Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s prime influence comes from his status as Shi’ism’s leading marjah al-taqlid. Born in Mashad, Iran, the young Ali began studying the Koran as a youthful prodigy at the age of five. Sistani was said to be of the “quietist” school of Islamic tradition. The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani is undoubtedly now the most powerful man in Iraq. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Biography and Profile.
Dalai Lama born 6 July 1935, Taktser, Tibet (now People’s Republic of China). The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1950, at 16, His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power as Head of State and Government when Tibet was threatened by the might of China. In 1959 he was forced into exile in India after the Chinese military occupation of Tibet. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Lhamo Thondup Biography and Profile.
Ruhollah Mousavi whose given name means “inspired of God” was born into a family of Shi’ite religious scholars in the small Iranian village of Khomein. When Ha’iri died in the 1930s, the Ayatollah Boroujerdi succeeded him as the most important Islamic figure in Qom. Khomeini is also well known for releasing a fatwa (a legal document issued by a Muslim cleric) calling for the death of Indian-British author Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses in 1989. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Biography.
Peter Tabichi (Peter Mokaya Tabichi), born 1982, is a Kenyan science teacher and Franciscan friar at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. Peter Tabichi is the winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Peter Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. Peter Mokaya Tabichi Biography and Profile.
Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Pacelli (Pope Pius XII), was born in Rome on March 2, 1876, son of Virginia Graziosi and Filippo Pacelli. This is a family very much involved in the juridical offices of the Roman Curia. Some Jews have accused Pius XII, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, of being indifferent to the Holocaust and not speaking out against Hitler. His supporters consider him a holy man who worked behind the scenes to help Jews throughout Europe. Read Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Pacelli Biography and Profile.
George Pell was born on 8 June 1941 in Ballarat and grew up in the western Victorian city, where he attended the Loreto and St Patrick’s colleges. The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell rose from those humble beginnings in Australia to become one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, equally admired and feared in gilded Vatican halls for his forthright manner. Read Cardinal George Pell Biography and Profile.
Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 to February 21, 1965) was a minister, human rights activist and prominent black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and 1960s. Due largely to his efforts, the Nation of Islam grew from a mere 400 members at the time he was released from prison in 1952 to 40,000 members by 1960. Read Malcolm X Biography and Profile.
Born in Germany in 1927, Pope Benedict XVI grew up under war reparations from World War I, as the Nazi regime was gaining power. Benedict XVI served as pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013. He is best known for his rigid views on Catholicism and topics such as birth control and homosexuality. Read Pope Benedict XVI Biography.