Famous Italian Priests

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 1 Girolamo Savonarola

Girolamo Savonarola
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: September 21, 1452
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: May 23, 1498
Distingusihed for his clash against corrupt clergy and with tyrranical rulers, Girolamo Savonarola became a moral dictator of the city of Florence. He earned a reputation for austerity and detested every form of pleasure that earned him powerful enemies.

 2 Benedict of Nursia

Benedict of Nursia
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 3, 0480
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norcia, Italy
Died: March 21, 0547
The only valid mention of Saint Benedict is found in the Dialogues of St. Gregory I. Of the many legends about him is the one in which he rolled himself against bushes to inflict wounds, just to escape the Devil who showed the image of a beautiful woman to him.

 3 Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi
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Famous As: Composer, String player & choirmaster
Birthdate: May 9, 1567
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: November 29, 1643

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian string player, composer, choirmaster, and priest. His pioneering work in the development of opera and his letters, which gives an insight into the life of Italian musicians from the era, makes him a significant historical figure. He is also considered an important transitional figure between the two important periods of music history, Renaissance and Baroque. 

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 4 Anselm of Canterbury

Anselm of Canterbury
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Famous As: Saint, Philosopher
Birthdate: 1033 AD
Birthplace: Aosta, Italy
Died: April 21, 1109

Owing to his quality classical education, Anselm of Canterbury became one of the finest Latinists of his time. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he resisted the English kings and was exiled. He is now remembered as a significant figure in the Investiture Controversy, which pitted the king against the pope.

 5 Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas
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Famous As: Philosopher, Theologian
Birthdate: January 25, 1225
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy
Died: March 7, 1274
Dominican friar and Catholic priest Thomas Aquinas was also a Doctor of the Church. He tried to mingle Aristotelian philosophy and Christianity. His works, including Summa Theologica and Disputed Questions on Truth, and his views on the Scriptures have been studied as prominent texts on theology, philosophy, and canon law.

 6 Matteo Ricci

Matteo Ricci
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: October 6, 1552
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy
Died: May 11, 1610

 7 Pope Linus

Pope Linus
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0010 AD
Birthplace: Volterra, Italy
Died: 0076 AD
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 8 Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus
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Famous As: 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople and theologian
Birthdate: 0329 AD
Birthplace: Nazianzus, Cappadocia, Turkey
Died: January 24, 0390

 9 Robert Bellarmine

Robert Bellarmine
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Famous As: Jesuit and a cardinal of the Catholic Church
Birthdate: October 4, 1542
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montepulciano, Italy
Died: September 17, 1621

Robert Bellarmine was an Italian Jesuit and cardinal of the Catholic Church. One of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation, he has been named a Doctor of the Church. He has also been canonized as a saint. He was a  professor of theology at the Roman College and later became its rector. He became Archbishop of Capua in 1602. 

 10 Pope Gregory IX

Pope Gregory IX
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Famous As: Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 19 March 1227 till his death
Birthdate: 1145 AD
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy
Died: August 22, 1241

 11 Erasmus of Formia

Erasmus of Formia
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Antakya, Turkey
Died: 0303 AD

 12 Lazzaro Spallanzani

Lazzaro Spallanzani
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Famous As: Priest, Biologist
Birthdate: January 12, 1729
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scandiano, Italy
Died: February 11, 1799

 13 Pope Leo XI

Pope Leo XI
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: June 2, 1535
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence
Died: April 27, 1605

 14 Carlo de' Medici

Carlo de' Medici
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 1428 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: May 29, 1492

 15 Saint Cajetan

Saint Cajetan
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Famous As: Catholic priest and religious reformer, co-founder of the Theatines
Birthdate: October 1, 1480
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
Died: August 7, 1547

Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene, better known as Saint Cajetan, was a Italian priest who co-established the Theatine order, thus becoming a significant figure of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also created what later became the Bank of Naples. He is the patron saint of Argentina, bankers, gamblers, and unemployed people.

 16 Pope Pius I

Pope Pius I
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Famous As: Was the Bishop of Rome from c. 140 to his death c. 154
Birthdate: September 7, 0081
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aquileia, Italy
Died: 0154 AD

 17 Pope Sixtus I

Pope Sixtus I
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Famous As: Bishop of Rome from c. 115 to his death
Birthdate: 0042 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0125 AD

 18 Eusebius of Caesarea

Eusebius of Caesarea
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Famous As: Historian, Bishop of Caesarea Maritima
Birthdate: 0265 AD
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel
Died: April 30, 0339

Eusebius of Caesarea was a historian of Christianity and Christian polemicist. He was a bishop of Caesarea Maritima and a scholar of the biblical canon.  As "Father of Church History," he wrote the Ecclesiastical History and a biographical work on Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor. He is regarded as one of the most learned Christians of his time.  

