate: March 16, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dinklage Castle, Dinklage, Oldenburg, Germany
Died: March 22, 1946

Twentieth-century bishop of Münster, Clemens August Graf von Galen, a figure of Catholic resistance, strongly opposed the Nazi T4 program of euthanizing the sick and the physically and mentally disabled. He escaped being executed, as the Nazis had planned to hang him after winning World War II, which never happened.

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Theodore Parker
(American Transcendentalist and Reforming Minister of the Unitarian Church)
Theodore Parker
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Birthdate: August 24, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 1860

Theodore Parker was an American transcendentalist minister whose words and quotations would later help inspire popular speeches of the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. A reformer and abolitionist, Parker played a key role in fighting against such laws as the Fugitive Slave Act.

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Anne Catherine Emmerich
(German Catholic Nun Remembered for Her Mystical Visions)
Anne Catherine Emmerich
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Birthdate: September 8, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coesfeld, Germany
Died: February 9, 1824

German Roman Catholic nun Anne Catherine Emmerich was born on a farm and initially failed to join any religious community due to her poor financial conditions. She later received the stigmata and experienced visions of the Virgin Mary and Passion of Jesus. Her visions apparently inspired the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

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Ion Creanga
(Romanian Author Who Was a Prominent Member of the Junimea Literary Society)
Ion Creanga
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Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Neamț, Moldavia
Died: December 31, 1889
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George Gapon
(Former priest and a popular working-class leader before the 1905 Russian Revolution)
George Gapon
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Birthdate: February 17, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilyky, Ukraine
Died: April 10, 1906
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Charles Kingsley
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Birthdate: June 12, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Holne, Devon, England
Died: January 23, 1875

The son of a clergyman, Charles Kingsley later formed the Christian Socialist movement. Remembered for penning children’s fiction such as The Water-Babies, he had also written socially relevant and historical novels. He had also been a professor at the University of Cambridge and a private tutor of Edward VII.

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José María Morelos
(Mexican Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary rebel leader who led the Mexican War of Independence movement)
José María Morelos
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Birthdate: September 30, 1765
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Morelia, Mexico
Died: December 22, 1815
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Vasil Levski
(Bulgarian Revolutionary & Freedom Fighter Who was Executed by the Ottoman Authorities)
Vasil Levski
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Birthdate: July 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlovo, Bulgaria
Died: February 18, 1873

Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is considered a national hero in Bulgaria. Nicknamed the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski strategized a revolutionary movement to free Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. In a nationwide television poll conducted in 2007, Levski was voted as the greatest Bulgarian of all time.

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José Burgos
(Priest)
José Burgos
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Birthdate: February 9, 1837
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vigan City, Philippines
Died: February 17, 1872
Harold Davidson
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Birthdate: July 14, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sholing
Died: July 30, 1937
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Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
(Prince-Bishop of Montenegro)
Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
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Birthdate: November 13, 1813
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Njeguši, Montenegro
Died: October 31, 1851
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Kobayashi Issa
(Japanese Poet and Buddhist Priest of the Jōdo Shinshū Known for His Haiku Poems and Journals)
Kobayashi Issa
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Birthdate: June 15, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Near Shinano-machi, Shinano Province, Japan
Died: January 5, 1828

Nineteenth-century Japanese haiku poet Kobayashi Issa, or Issa, who had penned more than 20,000 haiku, remains one of the Great Four haiku masters of his country. Known for his simple and lucid language, he mostly wrote about the common man. He is also said to have originated the Japanese I novel.

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Phillips Brooks
(Priest, Writer, Songwriter)
Phillips Brooks
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Birthdate: December 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 23, 1893
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Sergei Bulgakov
(Russian Orthodox Theologian, Priest, Philosopher, and Economist)
Sergei Bulgakov
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Birthdate: July 28, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Livny, Russia
Died: July 12, 1944

Born into a family of Russian Orthodox priests, Sergei Bulgakov, had grown distant from theology in his youth and studied law and political economy instead. Though he experimented with Marxism, he later moved back to the Church and formed what is now known as sophiology.

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Miguel Pro
(Priest)
Miguel Pro
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Birthdate: January 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guadalupe, Mexico
Died: November 23, 1927
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Abbe Faria
(Monk, Physician)
Abbe Faria
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Birthdate: May 31, 1756
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Candolim, Bardez, Goa
Died: September 20, 1819
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Joseph Mohr
(Priest)
Joseph Mohr
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Birthdate: December 11, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: December 4, 1848

Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer Josephus Mohr is best-known for writing lyrics of the popular Christmas carol Stille Nacht (Silent Night), which was composed by Austrian primary school teacher, church organist, and composer Franz Xaver Gruber. A manuscript in Mohr's handwriting discovered in 1995 states that Mohr penned the poem in 1816 and Gruber composed its music in 1818.

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Ronald Knox
(Author)
Ronald Knox
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Birthdate: February 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kibworth, Leicestershire, England
Died: August 24, 1957
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H. Richard Niebuhr
(Theologian)
H. Richard Niebuhr
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Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wright City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 5, 1962
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Pavel Florensky
(Theologian)
Pavel Florensky
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Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yevlakh, Azerbaijan
Died: December 8, 1943

Russian theologian Pavel Florensky is best remembered for his essay The Pillar and the Ground of Truth. During Stalin’s regime and amid a phase of national atheism, he was sent to jail and also banished to Siberia for his religious beliefs, which he refused to renounce.

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Francis Asbury
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Birthdate: August 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamstead Bridge, England
Died: March 31, 1816

Francis Asbury was a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He played an important role during the Second Great Awakening, popularizing Methodism in British colonial America. He is credited with establishing many schools and his journal is deemed important by scholars due to its account of frontier society; his journal has descriptions of the functioning of towns in Colonial America.

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Johan Ludvig Runeberg
(Considered as the National Poet of Finland)
Johan Ludvig Runeberg
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Birthdate: February 5, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland
Died: May 6, 1877

Johan Ludvig Runeberg was a Finnish priest and poet. He is credited with writing Vårt land, the unofficial national anthem of Finland, and is regarded as a national poet of the country. As a priest, Runeberg was involved in the modernization of Virsikirja and produced numerous texts for the new edition. Johan Ludvig Runeberg is an aconic figure in Finland. 

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Thomas Byles
(Priest)
Thomas Byles
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Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 15, 1912
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Juan Severino Mallari
(Serial killer, Catholic priest)
Juan Severino Mallari
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Birthplace: Philippines
Died: 1840 AD
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Augustus Tolton
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Birthdate: April 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ralls County, Missouri, United States
Died: July 9, 1897
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Henry Edward Manning
(British cardinal)
Henry Edward Manning
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Birthdate: July 15, 1808
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Totteridge, England
Died: January 14, 1892
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Henry Liddell
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Birthdate: February 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, United Kingdom
Died: January 18, 1898
Samson Raphael Hirsch
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Birthdate: June 20, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: December 31, 1888

Samson Raphael Hirsch is best remembered as the pioneer of the Neo-Orthodox school of Judaism. He also opposed Reform Judaism and their application of historical techniques in the study of religious texts. The Nineteen Letters on Judaism, written under the pseudonym Ben Uziel is his most notable work.

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Peter Chanel
(Priest)
Peter Chanel
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Birthdate: July 12, 1803
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montrevel-en-Bresse, France
Died: April 28, 1841