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List of famous alumni from Pontifical Gregorian University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Pontifical Gregorian University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Pontifical Gregorian University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Pontifical Gregorian University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Pontifical Gregorian University.

Alumni include Pope Pius XII, Avery Cardinal Dulles and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Pontifical Gregorian University?” and “Which celebrities are Pontifical Gregorian University alumni?”

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Pope Innocent X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Pope Innocent X, born Giovanni Battista Pamphilj, was pope from 15 September 1644 to his death in 1655. Born in Rome of a family from Gubbio in Umbria who had come to Rome during the pontificate ...more

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Pope Pius XII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Religious Leader, Clergy Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, reigned from 2 March 1939 to his death in 1958. Before his election to the papacy, Pacelli served as secretary of the Department of ...more

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Pope Paul VI is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he ...more

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Pope John Paul I is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest, Professor Pope John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, reigned 26 August 1978 to his sudden death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent Year of Three ...more

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Klaus Klostermaier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Philosopher Klaus K. Klostermaier is a researcher on Hinduism and Indian history and culture. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1961, and another in "Ancient ...more

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Óscar Romero is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, and declared a martyr by Pope Francis on 3 February 2015. He became the fourth Archbishop of San ...more

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Cardinal Mazarin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Statesman, Cardinal, Clergy Jules Mazarin, born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino or Mazarini, was an Italian cardinal, diplomat, and politician, who served as the chief minister of France from 1642 until his death. Mazarin ...more

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William Levada is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Cardinal, Clergy William Joseph Levada is an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. From May 2005 until June 2012, he served as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope ...more

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Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Cardinal, Theologian, Professor Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. was a Jesuit priest, theologian, cardinal of the Catholic Church and served as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from ...more

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Robert Drinan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest, Politician, Legislator Robert Frederick Drinan, S.J. was a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, lawyer, human rights activist, and Democratic U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. He was also a law professor at Georgetown ...more

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Roger Joseph Boscovich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Poet, Mathematician, Diplomat Roger Joseph Boscovich was a Ragusan physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, Jesuit priest, and a polymath from the city of Dubrovnik in the Republic of ...more

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Raymond Leo Burke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Raymond Leo Burke Raymond Leo Burke is an American cardinal prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He serves as the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a position widely interpreted as a demotion from ...more

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Raffaele Farina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Raffaele Farina Cardinal, Archivist Raffaele Farina SDB is an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives, Librarian of the Vatican Library, and president of Scuola Vaticana di ...more

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Ivan Illich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Philosopher Ivan Illich was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and "maverick social critic" of the institutions of contemporary Western culture and their effects on the provenance and ...more

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Rufino Santos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Rufino Santos Cardinal Rufino Jiao Santos was the 29th Archbishop of Manila from February 10, 1953 until his death on September 3, 1973, and was the first Filipino elevated to the Cardinalate.

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Samuele Bacchiocchi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Author Samuele R. Bacchiocchi was a Seventh-day Adventist author and theologian, best known for his work on the Sabbath in Christianity, particularly in the historical work From Sabbath to Sunday, ...more

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Theodore Hesburgh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest The Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh, CSC, STD, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, was president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years. He is the namesake for TIAA–CREF's Hesburgh ...more

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Justin Francis Rigali is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Justin Francis Rigali is an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the eighth Archbishop of Philadelphia, having previously served as Archbishop of St. Louis from 1994 to 2003. ...more

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Robert Bellarmine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Robert Bellarmine Physician Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J. was an Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. He was canonized in 1930 and named ...more

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Jean-Louis Tauran is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Jean-Louis Tauran Priest Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran is a French cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Roman Curia. He was elevated to the ...more

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Aloysius Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Aloysius Gonzaga Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. was an Italian aristocrat who became a member of the Society of Jesus. While still a student at the Roman College, he died as a result of caring for the victims of an ...more

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Thomas Stephens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Thomas Stephens Thomas Stephens, born c.1549 in Bushton and died in 1619 in Salcete, Goa, was an English Jesuit priest and missionary in Portuguese India, writer and linguist.