 19 Pope Zachary

Pope Zachary
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Famous As: Bishop of Rome from December 741 to 752
Birthdate: 0679 AD
Birthplace: Santa Severina, Italy
Died: March 15, 0752

 20 Gregorio Allegri

Gregorio Allegri
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 1582 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 7, 1652

 21 Bernardino of Siena

Bernardino of Siena
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: September 8, 1380
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Massa Marittima, Italy
Died: May 20, 1444

 22 Pio of Pietrelcina

Pio of Pietrelcina
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Birthdate: May 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pietrelcina
Died: September 23, 1968

Born Francesco Forgione, Pio of Pietrelcina changed his name after joining the Capuchin order at age 15. He later became famous for exhibiting stigmata, marks on his body symbolizing the wounds of Jesus. He is revered as the patron saint of adolescents and civil defense volunteers.

 23 John Bosco

John Bosco
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: January 31, 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

 24 Eusebio Kino

Eusebio Kino
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: August 10, 1645
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Predaia, Italy
Died: March 15, 1711

Eusebio Kino was a Tyrolean missionary, explorer, geographer, astronomer, and cartographer. Nicknamed Father Kino for his missionary work, Eusebio worked closely with the indigenous Native American people, including the Sobaipuri, Tohono O'Odham, and other Upper Piman populations, as part of his exploration. He also led an overland expedition in the Baja California Peninsula, proving that it is not an island.

 25 Ulfilas

Ulfilas
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: 0311 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0383 AD

 26 Camillus de Lellis

Camillus de Lellis
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: May 25, 1550
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Province of Chieti, Italy
Died: July 14, 1614

 27 Pope Boniface VIII

Pope Boniface VIII
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1230 AD
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy
Died: October 11, 1303

 28 Pope Nicholas II

Pope Nicholas II
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Famous As: Head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 24 January 1059 until his death
Birthdate: 0990 AD
Birthplace: Ch√Ęteau de Chevron, France
Died: July 27, 1061

 29 Pope John II

Pope John II
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 0470 AD
Birthplace: Rome
Died: May 8, 0535

 30 Pope Paul III

Pope Paul III
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: February 29, 1468
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Canino, Italy
Died: November 10, 1549

 31 Gerard Majella

Gerard Majella
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: April 9, 1726
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Muro Lucano, Italy
Died: October 16, 1755

 32 Gioffre Borgia

Gioffre Borgia
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Famous As: Illegitimate child of Pope Alexander VI
Birthdate: October 10, 1482
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome
Died: January 1, 1517

 33 Peter Lombard

Peter Lombard
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Famous As: Theologian, Bishop of Paris
Birthdate: 1096 AD
Birthplace: Lumellogno, Italy
Died: July 22, 1160

 34 Pope Alexander III

Pope Alexander III
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Famous As: Head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 7 September 1159 until his death
Birthdate: 1105 AD
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: August 30, 1181

 35 Constanzo Beschi

Constanzo Beschi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 8, 1680
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Died: February 4, 1747

 36 Pope Anastasius II

Pope Anastasius II
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Famous As: Bishop of Rome from 24 November 496 to his death
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 19, 0498

 37 Pope-elect Stephen

Pope-elect Stephen
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Famous As: Was a Roman priest selected in March 752
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 5, 0752

 38 Giuseppe Siri

Giuseppe Siri
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: May 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: May 2, 1989

 39 Pope Hormisdas

Pope Hormisdas
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Famous As: Former Pope
Birthdate: 0450 AD
Birthplace: Frosinone, Italy
Died: August 6, 0523

 40 Pope Sergius I

Pope Sergius I
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Famous As: Bishop of Rome from 15 December 687
Birthdate: 0650 AD
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: September 8, 0701

 41 Jason of Thessalonica

Jason of Thessalonica
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey

 42 Gabriele Falloppio

Gabriele Falloppio
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: 1523 AD
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: October 9, 1562

Sixteenth-century Italian anatomist Gabriele Falloppio was also a Catholic priest. Of his many discoveries, the most well-known are the tubes which link the ovaries to the uterus, named fallopian tubes. He was also the first to offer written description of a condom as a protective measure against syphilis.

 43 Pope Gregory XIV

Pope Gregory XIV
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Famous As: Former head of the Catholic Church
Birthdate: February 11, 1535
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Somma Lombardo, Italy
Died: October 16, 1591

 44 Pope Benedict IX

Pope Benedict IX
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1012 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1056 AD

 45 Alessandro Farnese

Alessandro Farnese
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: October 7, 1520
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: March 2, 1589

 46 Pope Gregory XIII

Pope Gregory XIII
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: January 7, 1502
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 10, 1585

 47 Odoric of Pordenone

Odoric of Pordenone
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: 1286 AD
Birthplace: Pordenone, Italy
Died: January 14, 1331

Odoric of Pordenone was an Italian Franciscan missionary explorer and friar. Odoric, who traveled far and wide, penned down the narrative of his travels, which are preserved even today in Italian, French, and Latin manuscripts. Many incredible accounts of Sir John Mandeville have proven to be merely distorted versions of Odoric's original eyewitness descriptions.

 48 Pope Formosus

Pope Formosus
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Famous As: Bishop of Rome
Birthdate: 0816 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: April 4, 0896

 49 Pope Sergius II

Pope Sergius II
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 27, 0847

 50 Pope Innocent VIII

Pope Innocent VIII
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Famous As: Pope
Birthdate: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: July 25, 1492