Saints

Human history is replete with numerous examples of saints who showed the true path of enlightenment to the common people. Here is a list of famous saints from all over the world and belonging to different religions who helped people understand the true essence of religion.
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 1 Joan of Arc

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: January 6, 1412
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Domrémy, Duchy of Bar, Kingdom of France, France
Died: May 30, 1431

Considered a great saint and a symbol of French unity, Joan of Arc led the French army to the watershed victory over the English forces in Orleans in 1429. In 1430, she was captured by the Anglo-Burgundians while defending Compiegne. She was burned at the stake at the age of 19 in 1431. Pope Benedict XV canonised her in 1920.

 2 Jude the Apostle

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Famous As: Apostle
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
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 3 Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: October 23, 1491
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Azpeitia, Spain
Died: July 31, 1556

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a  Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian in the 16th century. He was one of the founders of the religious order called the Society of Jesus and served as its first Superior General at Paris. He was an inspired spiritual director and the founder of what is today known as "Ignatian spirituality."

 4 James, brother of Jesus

James, brother of Jesus.
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Famous As: Martyr
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Nazareth
Died: 0062 AD

James, brother of Jesus, was a Christian apostle and led the Jerusalem Christians. Mentioned in the Gospels as one of the four brothers of Jesus. He was apparently stoned to death or thrown from a tower by priestly authorities. Some scholars believe he was more of a cousin of Jesus.

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 5 Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew.
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Famous As: Apostle
Birthdate: 0005 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
Died: November 30, 0060

 6 Matthew the Apostle

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: 0074 AD
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 7 Bartholomew the Apostle

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: October 31, 0000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cana
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 8 Deborah

Deborah
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Famous As: Prophetess
Birthdate: 1107 AD
Birthplace: Israel
Died: 1067 AD
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 9 Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0200 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 22, 0230

 10 Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: June 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918
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 11 Budai

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Famous As: Buddhist monk
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: China

Legendary 10th-century Chinese monk Budai, is better known as The Laughing Buddha and The Fat Buddha. Named after the “budai” or cloth sack that he carried with him, he was considered an avatar of Maitreya, or the future Buddha. His figures adorn many homes, as a symbol of prosperity and contentment.

 12 Barnabas

Barnabas
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Salamis, Cyprus
Died: 0061 AD
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 13 Rita of Cascia

Rita of Cascia
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: 1381 AD
Birthplace: Roccaporena, Italy
Died: May 22, 1457

 14 Saint Barbara

Saint Barbara.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0273 AD
Birthplace: Nicomedia
Died: 0308 AD

Saint Barbara was an early Christian Lebanese and Greek saint and martyr. She is also known as the Great Martyr Barbara in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Not much is known about her life and work as there is no mention of her in the authentic early Christian writings. She is considered one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers in Roman Catholicism. 

 15 Julian of Norwich

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Famous As: English mystic
Birthdate: November 8, 1342
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Norwich, England
Died: 1416 AD

 16 Timothy

Timothy
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0017 AD
Birthplace: Lystra, Turkey
Died: 0097 AD
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 17 Albertus Magnus

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Famous As: Saint, Theologian,
Birthdate: 1205 AD
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: November 15, 1280

Albertus Magnus was a friar, bishop, and philosopher. Regarded by some as the greatest German theologian and philosopher of the Middle Ages, Albertus' writings have inspired the iconography of the archivolts and tympanum of the 13th-century portal of Strasbourg Cathedral. Remembered for his contribution to academics, several education institutions have been named after Albertus Magnus.

 18 Kateri Tekakwitha

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 1656 AD
Birthplace: Auriesville, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1680
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 19 Samaritan woman at the well

Samaritan woman at the well
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Samaria, Israel
Died: 0066 AD

 20 Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas.
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Famous As: Christian Saint
Birthdate: March 15, 0270
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Patara
Died: December 6, 0343
Fourth-century Greek Christian bishop Saint Nicholas gave rise to the legend of "Santa Claus," associated with the tradition of gifting during Christmas. One legend states that he saved three girls from prostitution and dropped sacks of gold coins through their window to help their father pay for their dowry.
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 21 Pema Chodron

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, United States

 22 Martin of Tours

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0316 AD
Birthplace: Szombathely, Hungary
Died: November 8, 0397

Martin of Tours, the patron saint of France, had initially fought for the Roman army. Born to Pagan parents, he converted to Christianity at age 10. Legend has it that a vision of Jesus in a dream, after he shared his cloak with a beggar, had pushed Martin into religion.

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 23 Simon the Zealot

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Famous As: Apostle
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Cana, Judea
Died: 0069 AD

 24 Brigid of Kildare

Brigid of Kildare
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0451 AD
Birthplace: Site of Battle of Faughart - 1318, Ireland
Died: February 1, 0525
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 25 Pope Linus

Pope Linus
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0010 AD
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: September 23, 0076

 26 Joachim

Joachim
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Famous As: Saint Anne's husband
Birthdate: 0100 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0010 AD
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 27 Sister Lúcia

Sister Lúcia
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Famous As: Religious sister
Birthdate: March 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aljustrel, Portugal
Died: February 13, 2005

 28 Dymphna

Dymphna
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
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 29 Martin de Porres

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: December 9, 1579
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: November 3, 1639

Martin de Porres was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order. He was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI. He lived an austere life and often went hungry. He abstained from meat and was said to be able to communicate with animals. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and those who seek racial harmony. 

