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Saint Ignatius of Loyola
(Priest, Confessor and Founder of the Society of Jesus)
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
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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."

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Junípero Serra
(Spanish Roman Catholic Priest and Missionary of the Franciscan Order)
Junípero Serra
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Birthdate: November 24, 1713
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Petra, Spain
Died: August 28, 1784

Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda. He is also credited with founding nine of the 21 Spanish missions in California. On 25 September 1988, Junípero Serra was beatified in the Vatican City by Pope John Paul II. On 23 September 2015, he was canonized by Pope Francis.

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Bartolomé de las Casas
(The First Resident Bishop of ‘Chiapas’, and the First Officially Appointed "Protector of the Indians")
Bartolomé de las Casas
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Birthdate: November 11, 1484
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: July 18, 1566
Known for works such as Historia de las Indias, Spanish historian Bartolomé de las Casas is remembered as the first to have focused on the exploitation of the indigenous community in the Americas. His life-long struggle to end slavery brought about significant changes in the treatment of colonized people.
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Isidore of Seville
(Spanish Scholar, Theologian, and Archbishop of Seville)
Isidore of Seville
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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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Josemaría Escrivá
(Spanish Priest Who Founded the Organization 'Opus Dei')
Josemaría Escrivá
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Birthdate: January 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barbastro, Spain
Died: June 26, 1975

Josemaría Escrivá was a Spanish priest best remembered for founding an organization called Opus Dei. He is also remembered for authoring a book titled The Way. The book has been translated into many languages and has sold millions of copies around the world.

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Vincent Ferrer
(Valencian Dominican Friar, Preacher and Logician)
Vincent Ferrer
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Birthdate: January 23, 1350
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: April 5, 1419

Initially a professor of theology, Vincent Ferrer later traveled across Europe to preach. He became known for his austere lifestyle. The Catholic saint is now revered as the patron saint of builders, fishermen, prisoners, and others. He had a major role in ending the Great Western Schism.

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Pope Callixtus III
(Former Head of the Catholic Church and Ruler of the Papal States)
Pope Callixtus III
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Birthdate: December 31, 1378
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canals, Spain
Died: August 6, 1458

Pope Callixtus III was initially a professor of law. He later helped King Alfonso V with Pope Martin V reconcile. He was infamous for his nepotism, as he was highly biased toward his nephew, Rodrigo Borgia, whom he made a cardinal and who later took over as the pope.

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Antipope Benedict XIII
(Spanish Antipope and Nobleman)
Antipope Benedict XIII
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Birthdate: November 25, 1328
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Illueca, Spain
Died: May 23, 1423

Antipope Benedict XIII, or Pope Luna, initially served as a university professor of canon law and later became a cardinal. He was made the pope after Clement VII’s death, on the grounds that he would resign to end the Western Schism later, but he didn’t and was thus deposed.

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Adolfo Nicolás
(Spanish Jesuit Priest of the 'Catholic Church')
Adolfo Nicolás
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Birthdate: April 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Villamuriel de Cerrato, Spain
Died: May 20, 2020

Adolfo Nicolás was a Spanish priest of the Roman Catholic Church. From 2008 to 2016, he served as the Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Also an educator, Adolfo Nicolás taught at Sophia University for 20 years and then led educational institutions in Manila and Tokyo between 1978 and 1993.

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Peter Claver
(Spanish Jesuit Missionary and Priest)
Peter Claver
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Birthdate: June 26, 1580
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Verdú, Spain
Died: September 8, 1654

Peter Claver was a Spanish Jesuit missionary and priest. His lifelong work with African slaves made him the patron saint of slaves. Peter Claver was canonized by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. Many organizations, religious congregations, schools, missions, parishes, and hospitals have been named in his honor.

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Ruy López de Segura
(One of Spain's Best Ever Chess Players)
Ruy López de Segura
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Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Segura, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Died: 1580 AD

Ruy López de Segura was a Spanish Catholic priest, author, and chess player. He is credited with authoring one of Europe's first books about modern chess. The best chess player in Spain for about two decades, Ruy López de Segura made immense contributions to chess opening theory.

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Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros
(Former Governor of the Kingdom of Castile)
Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros
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Birthdate: 1436 AD
Birthplace: Torrelaguna, Spain
Died: November 8, 1517

Son of a tax collector, Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros spent 6 years in prison only because he wouldn’t give up on his claim to a rightful benefice. Part of the Spanish Inquisition, he opted for forced conversions of Muslims to Christianity, which caused the Moorish revolt of Moriscos.

