Famous Priests

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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. Then-Cardinal Wojtyla was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted his predecessor's name out of tribute to the deceased former pontiff. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland

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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 punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor. Luther taught ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 63 (1483-1546)

Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany

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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, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 63 (1678-1741)

Birthplace: Venice, Scorzè, Italy

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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 county of Aquino, an area where his family held land until 1137. He was born in Roccasecca, Italy. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy was conceived in development or opposition of his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 49 (1225-1274)

Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy

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