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

List features people like Sinéad O'Connor and Martin Luther. Featuring Catholic priests and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known priests to the lesser known priests of today, these are some of the best professionals in the priest field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous priests ever?" and "What are the names of famous priests?" then you're in the right place. 
Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Priests
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Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II and was inaugurated on 24 April 2005. Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he ...more

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Priests
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Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after thirty-three days. Then-Cardinal Wojtyla was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted his predecessor's name out of tribute to the deceased former pontiff. In the years since his death, John Paul II has since been made a saint by the Church. He is referred to as Pope Saint John Paul II or Saint John Paul the Great, for example as a name for institutions. He was the second ...more

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Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Priests
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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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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Priests
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Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel, a Dominican friar, with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor. Luther taught ...more

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