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Francisco Suárez
(Leading Theological and Philosophical Light of Spain’s Golden Age)
Francisco Suárez
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Birthdate: January 5, 1548
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
Died: September 25, 1617

Spanish Jesuit priest, philosopher, and theologian Francisco Suárez was born to an affluent lawyer and had initially studied law. However, he joined the Jesuits later, following which he taught philosophy and theology. Known for writing Disputationes Metaphysicae, he was a prime figure of the School of Salamanca movement.

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Bernardino de Sahagún
(Franciscan Friar, Missionary Priest and Pioneering Ethnographer)
Bernardino de Sahagún
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Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Sahagún, Spain
Died: February 5, 1590

A pioneer of modern anthropology and a renowned ethnographer, 16th-century Spanish priest and missionary Bernardino de Sahagún remains one of the greatest resources of the history of ancient Mexico. Best remembered for compiling Historia General and its manuscript the Florentine Codex, he developed the Aztec language Nahuatl.

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Pedro Arrupe
(Spanish Basque Priest Who Served as the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus)
Pedro Arrupe
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Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
Died: February 5, 1991

Pedro Arrupe, who was the superior general of the Society of Jesus, had dropped out of medical school to care for the poor. He was part of one of the first rescue teams at Hiroshima after the tragic atomic bomb destruction. He later resigned due to paralysis caused by a stroke.

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Joan Enric Vives Sicília
(Bishop of Urgell and Co-Prince of Andorra)
Joan Enric Vives Sicília
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Birthdate: July 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Joan Enric Vives Sicília, the bishop of Urgell, was born to common retailers in Barcelona. He also holds the title of the Co-Prince of Andorra and has earned accolades and honors such as the Grand Cross of the Order of Christ from Portugal. He believes in the motto Parare vias Domini

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Tirso de Molina
(Spanish Poet and Roman Catholic Monk Known for Writing 'The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest')
Tirso de Molina
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Birthdate: March 24, 1583
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: February 20, 1648

Spanish Baroque dramatist, poet and Roman Catholic monk Tirso de Molina is best known for writing the play The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest which first introduced the legendary fictional character of Don Juan. Other notable works of Molina includes the comedy sitcom Don Gil of the green tights and the trilogy of The Santa Juana.

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Luis de Góngora
(Spanish Poet and Priest)
Luis de Góngora
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Birthdate: July 11, 1561
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: April 23, 1627

Spanish Baroque poet Luis de Góngora created his own style known as Gongorismo. Born to a judge, he initially used his father’s library to gain knowledge. His works such as Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea and Soledades were criticized by many for their complex style and obscurity.

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Antonio de Montesinos
(Missionary)
Antonio de Montesinos
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Birthdate: 1475 AD
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
Died: June 27, 1540
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Saint Dominic
(Spanish Priest and Founder of the Dominican Order and Patron Saint of Astronomers)
Saint Dominic
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Birthdate: August 8, 1170
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caleruega, Spain
Died: August 6, 1221

Saint Dominic was a Castilian Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Dominican Order. Dominic is said to have abstained from meat throughout his life. He is also remembered for putting himself to undue hardship like traveling barefoot and rejecting the luxury of a bed. He is regarded as the patron saint of astronomers.

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Joseph Calasanz
(Spanish Catholic Priest, Educator and the Founder of the 'Pious Schools')
Joseph Calasanz
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Birthdate: September 11, 1557
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peralta de Calasanz, Spain
Died: August 25, 1648

Spanish Catholic priest Joseph Calasanz founded the Pious Schools, whose followers, the Piarists, dedicated themselves to the service of the poor. He was the man behind Europe’s first free school for children from impoverished homes. A friend of Galileo Galilei, he supported the heliocentric system, unlike other religious orders.

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Raimon Panikkar
(Spanish Roman Catholic Priest)
Raimon Panikkar
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Birthdate: November 2, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: August 26, 2010

Born to a Spanish Catholic mother and an Indian Hindu father in Barcelona, Raimon Panikkar grew up to be a Catholic priest and a philosophy professor. An expert in comparative religion, he compared the tenets of Catholicism and Hinduism in his doctoral thesis. He also penned several spiritual texts.

