In recent years, there have been a lot of debates going around the significance of religious leaders in the modern world. Are they being the right social representatives of their community or not? If you flip back the history or the religious books, you will easily discover that religious leaders then played a pivotal in drawing people towards a particular religion in the first place. Not just then, even today, we see them as the guiding path to a better life. Be it the pope, the pastors or the televangelists, they define the true meaning of religious teachings and answer all the queries of how to live life in today’s world. If they are good leaders of their respective religion, they can be incredibly motivating for the entire nation.
|People’s Republic of China||Buddhist|
|2||Pope John Paul II||Poland||Christianity|
|3||Pope Benedict XVI||Germany||Christianity|
|9||Pope Paul VI||Italy||Christianity|
|10||Thomas S. Monson||US||Christianity|
But, are the male/female religious leaders of today doing justice to their position? Some of them are, as here we list 10 Most Known Religious Leaders in the World-
Today, Dalai Lama is the spiritual head of more than 80,000 Tibetans residing in exile in India, Dharamshala. Over the decades, he has motived people on the path of happiness through his valuable teachings, and books. Today, he is considered symbolic to non-violence and peaceful humanity in the world. He is known for his oratorical and charismatic personality, taking the world forward. So, today, he is one of the most respected religious leaders.
2.Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II was the second longest serving pope in the Vatican city. He had the best Christian leadership. During his tenure as a pontificate, he played a pivotal role in improving the ties with Eastern Orthodox Church, the Judaism, and the Communion. He was the most traveled people in the world and beatified over 1340 people from across the globe.
3.Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI served as the pope in the holy city of Christianity, from 2005 to 2013. His was elected at an age of 78, therefore he was the oldest pope. He holds tough views on a variety of social topics, like the birth control on the global scale, and homosexuality. He has written around 66 books, describing all the teachings and values of Christianity, along with the true meaning of life as one of the best church leaders
Ali Khamenei is the second & the present supreme head of Iran, serving since 1989. Born in a poor family, he is an Islamic scholar, who taught the world how to live a simple & satisfied life. Also, rated as one of the finest Islamic religious leaders.
Pope Francis is the 266th & the current pope, influencing the world via his views on Christianity religion and life truths. He was the first pope from America and the first Jesuit pope. Pope Francis got appreciation from all corners of the world, diverse religions for his teachings on humility, and the importance of paying emphasis on God’s mercy. He was also regarded different because he followed a less strict approach to religion in comparison to his predecessors. Pope Francis was also famous for his simple living and high thinking approach, he opts for silver instead of gold for his ornaments.
Louis Farrakhan is an African-American religious leader, also a social commentator with a huge global audience. He is currently the Leader of the Nation of Islam.
Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian nation religious leader, who founded the Isha Foundation, society to bring peace and harmony in the world, via spiritual teachings. Besides this, the foundation has been working to take yoga to every part of the world, and run social & environmental initiatives.
The leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige is a renewed spiritual leader with thousands of followers worldwide.
9.Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI served the office as a pope from 1963 to 1978. He primarily focused on improving the lives of poor people after the third world war in North America and Europe
10.Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson is a renewed religious leader and spiritual head, of American originality
To Wrap Up
In the end, all the above leaders have put the hard efforts to bring peace and harmony in the world, and now the baton is in our hands to make that happen.