Famous German Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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 1 Martin Luther

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Famous As: Father of Protestantism and Church Reformer
Birthdate: November 10, 1483
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: February 18, 1546

German monk Martin Luther challenged the dogmas of Roman Catholicism and the authority of the pope, in his Ninety-five Theses, and was thus excommunicated. His German translation of the Bible enriched the German culture, and his marriage set an example for clerical marriage. His teachings are now known as Lutherans.

 2 Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: April 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Pope Benedict XVI started off as a Hitler Youth member, but a finger injury prevented him from fighting in the German army. In 2005, he became the head of the Catholic Church. The liberal theologian-turned-conservative resigned in 2013, becoming the first pope to do so since the 1400s.
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 3 Eckhart Tolle

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Famous As: Spiritual Speaker & Author
Birthdate: February 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Spiritual and self-help writer Eckhart Tolle is best known for his bestselling books The Power of Now and A New Earth. He collaborated with Oprah Winfrey, appearing in 10 live webinars and was also named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. He also launched Eckhart Teachings and the website Eckhart Tolle TV.

 4 Hildegard of Bingen

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 16, 1098
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: September 17, 1179

Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, Christian mystic, visionary, philosopher, polymath, and Benedictine abbess of the High Middle Ages. Apart from being the most-recorded composers of sacred monophony in modern history, Hildegard of Bingen is also widely regarded as the founder of scientific natural history.

 5 Albertus Magnus

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 1205 AD
Nationality: German
Died: November 15, 1280

Albertus Magnus was a friar, bishop, and philosopher. Regarded by some as the greatest German theologian and philosopher of the Middle Ages, Albertus' writings have inspired the iconography of the archivolts and tympanum of the 13th-century portal of Strasbourg Cathedral. Remembered for his contribution to academics, several education institutions have been named after Albertus Magnus.

 6 George Muller

George Muller
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: German

George Muller was a Christian evangelist. He was one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren movement and the director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. He is credited to have cared for over 10,000 orphans during his lifetime. He also opened numerous schools. Following his death, his work was continued by The George Müller Foundation. 

 7 Elizabeth of Hungary

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: July 7, 1207
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, Hungarian
Died: November 17, 1231
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 8 Pope Adrian VI

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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: March 2, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, Dutch
Died: September 14, 1523

 9 Martin Franz Julius Luther

Martin Franz Julius Luther
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Birthdate: December 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: May 13, 1945

 10 Clemens August Graf von Galen

Clemens August Graf von Galen
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: March 16, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: March 22, 1946

 11 Therese Neumann

Therese Neumann
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Famous As: Stigmatic
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: September 18, 1962

 12 Shlomo Carlebach

Shlomo Carlebach
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Birthdate: January 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: October 20, 1994

 13 Pope Gregory V

Pope Gregory V
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0972 AD
Nationality: German, Italian
Died: February 9, 0999

 14 Nicolaus Zinzendorf

Nicolaus Zinzendorf
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Famous As: German religious leader
Birthdate: May 26, 1700
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: May 9, 1760

 15 Martin Bucer

Martin Bucer
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 11, 1491
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: February 28, 1551

 16 Bruno of Cologne

Bruno of Cologne
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: 1030 AD
Nationality: German
Died: October 6, 1101

 17 Pope Damasus II

Pope Damasus II
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: German, Italian
Died: August 9, 1048

 18 Pope Victor II

Pope Victor II
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1018 AD
Nationality: German
Died: July 28, 1057

 19 Samson Raphael Hirsch

Samson Raphael Hirsch
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Famous As: Rabbi, Translator
Birthdate: June 20, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: December 31, 1888

 20 Michael von Faulhaber

Michael von Faulhaber
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: March 5, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: June 12, 1952

 21 Rabanus Maurus

Rabanus Maurus
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 0780 AD
Nationality: German
Died: February 4, 0856

 22 Pope Clement II

Pope Clement II
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1005 AD
Nationality: German
Died: October 9, 1047

 23 Abraham Geiger

Abraham Geiger
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Famous As: Historian, Rabbi, University teacher
Birthdate: May 24, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: October 23, 1874

 24 Heinrich Suso

Heinrich Suso
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 21, 1295
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: January 25, 1366

 25 Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst
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Famous As: Writer, Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest
Birthdate: November 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 26 Jacob Emden

Jacob Emden
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: June 4, 1697
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: April 19, 1776

 27 Ulrich of Augsburg

Ulrich of Augsburg
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0890 AD
Nationality: German
Died: July 4, 0973

 28 Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg

Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: February 8, 1744
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: February 10, 1817

 29 August Hermann Francke

August Hermann Francke
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: March 22, 1663
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: June 8, 1727

 30 Saint Bruno the Great

Saint Bruno the Great
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: 0925 AD
Nationality: German
Died: October 11, 0965

 31 George Rapp

George Rapp
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: November 1, 1757
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: August 7, 1847

 32 Thietmar of Merseburg

Thietmar of Merseburg
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Famous As: Chronicler
Birthdate: July 25, 0975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: December 1, 1018

 33 Johann Albrecht Bengel

Johann Albrecht Bengel
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Famous As: Clergyman
Birthdate: June 24, 1687
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: November 2, 1752

 34 Eleazar of Worms

Eleazar of Worms
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 1176 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1238 AD

 35 Michael Stifel

Michael Stifel
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Famous As: Monk
Birthdate: 1487 AD
Nationality: German
Died: April 19, 1567

 36 Johannes Rebmann

Johannes Rebmann
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: January 16, 1820
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: October 4, 1876

 37 Johann Arndt

Johann Arndt
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: December 27, 1555
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: May 11, 1621

 38 Zecharias Frankel

Zecharias Frankel
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: September 30, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: February 13, 1875

 39 Conrad Beissel

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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: March 1, 1691
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: July 6, 1768

 40 Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller

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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 1579 AD
Nationality: German
Died: August 19, 1654

 41 Benno

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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 1010 AD
Nationality: German
Died: June 16, 1106

 42 Barbara von Krüdener

Barbara von Krüdener
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Famous As: Mystic
Birthdate: November 22, 1764
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: December 25, 1824

 43 Hans Denck

Hans Denck
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1495 AD
Nationality: German
Died: November 27, 1527

 44 Ernst Gutting

Ernst Gutting
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Famous As: Theologian, Catholic priest
Birthdate: January 30, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: September 27, 2013

 45 Wolfgang Capito

Wolfgang Capito
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Famous As: Religious reformer
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Nationality: German
Died: November 4, 1541

 46 Gunther Plaut

Gunther Plaut
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: November 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, German
Died: February 8, 2012

 47 Ebbo

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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: 0775 AD
Nationality: German
Died: March 20, 0851

 48 Johann Georg Gichtel

Johann Georg Gichtel
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Famous As: Mystic
Birthdate: March 14, 1638
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: January 21, 1710

 49 Samuel Holdheim

Samuel Holdheim
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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: 1806 AD
Nationality: German
Died: August 22, 1860

 50 Joseph Hergenröther

Joseph Hergenröther
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 15, 1824
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: October 3, 1890