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John of Ávila
(Spanish Priest and Preacher)
John of Ávila
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Birthdate: January 6, 1499
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Almodóvar del Campo, Spain
Died: May 10, 1569

John of Ávila, or the Apostle of Andalusia, was a prominent Spanish priest and preacher. Though he was supposed to be sent for missionary work to North America, he later stayed back in Spain, persuaded by the archbishop of Seville. He also wrote religious treatises such as Audi filia.

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Luis de Molina
(Spanish Scholastic and Jesuit Priest)
Luis de Molina
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Birthdate: September 29, 1535
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cuenca, Spain
Died: October 12, 1600
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Francis Borgia
(Spanish Jesuit Priest Who Helped Establish the 'Gregorian University' in Rome)
Francis Borgia
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Birthdate: October 28, 1510
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gandia, Spain
Died: September 30, 1572

Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía was a Spanish Jesuit priest. He helped establish the Gregorian University in Rome and a dozen colleges in Spain. Despite being an inlfuential person, Francis led a simple life and was acclaimed as a saint in his own lifetime. Francis Borgia was canonized by Pope Clement X on 20 June 1670.

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Ignacio Martín-Baró
(Psychologist)
Ignacio Martín-Baró
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Birthdate: November 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: November 16, 1989
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Joseph Karo
(Spanish Rabbi and Author)
Joseph Karo
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Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: March 24, 1575

Sixteenth-century Spanish-born rabbi Joseph Karo penned the last great codification of Jewish law, the Bet Yosef, later known as the Shulḥan ʿarukh. Expelled from Spain, he later settled in Palestine. Another of his notable works is the Maggid mesharim, a mystical diary that described visits by the Mishna.

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Juan de Zumárraga
(Bishop)
Juan de Zumárraga
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Birthdate: 1468 AD
Birthplace: Durango, Spain
Died: June 3, 1548
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Hosius Of Córdoba
(Spanish bishop)
Hosius Of Córdoba
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Birthdate: 0257 AD
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: 0359 AD
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John of the Cross
(16th Century Spanish Catholic Priest Who was a Major Figure of Counter-Reformation in Spain)
John of the Cross
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Birthdate: June 24, 1542
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fontiveros, Spain
Died: December 14, 1591

John of the Cross was a Spanish Catholic priest, mystic, and Carmelite friar. One of the 36 Doctors of the Church, he is a major figure of the Counter-Reformation in Spain. He was a prolific writer and poet, and his writings are counted among the greatest works of all Spanish literature. He was beatified in 1675 by Pope Clement X.

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Ignacio Ellacuría
(Jesuit Philosopher and One of the Principle Contributors to Latin American Liberation Theology)
Ignacio Ellacuría
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Birthdate: November 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portugalete, Spain
Died: November 16, 1989

Spanish-Salvadoran Jesuit priest and human rights activist Ignacio Ellacuría contributed massively to the development of Latin America’s liberation theology. While teaching at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, he also faced severe army backlash for his political activism. He was eventually assassinated by an elite army unit.

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Miguel de Molinos
(Spanish Mystic)
Miguel de Molinos
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Birthdate: June 29, 1628
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Spain
Died: December 29, 1696

Seventeenth-century Spanish mystic and priest Miguel de Molinos propagated an extreme type of Quietism through his book Spiritual Guide. He believed people should sacrifice their individual wills to make way for God’s will. He was eventually imprisoned for heresy and died in custody, amid rumors of sexual misconduct.

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José María Arizmendiarrieta
(Priest)
José María Arizmendiarrieta
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Birthdate: April 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Markina-Xemein, Spain
Died: November 29, 1976
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Pedro Ponce de León
(Spanish Benedictine Monk)
Pedro Ponce de León
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Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: 1584 AD

A Spanish benediction monk, Pedro Ponce de León is best remembered for his pioneering work, which helped several deaf persons to speak and write.  Although he was not the creator of the modern sign language, he has been credited with developing manual alphabets based on monastic sign language, which was quite effective in achieving its objective.    

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Bahya ibn Paquda
(Spanish Philosopher and Priest)
Bahya ibn Paquda
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Birthdate: 1050 AD
Birthplace: Zaragoza, Spain
Died: 1120 AD

Bahya ibn Paquda is best known as the author of Al Hidayah ila Faraid al-Qulub, or Duties of the Heart, an Arabic treatise of Jewish philosophy, also considered the first written work on Jewish ethics. Islamic mystics inspired him to look for the existence and nature of God.

