Who Are Some of the Most Famous Roman Catholic Priests?


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Some of the most famous Roman Catholic priests are Pope Francis and Padre Pio. Pope Francis is the head of the Roman Catholic Church as of November 2015, and Padre Pio was a 21st century priest and mystic who was declared a saint in 2002.

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Elected pope after Pope Benedict XVI's resignation in 2013, Pope Francis is the first pope from South America. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina, Pope Francis became a Jesuit priest in 1969 and in 1998, he became Archbishop of Buenos Aires and headed Argentina's Catholic Church from 2001 until his election as pope. The pope is a progressive reformer who shuns pomp and the material trappings of the papacy.

Born in 1887 in Italy, Padre Pio was a Franciscan Capuchin monk best known for having stigmata, which are wounds that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, an affliction he endured from the age of 31 until his death in 1968 at the age of 81. The blood from his stigmata reportedly smelled of flowers. As a mystic, he had the gifts of healing, prophecy and miracles. His incorruptible body is on display at the Church of Saint Pio in Italy.

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