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Karl Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Karl Lehmann Karl Lehmann is a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Mainz and former Chairman of the Conference of the German Bishops, the highest representative post of the Catholic Church in Germany. ...more

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Edward Egan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Edward Egan Edward Michael Egan was an American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000, and as Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009. He was elevated ...more

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Richard P. McBrien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Richard P. McBrien Professor Richard Peter McBrien was the Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He was ordained as a Catholic priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford in 1962 ...more

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Francis A. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Francis A. Sullivan, S.J. is an American Catholic theologian and a Jesuit priest. He is best known for his research in the area of ecclesiology and the magisterium.

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Matthias Joseph Scheeben is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Matthias Joseph Scheeben Matthias Joseph Scheeben was a German Catholic theological writer and mystic.

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Hans Küng is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest, Professor Hans Küng is a Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic. He is notable for his rejection of the doctrine of papal ...more

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Michael Novak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Journalist, Diplomat, Writer Michael Novak is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat. The author of more than twenty-five books on the philosophy and theology of culture, Novak is most widely ...more

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Paul Laverty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Lawyer Paul Laverty is a Scottish lawyer and scriptwriter.

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Anthony Bevilacqua is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua was an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1988 to 2003, having previously served as Bishop of Pittsburgh. He ...more

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David Cairns is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest, Politician John David Cairns was a Scottish Labour Party politician, who was a Member of Parliament from 2001 until his death. He represented the constituency of Inverclyde. He was the Minister of State at ...more

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Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni Nerses Bedros XIX is the current patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church. He was the second son and the fifth of eight children born to Elias Taza and Josephine Azouz. He completed his primary ...more

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Johann Adam Schall von Bell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Johann Adam Schall von Bell Missionary Johann Adam Schall von Bell was a German Jesuit and astronomer. He spent most of his life as a missionary in China and became an adviser to the Shunzhi Emperor of the Qing dynasty.

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Jorge Urosa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Jorge Urosa Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino is a Venezuelan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and political opositor to the contitutional and legitimate goverment. He currently serves as Archbishop of ...more

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Audrys Bačkis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Audrys Bačkis Audrys Juozas Bačkis is a Lithuanian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently is the Archbishop Emeritus of Vilnius, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

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Timothy Broglio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Timothy Broglio Timothy Paul Andrew Broglio is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as Archbishop for the Military Services, USA.

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Kieran Conry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Kieran Conry Kieran Thomas Conry is a Roman Catholic bishop. He was the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton from 2001 until his resignation in 2014.

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Giuseppe Pizzardo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Giuseppe Pizzardo Giuseppe Pizzardo was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church who served as prefect of the Congregation for Seminaries and Universities from 1939 to 1968, and Secretary of the Holy Office ...more

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Maximilian Kolbe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Priest, Publisher Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, located in ...more

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Salvatore Ronald Matano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Salvatore Ronald Matano Salvatore Ronald Matano is an American prelate of the Catholic Church serving as the Bishop of Rochester. He previously served as Bishop of Burlington.

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Allen Henry Vigneron is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Allen Henry Vigneron Allen Henry Vigneron is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the current Archbishop of Detroit and Ecclesiastical Superior of the Cayman Islands, having previously served as ...more

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John Hardon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
John Hardon John A. S. A. Hardon, S.J., Servant of God was an American Jesuit priest, writer, and theologian.

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Thomas Christopher Collins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Thomas Christopher Collins Thomas Christopher Collins is a Canadian cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the tenth and current Archbishop of Toronto, having previously served as Bishop of Saint Paul in Alberta and ...more

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Arthur J. Serratelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Arthur J. Serratelli Arthur Joseph Serratelli is the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson in northern New Jersey, USA.

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Joseph Francis Martino is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Joseph Francis Martino Joseph Francis Martino is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and the Bishop Emeritus of Scranton. He served as bishop of Scranton until his resignation was accepted by Pope ...more

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Bernard Lonergan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Philosopher Bernard Joseph Francis Lonergan, SJ, CC was a Canadian Jesuit priest, philosopher, and theologian, regarded by many as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Lonergan's works ...more

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Thomas Joseph Tobin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Thomas Joseph Tobin is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He serves as the eighth and current Bishop of Providence.

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Kevin C. Rhoades is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Kevin C. Rhoades Kevin Carl Rhoades is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, having served as Bishop of Harrisburg from 2004 to 2009.

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Adolfo Nicolás is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Pontifical Gregorian University Alumni
Adolfo Nicolás Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, S.J., S.T.D. is a Spanish priest of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the thirtieth and current Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the ...more