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Juan de Mariana
(Spanish Jesuit Priest, Historian, and Scholastic)
Juan de Mariana
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Birthdate: September 25, 1536
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Died: February 17, 1624
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Vasco de Quiroga
(First Bishop of Michoacán and Judge)
Vasco de Quiroga
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Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain
Died: March 14, 1565

Trained in theology and law, Vasco de Quiroga was the second audiencia of New Spain and the Bishop of Michoacán. Considered as a humanist educator and a social reformer, he is believed to have worked diligently for the welfare of the Indian in Mexico, establishing two hospitals and also the Colegio de San Nicolás Obisbo for that purpose.

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Francisco Guerrero
(Composer)
Francisco Guerrero
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Birthdate: October 4, 1528
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: November 8, 1599
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Juan Pablo Bonet
(Priest)
Juan Pablo Bonet
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Birthdate: 1573 AD
Birthplace: Spain
Died: 1633 AD
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José Celestino Mutis
(Spanish botanist)
José Celestino Mutis
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Birthdate: April 6, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: September 11, 1808

Spanish botanist José Celestino Mutis had initially studied medicine and served as the royal physician of Ferdinand VI. While working in South America later, he studied the medicinal properties of plants. He also built a massive botanical garden and penned a treatise that contained over 6,000 illustrations of plants.

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Joseph Albo
(Spanish Philosopher and Rabbi)
Joseph Albo
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Birthdate: 1380 AD
Birthplace: Monreal del Campo, Spain
Died: 1444 AD

Born in Aragon, Spain, Jewish philosopher and theologian Joseph Albo is remembered for his iconic work Sefer ha-ʿiqqarim, or Book of Principles, which laid down the fundamental principles of Judaism. He had also been part of the famous Disputation of Tortosa between Christians and Jews.

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Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz
(Spanish Curial Cardinal, Archbishop of Toledo and Political Leader)
Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz
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Birthdate: 1310 AD
Birthplace: Carrascosa del Campo, Spain
Died: August 23, 1367

Known for founding Collegio di Spagna at Bologna, Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz was a soldier before he entered the church. Eventually he became the archbishop of Toledo and supported a campaign against the Muslims. He was later  on made the cardinal-priest of S. Clement and finally a papal legate. Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz helped the papacy to return from Avignon to Rome.

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Saint Agobard
(Archbishop of Lyon)
Saint Agobard
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Birthdate: 0779 AD
Birthplace: Spain
Died: June 6, 0840
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Pedro Páez
(Missionary)
Pedro Páez
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Birthdate: 1564 AD
Birthplace: Olmeda de las Fuentes, Spain
Died: May 22, 1622
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Simeon ben Zemah Duran
(Spanish Rabbi and Theologian)
Simeon ben Zemah Duran
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Birthdate: 1361 AD
Birthplace: Majorca, Spain
Died: 1444 AD

Simeon ben Zemah Duran was the first Spanish Jewish rabbi to earn a regular salary from the community, going against the trend of the rabbi’s post being honorary. He excelled in subjects such as philosophy, math, and medicine, and is best remembered for his commentary Magen Avot.

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Antonio Escobar y Mendoza
(Writer)
Antonio Escobar y Mendoza
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Birthdate: 1589 AD
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: July 4, 1669
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Agustín Moreto y Cavana
(Dramatist)
Agustín Moreto y Cavana
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Birthdate: April 9, 1618
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: October 28, 1669
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Antonio angel Algora Hernando
(Catholic priest)
Antonio angel Algora Hernando
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Birthdate: October 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: La Vilueña, Spain
Died: October 15, 2020
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Antipope Clement VIII
(Antipope)
Antipope Clement VIII
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Birthdate: 1369 AD
Birthplace: Teruel, Spain
Died: December 28, 1446

Gil Sánchez Muñoz, or Antipope Clement VIII, was an advisor of Benedict XIII. During the Western Schism, Benedict chose Clement as a cardinal, even at the reluctance of others to accept this decision. Later, Clement had to let go of his titles, reconciled, and was made the bishop of Majorca.

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Jon de Cortina
(Priest)
Jon de Cortina
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Birthdate: December 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain
Died: December 12, 2005