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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Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
(Polish)
Matthew FoxMatthew Fox
(American)

Pope Leo XPope Leo X
(Italian)
T. D. JakesT. D. Jakes
(American)
Pope Clement VIIPope Clement VII
(Italian)

Pope Gregory IPope Gregory I
(Italian)
Ted HaggardTed Haggard
(American)
XuanzangXuanzang
(Chinese)

PolycarpPolycarp
(Turkish)
Mark the EvangelistMark the Evangelist
(Libyan)
Pope Sixtus IVPope Sixtus IV
(Italian)

Pope Pius IXPope Pius IX
(Italian)
CaiaphasCaiaphas
(Israeli)
Pope Innocent IIIPope Innocent III
(Italian)

IrenaeusIrenaeus
(Turkish,Ancient Roman)
Miguel Hidalgo y CostillaMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla
(Mexican)
Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
(French)

Pope Boniface VIIIPope Boniface VIII
(Italian)
Prince Frederick, Duke of York and AlbanyPrince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
(British)
Pope Clement IPope Clement I
(Italian)

Pope Leo XIIIPope Leo XIII
(Italian)
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
(French,Italian)
Saint LawrenceSaint Lawrence
(Spanish)

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Eddie LongEddie Long
(American)
Richard RohrRichard Rohr
(American)
Pope LinusPope Linus
(Italian)

Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
(Spanish)
Simon MagusSimon Magus
(Ancient Roman)
Jozef TisoJozef Tiso
(Slovak)

Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke
(American)
Max LucadoMax Lucado
(American)
Pope Leo IPope Leo I
(Italian)

Pope Benedict IXPope Benedict IX
(Italian)
Pope Paul IIIPope Paul III
(Italian)
Saint SavaSaint Sava
(Serbian)

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
(Syrian)
Marcial MacielMarcial Maciel
(Mexican)
Judas MaccabeusJudas Maccabeus
(Israeli)

Pope Gregory XIIIPope Gregory XIII
(Italian)
Pope FormosusPope Formosus
(Italian)
Pope Paul IIPope Paul II
(Italian)

Yusuf EstesYusuf Estes
(American)
John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Syrian)
Pope Leo IIIPope Leo III
(Italian)

James Smith BushJames Smith Bush
(American)
Pope Clement VPope Clement V
(French)
Greg BoyleGreg Boyle
(American)

Pope Pius VPope Pius V
(Italian)
Pope Innocent VIIIPope Innocent VIII
(Italian)
Pope Gelasius IPope Gelasius I
(Italian)

Peter the HermitPeter the Hermit
(French)
Pope Tawadros II of AlexandriaPope Tawadros II of Alexandria
(Egyptian)
Pope Gregory IXPope Gregory IX
(Italian)

Pope John IIPope John II
(Italian)
Pope AnacletusPope Anacletus
(Italian)
Gianna Beretta MollaGianna Beretta Molla
(Italian)

ManethoManetho
(Egyptian)
Pope Nicholas VPope Nicholas V
(Italian)
Pope Pius VIIPope Pius VII
(Italian)

Pope Pius VIPope Pius VI
(Italian)
Pope Celestine VPope Celestine V
(Italian)
Daniel BerriganDaniel Berrigan
(American)

John SentamuJohn Sentamu
(British)
Robert RuncieRobert Runcie
(British)
Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
(Spanish)

John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
(American)
Pope Stephen VIPope Stephen VI
(Italian)
Pope MiltiadesPope Miltiades
(Egyptian)

Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
(American)
Diane HegartyDiane Hegarty
(American)
Pope FabianPope Fabian
(Italian)

Pope Alexander IIIPope Alexander III
(Italian)
Pope John XXIIPope John XXII
(French)
NestoriusNestorius
(Egyptian)

Pope Sixtus VPope Sixtus V
(Italian)
George CareyGeorge Carey
(British)
Pope Innocent IVPope Innocent IV
(Italian)