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List of Famous Priests

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List of famous priests, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top priests in the world? This includes the most prominent priests, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable priests is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic priests 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 priests.

List features people like Sinéad O'Connor and Martin Luther.

From reputable, prominent, and well known priests to the lesser known priests of today, these are some of the best professionals in the priest field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous priests ever?" and "What are the names of famous priests?" then you're in the right place. (868 items)
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    Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II and was inaugurated on 24 April 2005. Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger ...more

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    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Marktl, Germany
    • Profession: Priest, Pianist, Theologian, Professor, Author
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    Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1920-2005)
    • Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland
    • Profession: Priest, Writer, Philosopher
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    Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Glenageary, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Priest, Record producer, Clergy, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
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    Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)
    • Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
    • Profession: Priest, Theologian, Professor, Physician, Monk, + more
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    Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He is known mainly for composing many instrumental concertos, for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1678-1741)
    • Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Composer, Violinist
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    Thomas Aquinas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Thomas Aquinas, OP, also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, was an Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest who was an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus" and "Doctor Communis". "Aquinas" is from the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1225-1274)
    • Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Physician, Writer, Philosopher
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    Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Franz Liszt is a film score composer. more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1811-1886)
    • Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Austria
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Priest, Pianist, Composer, Virtuoso
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    John Wesley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1703-1791)
    • Birthplace: Epworth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Theologian, Preacher
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