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Marie Laveau

About Marie Laveau

This 19th-century New Orleans Voodoo practitioner lived a life shrouded in mystery and inspired numerous works of art and literature, appearing in assemblage pieces by visual artist Renee Stout and becoming a character in several Marvel Comics publications.

Early life

She grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans as the child of biracial, Roman Catholic parents.


She was the subject of author Jewel Parker Rhodes 1993 work Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau.

Family of Marie Laveau

In 1819, she married a Haitian immigrant named Jacques Paris. She later had as many as fifteen children with a man named Christophe Dominick Duminy de Glapion.

Close associates of Marie Laveau

She was the subject of poet Shel Silverstein s 1974 song “Marie Laveau” (written for country singer Bobby Bare).

Peter Turkson

About Peter Turkson

Ghanaian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who became the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009.

Early life

He received a Master s in theology from St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, New York.


He was seen as a possible successor after Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, but Pope Francis was chosen instead.

Family of Peter Turkson

His father was a carpenter while his mother sold vegetables at the local market in Western Ghana.

Close associates of Peter Turkson

He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

Samuel Rodriguez Jr.

About Samuel Rodriguez Jr.

Evangelical preacher who rose to fame by galvanizing the Latino evangelical community in the United States. He has over 220,000 followers on Instagram and over 30,000 followers on Twitter. 

Early life

He delivered his first sermon at age 16 and graduated from LeHigh University with a Master s Degree in Organization Leadership. 


He founded his own church, the New Season Christian Worship Center and he was a member of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative and the President s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Barack Obama. 

Family of Samuel Rodriguez Jr.

He married his wife Eva and they have three children together. 

Close associates of Samuel Rodriguez Jr.

He spoke at Donald Trump s inauguration in 2017. 

Gianna Beretta Molla

About Gianna Beretta Molla

Pediatrician who was canonized as the Roman Catholic saint of mothers and pre born children in 2004.

Early life

She grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy.


She refused an abortion and a hysterectomy when she was pregnant despite knowing that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her death, which she did.

Family of Gianna Beretta Molla

She had twelve brothers and sisters.

Close associates of Gianna Beretta Molla

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994 before being officially canonized by him ten years later.

Katharina Von Bora

About Katharina Von Bora

Wife of Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. Prior to her marriage, she was a nun. 

Early life

Disliking her life in the convent, she asked Martin Luther to assist her in her escape.


She married Martin Luther when she was in her mid-twenties and he was in his early forties.

Family of Katharina Von Bora

She had six children with Martin Luther and also took care of several orphans.

Close associates of Katharina Von Bora

She turned down several suitors before marrying Martin Luther.

Ellen G. White

About Ellen G. White

American author and Christian leader who co-founded the Seventh Day Adventist church. She authored a number of important Christian writings, including the Conflict of the Ages series.

Early life

He family became involved with the Millerite movement when she was a child, and upon adolescence, she began receiving religious visions, which continued throughout her life.


When she was nine years old, she was struck in the face by a rock thrown by a classmate of hers. It disfigured her nose and put her in a coma for a few weeks.

Family of Ellen G. White

She was married to James White, with whom she founded the Seventh Day Adventists. They had four children together.

Close associates of Ellen G. White

Jan Paulson also became an influential figure in the Seventh Day Adventist church.