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

This is a list that features people like Cardinal Mazarin and Cardinal Richelieu.

From reputable, prominent, and well known cardinals to the lesser known cardinals of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cardinal field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cardinals ever?" and "What are the names of famous cardinals?" then you're in the right place. (93 items)
Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. (; August 24, 1918 – December 12, 2008) was a Jesuit priest, theologian and cardinal of the Catholic Church. Dulles served on the faculty of Woodstock College from 1960 ...more
Cardinal Richelieu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu (French pronunciation: ​[aʁmɑ̃ ʒɑ̃ dy plɛsi]; 9 September 1585 – 4 December 1642), commonly referred to as Cardinal Richelieu (UK: , US: ; ...more
William Levada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
William Joseph Levada (born June 15, 1936) 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 ...more
Jaime Sin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Jaime Lachica Sin (Chinese: 辛海梅, 辛海棉; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sin Hái-mûi, Sin Hái-mî; August 31, 1928 – June 21, 2005) was the 30th Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, and was ...more
Gaudencio Rosales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Gaudencio Rosales
Gaudencio Borbon Rosales (born August 10, 1932) is a Roman Catholic Cardinal who was Archbishop of Manila, succeeding Jaime Sin in 2003, and succeeded by Luis Antonio Tagle in 2011. Being the ...more
Cardinal Mazarin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Cardinal Jules Mazarin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʒyl mazaʁɛ̃]; 14 July 1602 – 9 March 1661), born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino (Italian: [ˈdʒuːljo raiˈmondo madːzaˈriːno]) or Mazarini, was an ...more
Gasparo Contarini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Gasparo Contarini (16 October 1483 – 24 August 1542) was an Italian diplomat, cardinal and Bishop of Belluno. He was one of the first proponents of the dialogue with Protestants, after the ...more
Pietro Sforza Pallavicin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francesco Maria Sforza Pallavicino (or Pallavicini) (28 November 1607, Rome – 5 June 1667, Rome), was an Italian cardinal and historian of the Council of Trent. He used the name Sforza ...more
Francesco Barberini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francesco Barberini (23 September 1597 – 10 December 1679) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal. The nephew of Pope Urban VIII (reigned 1623–1644), he benefited immensely from the nepotism practiced ...more
Péter Pázm... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Péter Pázmány, S.J. (also called de Panasz in some sources; Hungarian: panaszi Pázmány Péter, pronounced [ˈpɒnɒsi ˈpaːzmaːɲ ˈpeːtɛr]; Latin: Petrus ...more
Pietro Bembo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Pietro Bembo, O.S.I.H. (20 May 1470 – either 11 January or 18 January, 1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an ...more
Carlo de' Medici is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Carlo de' Medici (March 19, 1595 – June 17, 1666) was the son of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Christina of Lorraine.
Jean-Marie Cardinal Lust... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger
Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ maʁi lystiʒe] (listen); 17 September 1926 – 5 August 2007) was a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Paris ...more
Daniele Barbaro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Daniele Matteo Alvise Barbaro (also Barbarus) (8 February 1514 – 13 April 1570) was an Italian architect, writer on architecture, and translator of, and commentator on, Vitruvius. He also had a ...more
Giovanni de' Medici is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Giovanni di Cosimo I de' Medici (29 September 1544 – 20 November 1562), also known as Giovanni de' Medici the Younger, was an Italian cardinal.
Pietro Aldobrandini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Pietro Aldobrandini (31 March 1571 – 10 February 1621) was an Italian cardinal and patron of the arts. He was made a cardinal in 1593 by his uncle, Pope Clement VIII. He took over the duchy of ...more
Agostino Casaroli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Agostino Casaroli (24 November 1914 – 9 June 1998) was an Italian Catholic priest and diplomat for the Holy See, who became Cardinal Secretary of State. He was the most important figure behind ...more
Ippolito II d'Este is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ippolito (II) d'Este (25 August 1509 – 2 December 1572) was an Italian cardinal and statesman. He was a member of the House of Este, and nephew of the other Ippolito d'Este, also a cardinal. He ...more
Ascanio Sforza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ascanio Maria Sforza Visconti (3 March 1455 – 28 May 1505) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Generally known as a skilled diplomat who played a major role in the election of ...more
Flavio Chigi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Flavio Chigi
Flavio Chigi (8 September 1711 – 12 July 1771), Prince of Farnese, Duke of Ariccia and Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal. He was a member of the noble Chigi ...more
Francesco Scipione Maria... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francesco Scipione Maria Borghese
Francesco Scipione Maria Borghese (20 May 1697, in Rome – 21 June 1759, in Rome) was an Italian cardinal from the Borghese family. He was elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict XIII in the ...more
Benedetto Pamphili is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Benedetto Pamphili (often with the final long i orthography, Pamphilj) (25 April 1653 – 22 March 1730) was an Italian cardinal, patron of the arts, composer and librettist.
Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei (simplified Chinese: 龚品梅; traditional Chinese: 龔品梅; pinyin: Gōng Pǐnméi; Wade–Giles: Kung P'in-mei; 2 August 1901 – 12 March 2000) was the Catholic Bishop of ...more
Francis Arinze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francis Arinze
Francis Arinze (born 1 November 1932) is a Nigerian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 2002 to ...more
Rudolf Cardinal von Habs... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Rudolph Johann Joseph Rainier, Archduke of Austria, Cardinal and Archbishop of Olomouc (8 January 1788 – 24 July 1831), was a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and an Austrian clergyman ...more