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

This list has a variety of people in it, from Sinéad O'Connor to John Witherspoon.

From reputable, prominent, and well known clergys to the lesser known clergys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the clergy field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous clergys ever?" and "What are the names of famous clergys?" then you're in the right place. (218 items)
Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Clergy
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Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures—such as her ordination as a priest despite being a woman with a Roman Catholic background—and her strongly expressed views on organised religion, women's rights, war, and child abuse. In addition to her ten solo albums her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists and ...more

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Pope Pius XII is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Clergy
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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 Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, papal nuncio to Germany, and Cardinal Secretary of State, in which capacity he worked to conclude treaties with European and Latin American nations, most notably the Reichskonkordat with Nazi Germany, with which most historians believe the Vatican sought to protect the Church in Germany while Adolf Hitler sought the destruction of "political Catholicism". A pre-war critic of Nazism, Pius XII lobbied world leaders to avoid war and, as Pope at the outbreak of war, ...more

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Akhmad Kadyrov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Clergy
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Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov, also spelled Akhmat, was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second Chechen War he switched sides, offering his service to the Russian government, and later became the President of the Chechen Republic from 5 October 2003, acting as head of administration since July 2000. On 9 May 2004, he was assassinated by Chechen Islamists in Grozny, using a bomb blast during a World War II memorial victory parade. His son, Ramzan Kadyrov, who led his father's militia, became one of his successors in March 2007 as the President of the Chechen Republic. ...more

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Shoko Asahara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clergy
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Shoko Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto on March 2, 1955, is a founder of the Japanese new religious group Aum Shinrikyo. He was convicted of masterminding the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and several other crimes, for which he was sentenced to death in 2004. In June 2012, his execution was postponed due to further arrests of Aum Shinrikyo members. ...more

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