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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. 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

Cardinal Richelieu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu and of Fronsac was a French clergyman, noble and statesman. He was consecrated as a bishop in 1607 and was appointed Foreign Secretary in 1616. ...more

William Levada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
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

Jaime Sin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Jaime Lachica Sin DD, PLH, OS, OL was the 30th Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, and was also a Cardinal. Of Chinese Filipino descent, Sin was known for his instrumental role in the 1986 ...more

Gaudencio Rosales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Gaudencio Rosales Gaudencio Borbon Rosales is a Roman Catholic Cardinal who was Archbishop of Manila, succeeding Jaime Sin in 2003, and followed by Luis Antonio Tagle in 2011. He was also Metropolitan of the ...more

Cardinal Mazarin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
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

Gasparo Contarini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Gasparo Contarini was an Italian diplomat, cardinal and Bishop of Belluno. He was one of the first proponents of the dialogue with Protestants, after the Reformation.

Pietro Sforza Pallavicino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Pietro Sforza Pallavicino, Italian cardinal and historian, son of the Marquis Alessandro Pallavicino of Parma. Having taken holy orders in 1630, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1638, he ...more

Francesco Barberini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francesco Barberini was an Italian Catholic Cardinal. The nephew of Pope Urban VIII, he benefited immensely from the nepotism practiced by his uncle. He was given various roles within the ...more

Péter Pázmány is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Péter Pázmány, S.J., was a Hungarian Jesuit who was a noted philosopher, theologian, cardinal, pulpit orator and statesman. He was an important figure in the ...more

Pietro Bembo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Pietro Bembo, O.S.I.H. was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language, ...more

Carlo de' Medici is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Carlo de' Medici was the son of Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Christina of Lorraine. Born in Florence, he had a successful career in the Church, rising to become Cardinal ...more

Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger was a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Paris from 1981 until his resignation in 2005. He was created cardinal in 1983 by Pope John

Daniele Barbaro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Daniele Matteo Alvise Barbaro was an Italian translator of, and commentator on, Vitruvius. He also had a significant ecclesiastical career, reaching the rank of Cardinal. He was born in Venice, ...more

Giovanni de' Medici is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Giovanni di Cosimo I de' Medici, 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 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 Ferrara in 1598 when it fell to the ...more

Agostino Casaroli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Agostino Casaroli was an Italian Catholic priest and diplomat for the Holy See, who became Cardinal Secretary of State. He was the most important figure behind the Vatican's efforts to deal with ...more

Ippolito II d'Este is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ippolito d'Este 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 is perhaps best known for his ...more

Ascanio Sforza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ascanio Maria Sforza Visconti was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Generally known as a skilled diplomat who played a major role in the election of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander ...more

Flavio Chigi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Flavio Chigi Flavio Chigi, 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 family, nephew of Fabio Chigi, ...more

Francesco Scipione Maria Borgh... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francesco Scipione Maria Borghese Francesco Scipione Maria Borghese was an Italian cardinal from the Borghese family. He was elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict XIII in the consistory of 6 July 1729.

Benedetto Pamphili is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Benedetto Pamphili 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 was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shanghai, China, from 1950 until his death. He spent 30 years in Chinese prisons for defying attempts by China's Communist government to ...more

Francis Arinze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Francis Arinze Francis Arinze is an Igbo Nigerian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, having served as ...more

Rudolf Cardinal von Habsburg-L... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Rudolph Johannes Joseph Rainier von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke and Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia was a Cardinal, an Archbishop of Olmütz, and a member ...more