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1900: Oscar Wilde Dies a Catholic

1900: Oscar Wilde Dies a Catholic
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  • historical event: Wilde died just five days after receiving Catholic baptism, precisely on this day in 1900. His remains are located in Paris, in the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery.

The famous artist Oscar Wilde died on this day. He was very controversial during his life, and remained famous for his artistic genius, as well as for his unusual personality. Today there is practically not one person who did not at least hear of his works “The Picture of Dorian Gray” or “The Importance of Being Ernest”.

Interestingly, Oscar Wilde died a Catholic. Namely, he lay ill in exile in Paris, in Hôtel d’Alsace. He was only 46 years old and suffered from meningitis. A priest was sent for. Father Cuthbert Dunne, an Irish Catholic priest, answered the call and baptized Wilde by Catholic rite. Since Wilde had a distant memory of being baptized as a boy, this baptism was conditional, as a Catholic may be baptized only once, but it was still done just in case. Father Dunne also gave Wilde the Anointing of the Sick (Last Rites) on that occasion.

Wilde died just five days after Catholic baptism, precisely on this day in 1900. His remains are located in Paris, in the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is probably the most famous cemetery in the world due to the large number of celebrities who are buried there (Jim Morrison, Honoré de Balzac, Isadora Duncan, Frédéric Chopin, Molière, Marcel Proust, Gioachino Rossini and many others).

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