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List of Famous Priests

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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. 
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  • Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Pope Benedict XVI (born 16 April 1927) is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as head of the Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict's election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title "pope emeritus" upon his resignation.Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger had 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 and professor of theology at several German universities, he was appointed Archbishop of... more on Wikipedia
  • Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II; born Karol Józef Wojtyła [ˈkarɔl ˈjuzɛv vɔjˈtɨwa]; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He was elected pope by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him. John Paul II is recognised as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Shuhada' Davitt (born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor , 8 December 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. As Sinéad O'Connor, she 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,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Priests
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    Martin Luther, , (; German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈlʊtɐ]; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce 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... more on Wikipedia
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