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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

Vincenzo Grimani is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Vincenzo Grimani was an Italian cardinal, diplomat, and opera librettist. Grimani was born either in Venice or Mantua. He is best remembered for having supplied the libretto for George Frideric ...more

Camillo Francesco Maria Pamphi... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Camillo Francesco Maria Pamphili was an Italian Catholic Cardinal and later nobleman of the Pamphili family. His name is often spelled with the final long i orthography; Pamphilj.

Seán Patrick O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Seán Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap, is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church serving as the Archbishop of Boston. O'Malley is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, commonly ...more

Antonio Barberini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Antonio Barberini was an Italian Catholic cardinal, Archbishop of Reims, military leader, patron of the arts and a prominent member of the House of Barberini. As one of the cardinal-nephews of ...more

Carlo Borromeo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Carlo Borromeo Charles Borromeo was a cardinal who was archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584. Among the great reformers of the troubled sixteenth century, Borromeo, with St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip ...more

Ippolito d'Este is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ippolito d'Este was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal, and Archbishop of Esztergom. He was a member of the House of Este.

Rufino Santos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Rufino Santos 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.

Jose Tomas Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Jose Tomas Sanchez was a Filipino cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who held several posts in the Roman Curia, the highest of which was Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy from ...more

Latino Malabranca Orsini is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Latino Malabranca Orsini Latino Malabranca Orsini was an Italian cardinal-nephew of Pope Nicholas III.

Antonio Marcello Barberini is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Antonio Marcello Barberini was an Italian cardinal and the younger brother of Maffeo Barberini, later Pope Urban VIII. He is sometimes referred to as Antonio the Elder to distinguish him from ...more

Pietro Ottoboni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Pietro Ottoboni Pietro Ottoboni was an Italian cardinal and grandnephew of Pope Alexander VIII. He is remembered especially as a great patron of music and art. Ottoboni was the last person to hold the curial ...more

Robert-Joseph Coffy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Robert Joseph Coffy was a Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Marseille.

John Wu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
John Wu John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung was the fifth Bishop of Hong Kong's Catholic church and a Cardinal. He was a member of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Pontifical Council for ...more

Raffaele Farina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Raffaele Farina 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

Alfonso López Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Alfonso López Trujillo Alfonso López Trujillo was a Colombian Cardinal Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Ignatius Gabriel I Tappouni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Ignatius Gabriel I Tappouni Mar Ignatius Gabriel I Tappouni was a leading prelate of the Syriac Catholic Church. He served as Patriarch of Antioch from 1929 to 1968, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1935.

Manuel Arteaga y Betancourt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Manuel Arteaga y Betancourt was a Cuban Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Havana from 1941 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1946 by Pope ...more

Paul Melchers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Paul Melchers Paul Melchers was a Cardinal and Archbishop of Cologne. At the height of the Kulturkampf he took refuge in the Netherlands.

Theodor Innitzer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Theodor Innitzer was Archbishop of Vienna and a cardinal in the Latin Rite branch of the Catholic Church.

Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian Krikor Bedros XV Aghajanian was a Cardinal of the Catholic Church and leader of the Armenian Catholic Church. He served as Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia from 1937–62, and Prefect of the ...more

Emmanuel III Delly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Emmanuel III Delly Mar Emmanuel III Delly was the Patriarch Emeritus of Babylon of the Chaldeans and former Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic sui juris Particular church of the Catholic ...more

Isidoro Verga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Isidoro Verga Isidoro Verga was an Italian canon lawyer and Cardinal. He was created cardinal in 1884, and became bishop of Albano and Apostolic Penitentiary in 1896, and given the titular church of San

Julio Rosales is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Julio Rosales Julio Rosales y Ras also known as Julio Rosales, the second Archbishop of Cebu, was a Filipino cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. A native of Calbayog, he made his studies at the Seminary of ...more

Odoardo Farnese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Odoardo Farnese was an Italian nobleman, the second son of Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma and Maria of Portugal, known for his patronage of the arts. He became a Cardinal of the Roman ...more

Jorge Medina is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Cardinals
Jorge Medina Jorge Arturo Agustín Medina Estévez is a Chilean Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Cardinal Protodeacon until February 23, 2007, and is Prefect Emeritus of the ...more