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List of famous bishops, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bishops in the world? This includes the most prominent bishops, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bishops is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bishops were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bishops.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Thomas Becket and James Wedderburn. Featuring Catholic bishops and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known bishops to the lesser known bishops of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bishop field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bishops ever?" and "What are the names of famous bishops?" then you're in the right place. 
Thomas Becket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of ...more

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Age: Died at 52 (1118-1170)

Birthplace: Cheapside, United Kingdom

Profession: Priest, Bishop

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Saint Peter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Church. The Catholic Church considers him to be the first Pope, ordained by Jesus in the "Rock of My Church" dialogue in Matthew 16:18. The ancient ...more

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Birthplace: Bethsaida, Syria

Profession: Bishop, Fisherman

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James Wedderburn, bishop of Dunblane, was the second son of John Wedderburn, a mariner and shipowner from Dundee, and Margaret Lindsay. James Wedderburn, a playwright and early Scottish proponent of Protestantism, was his grandfather. He was born at Dundee in 1585, and began his university life at ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (1585-1639)

Profession: Bishop

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John Arthur Thomas Robinson was an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich. He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later Dean of Trinity College until his death in 1983 from cancer. Robinson was considered a major force in shaping liberal Christian ...more

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Age: Died at 64 (1919-1983)

Birthplace: Canterbury, United Kingdom

Profession: Theologian, Bishop, Writer

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Saint John Chrysostom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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Saint John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom, c. 349 – 407, Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (347-407)

Birthplace: Antioch, Turkey

Profession: Physician, Bishop

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F. D. Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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Bishop Frederick Douglas "F. D." Washington was a renowned Pentecostal minister of the Washington Temple Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York. His most famous protege is Rev. Al Sharpton, whom he licensed and ordained as a minister at the age of nine. ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1913-1988)

Profession: Evangelist, Bishop, Radio personality, Pastor Presenter

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Rainer Woelki

Rainer Maria Woelki is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his appointment by Pope Francis on 11 July to succeed Joachim Cardinal Meisner in that position. He previously served as Archbishop of Berlin. ...more

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Profession: Cleric

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Leon Yao Liang

Leo Yao Liang was the Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Xiwanzi, China. Ordained in 1946, Yao Liang was sentenced to a Chinese Communist labor camp in 1958 and was released in 1984. With the approval of the Vatican, he was ordained bishop on February 19, 2002. ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1923-2009)

Birthplace: Hebei, China

Profession: Bishop

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