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List of famous male priests, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male priests list contains the most prominent and top males known for being priests. There are thousand of males working as priests in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic priests have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a priest then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male priests, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male priests?" and "Who are the best male priests?"
Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 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

Age: Died at 85 (1920-2005)

Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland

Profession: Priest, Writer, Philosopher

Credits: The Papal Chase, Our God's Brother, The Jeweller's Shop, Philomena

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#13 on The Best Catholic Authors

#26 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#12 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 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 ...more

Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)

Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany

Profession: Priest, Theologian, Professor, Physician, Monk, + more

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#19 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#46 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#24 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#42 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 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, ...more

Age: Died at 63 (1678-1741)

Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy

Profession: Priest, Composer, Violinist

Credits: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Intouchables, Oldboy, Being John Malkovich

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#18 on The Greatest Violinists of All Time

#56 on Dead Musicians You Most Want to See Perform as Holograms

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Thomas Aquinas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 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

Age: Died at 49 (1225-1274)

Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy

Profession: Priest, Physician, Writer, Philosopher

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#1 on The Best Catholic Authors

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