 30 Rose of Lima

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: April 30, 1586
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: August 24, 1617

Rose of Lima is revered as the patron saint of Peru. Legend has it that she had chopped off her hair and damaged her skin to avoid getting married. A member of the Dominican Order, she was the first from the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

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 31 Saint Cuthbert

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0634 AD
Birthplace: Dunbar, United Kingdom
Died: March 20, 0687

 32 Isidore of Seville

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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: 0560 AD
Birthplace: Cartagena, Spain
Died: April 4, 0636

Spanish scholar Isidore of Seville is widely remembered as the last of the Western Latin Fathers. His Etymologies was a chief reference book for years. The 7th-century archbishop of Sevilla wrote about varied subjects, such as religion, science, history, and linguistics. He had a major role in the Councils of Toledo.

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 33 Edmund the Martyr

Edmund the Martyr
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0841 AD
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: November 28, 0869

 34 Agnes of Rome

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0291 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0304 AD

 35 Basava

Basava
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Famous As: Hindu religious leader
Birthdate: 1105 AD
Birthplace: Basavan Bagewadi, India
Died: 1167 AD

Basava was an Indian poet, philosopher, social reformer, statesman, and saint who lived in the 12th century AD. He is credited with spreading social awareness through his poems. Although hagiographic texts and traditional legends claim that Basava founded Lingayatism, modern scholars believe that he refined and popularized the already existing religious tradition, which is popular in Karnataka, South India.

 36 Saint Veronica

Saint Veronica
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Caesarea Philippi

 37 Agastya

Agastya
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Not known

Rishi Agastya, one of the Saptarishi, appears in the Puranas and is said to have authored texts such as the Agastya Gita. Legend has it that the Vindhya range lies flat as Agastya had asked it to lie flat till he got back from the South, and then never returned.

 38 Aloysius Gonzaga

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 9, 1568
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Died: June 21, 1591

 39 Brendan

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0484 AD
Birthplace: Fenit, Ireland
Died: 0577 AD

Brendan of Clonfert was an early Irish monastic saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He made a legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed", a feat that earned him much recognition. He is believed to have been tutored by the great teacher, Finnian of Clonard. His feast day is celebrated on 16 May.

 40 Tukaram

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Famous As: Saint, Poet
Birthdate: 1608 AD
Birthplace: Dehu, Near Pune, India
Died: 1650 AD

Marathi poet Sant Tukaram was one of the pillars of the Bhakti movement of Maharashtra. It is believed he began writing abhangas, or religious poetry, after being visited by Vitthal, an avatar of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, in a dream. He is revered by the Varkari sampradaya.

 41 Francis de Sales

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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: August 21, 1567
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Château de Sales, Thorens-Glières, France
Died: December 28, 1622

 42 Pope Gregory III

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Famous As: Bishop of Rome
Birthdate: 0690 AD
Birthplace: Syria
Died: November 28, 0741

 43 Jean Vianney

Jean Vianney
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: May 8, 1786
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dardilly, Lyonnais, 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.

 44 Jacob in Islam

Jacob in Islam
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Syria, Syria

 45 Cyril of Alexandria

Cyril of Alexandria
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Famous As: Doctor
Birthdate: 0376 AD
Birthplace: El Mahalla El Kubra, Egypt
Died: 0444 AD

 46 Pope Innocent VIII

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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: July 25, 1492

 47 Silas

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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece
Died: 0100 AD

 48 Elizabeth of Hungary

Elizabeth of Hungary
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: July 7, 1207
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pozsony county, Hungary
Died: November 17, 1231

Elizabeth, the daughter of Hungarian king Andrew II, was married at 14 but lost her husband to a plague in Italy at 20. She then joined the Third Order of St. Francis and opened a hospital for the poor. She is revered as the patron saint of the homeless.

 49 Genevieve

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0419 AD
Birthplace: Nanterre, France
Died: 0512 AD

Genevieve is the patron saint of Paris in the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions. Not much is known about her life, but it is believed that she became a nun as a teenager after deciding to dedicate her life to Christianity. She had frequent visions of heavenly angels and saints and was particularly devoted to Saint Denis. 

 50 Jnanadeva

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Alandi, India
Died: 1296 AD

Jnanadeva was an Indian poet, philosopher, saint, and yogi who lived in the 13th century AD. He is credited with authoring Dnyaneshwari, the oldest surviving work in the Marathi language. He is also credited with co-founding the Varkari Bhakti movement tradition of Hinduism. Over the years, Jnanadeva's legacy has inspired several saint-poets, including Tukaram and Eknath.  

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