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List of Famous Cardinals

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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. {#nodes}
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  • Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. (; August 24, 1918 – December 12, 2008) was a Jesuit priest,...  more
  • Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu (French pronunciation: ​[aʁmɑ̃ ʒɑ̃ dy...  more

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  • William Joseph Levada (born June 15, 1936) is an American cardinal of the Roman Catholic...  more
  • Jaime Lachica Sin (Chinese: 辛海梅, 辛海棉; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sin Hái-mûi, Sin Hái-mî; August 31, 1928 –...  more
  • Gaudencio Rosales

    Gaudencio Borbon Rosales (born August 10, 1932) is a Roman Catholic Cardinal who was...  more
  • Cardinal Jules Mazarin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʒyl mazaʁɛ̃]; 14 July 1602 – 9 March...  more
  • Gasparo Contarini (16 October 1483 – 24 August 1542) was an Italian diplomat, cardinal and...  more
  • Francesco Maria Sforza Pallavicino (or Pallavicini) (28 November 1607, Rome – 5 June 1667,...  more
  • Francesco Barberini (23 September 1597 – 10 December 1679) was an Italian Catholic Cardinal....  more
  • Péter Pázmány, S.J. (also called de Panasz in some sources; Hungarian: panaszi Pázmány Péter,...  more
  • Pietro Bembo, O.S.I.H. (20 May 1470 – either 11 January or 18 January, 1547) was an Italian...  more
  • Carlo de' Medici (March 19, 1595 – June 17, 1666) was the son of Ferdinando I de' Medici,...  more
  • Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger

    Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ maʁi lystiʒe] (listen); 17 September...  more
  • Daniele Matteo Alvise Barbaro (also Barbarus) (8 February 1514 – 13 April 1570) was an Italian...  more
  • Giovanni di Cosimo I de' Medici (29 September 1544 – 20 November 1562), also known as Giovanni...  more
  • Pietro Aldobrandini (31 March 1571 – 10 February 1621) was an Italian cardinal and patron of...  more
  • Agostino Casaroli (24 November 1914 – 9 June 1998) was an Italian Catholic priest and diplomat...  more
  • Ippolito (II) d'Este (25 August 1509 – 2 December 1572) was an Italian cardinal and statesman....  more
  • Ascanio Maria Sforza Visconti (3 March 1455 – 28 May 1505) was an Italian Cardinal of the...  more
  • Flavio Chigi

    Flavio Chigi (8 September 1711 – 12 July 1771), Prince of Farnese, Duke of Ariccia and Prince...  more
  • Francesco Scipione Maria Borghese

    Francesco Scipione Maria Borghese (20 May 1697, in Rome – 21 June 1759, in Rome) was an...  more
  • Benedetto Pamphili (often with the final long i orthography, Pamphilj) (25 April 1653 – 22...  more
  • Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei (simplified Chinese: 龚品梅; traditional Chinese: 龔品梅; pinyin: Gōng Pǐnméi;...  more
  • Francis Arinze

    Francis Arinze (born 1 November 1932) is a Nigerian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He...  more
  • Rudolph Johann Joseph Rainier, Archduke of Austria, Cardinal and Archbishop of Olomouc (8...  more