List of famous priests with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Priests and priestesses have existed since the ancient times, from the simplest societies, to hamlets and royal families. A priest is a person who is authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion and acts as intercessor between humans and one or numerous deities. In order to attain priesthood, an individual has to go through a complex process of introspection, education and sacraments. Some of the ancient priests and priestesses acted as bureaucrats on behalf of kings and were also given the responsibility to staff temples, give offerings and perform other religious rituals. In places like Italy, priesthood was only attained by Roman matrons and the elite. During the onset of Christianity, there was a sudden growth in the formation of Catholic Churches since the 3rd century and priests headed churches and were appointed as the ones in authority to act on behalf of Christ. Although Islam does not hold the office or the title of ‘priest’, they do have the title of ‘mullahs’, which translates to ‘cleric’ and in layman’s terms; priests. They are not necessarily religious, but are highly educated respected individuals in the society. Hindu priests, often known as ‘pujaris’ or ‘purohits’ and belong to the ‘Brahmin’ caste and are ordained as priests after a period of training. Not only do these priests perform rituals in temples but also perform rituals pertaining to weddings, funerals and other services. Here is a list of famous priests. Go through their biographies, which include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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James Smith BushJames Smith Bush
(American)
Matthew FoxMatthew Fox
(American)
T. D. JakesT. D. Jakes
(American)

Pope Gregory IPope Gregory I
(Italian)
XuanzangXuanzang
(Chinese)
Pope Boniface VIIIPope Boniface VIII
(Italian)

Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
(Polish)
Pope Leo XPope Leo X
(Italian)
Ted HaggardTed Haggard
(American)

Saint LawrenceSaint Lawrence
(Spanish)
Mark the EvangelistMark the Evangelist
(Libyan)
Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
(French)

IrenaeusIrenaeus
(Turkish,Ancient Roman)
Pope Pius IXPope Pius IX
(Italian)
Pope Clement VIIPope Clement VII
(Italian)

Pope Innocent IIIPope Innocent III
(Italian)
Miguel Hidalgo y CostillaMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla
(Mexican)
Eddie LongEddie Long
(American)

CaiaphasCaiaphas
(Israeli)
PolycarpPolycarp
(Turkish)
Pope Clement IPope Clement I
(Italian)

Prince Frederick, Duke of York and AlbanyPrince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
(British)
Pope Benedict IXPope Benedict IX
(Italian)
Judas MaccabeusJudas Maccabeus
(Israeli)

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Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
(French,Italian)
Pope Leo XIIIPope Leo XIII
(Italian)
Pope Leo IPope Leo I
(Italian)

Max LucadoMax Lucado
(American)
Simon MagusSimon Magus
(Ancient Roman)
Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
(Spanish)

Pope Paul IIIPope Paul III
(Italian)
Pope LinusPope Linus
(Italian)
Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke
(American)

Richard RohrRichard Rohr
(American)
John SentamuJohn Sentamu
(British)
John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Syrian)

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
(Syrian)
Pope Clement VPope Clement V
(French)
Pope Sixtus IVPope Sixtus IV
(Italian)

Pope Gregory XIIIPope Gregory XIII
(Italian)
Yusuf EstesYusuf Estes
(American)
Pope Leo IIIPope Leo III
(Italian)

Diane HegartyDiane Hegarty
(American)
Pope Gregory IXPope Gregory IX
(Italian)
Jozef TisoJozef Tiso
(Slovak)

Pope Celestine VPope Celestine V
(Italian)
Peter the HermitPeter the Hermit
(French)
Pope FormosusPope Formosus
(Italian)

Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
(Spanish)
Pope Innocent IPope Innocent I
(Italian)
Pope Innocent VIIIPope Innocent VIII
(Italian)

Pope Tawadros II of AlexandriaPope Tawadros II of Alexandria
(Egyptian)
Pope Pius VPope Pius V
(Italian)
Marcial MacielMarcial Maciel
(Mexican)

Pope Pius IIIPope Pius III
(Italian)
Gianna Beretta MollaGianna Beretta Molla
(Italian)
ManethoManetho
(Egyptian)

Pope Innocent IVPope Innocent IV
(Italian)
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
(American)
Daniel BerriganDaniel Berrigan
(American)

NestoriusNestorius
(Egyptian)
Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
(American)
Pope AnacletusPope Anacletus
(Italian)

Didacus of AlcaláDidacus of Alcalá
(Spanish)
Pope Pius IPope Pius I
(Italian)
Pope John XXIIPope John XXII
(French)

Pope Paul IIPope Paul II
(Italian)
Pope Alexander IIIPope Alexander III
(Italian)
Pope Pius VIIPope Pius VII
(Italian)

Pope Honorius IIIPope Honorius III
(Italian)
Greg BoyleGreg Boyle
(American)
Pope Gelasius IPope Gelasius I
(Italian)

Pope Pius VIPope Pius VI
(Italian)
Pope Stephen VIPope Stephen VI
(Italian)
George CareyGeorge Carey
(British)

Pope John XXIPope John XXI
(Portuguese)
Pope Anastasius IPope Anastasius I
(Italian)
Pope Julius IIIPope Julius III
(Italian)