Bernard Panafieu

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Bernard Panafieu (left) and Bishop Nicolas Brouwet (2009)
Cardinal's coat of arms

Bernard Louis Auguste Paul Cardinal Panafieu (born January 26, 1931 in Châtellerault ; † November 12, 2017 in Carpentras ) was a French clergyman, Archbishop of Marseille and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church .


Bernard Panafieu, son of bank director André Panafieu, studied philosophy and Catholic theology in Albi and Issy-les-Moulineaux and received the sacrament of ordination for the Archdiocese of Albi on April 22, 1956 . He then worked as a parish chaplain, school chaplain, student pastor and from 1973 as general secretary of the Albi Priestly Council .

On April 18, 1974, Pope Paul VI appointed him . the titular bishop of Thibilis and ordered him to auxiliary bishop in Annecy . He was ordained bishop on June 9, 1974 by the Archbishop of Albi, Claude Marie Joseph Dupuy ; Co - consecrators were Jean-Baptiste Sauvage , Bishop of Annecy, and Henri Clément Victor Donze , Bishop of Lourdes . On November 30, 1978 Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Aix-en-Provence and on August 24, 1994 as Coadju Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Marseille, whose leadership he took over in April 1995.

On October 21, 2003, John Paul II accepted Panafieu as a cardinal priest with the titular church of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane in the college of cardinals . Cardinal Panafieu was a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace . He took part in the 2005 conclave in which Benedict XVI. was elected Pope. At the conclave in 2013 Cardinal did not take part Panafieu more, as he had at the time already exceeded the age limit of 80 years.

When he reached the age limit for bishops in the Codex iuris canonici , he offered Benedict XVI. in 2006 his resignation, which he accepted on May 12 of the same year. Bernard Panafieu was a member of the Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem . Cardinal Panafieu died of pneumonia in November 2017 after being ill for several years .

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Individual evidence

  1. Cardinal Panafieu has passed away. Vatican Radio , November 13, 2017, accessed November 13, 2017 .
  2. ^ Nomina di Membri dei Dicasteri della Curia Romana. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , November 24, 2003, accessed November 13, 2017 (Italian).
  3. ^ Rinuncia dell'Arcivescovo Metropolita di Marseille (Francia) e Nomina del Successore. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, May 12, 2006, accessed November 13, 2017 (Italian).
predecessor Office successor
Charles-Marie-Joseph-Henri de Provenchères (fr) Archbishop of Aix
Louis-Marie Billé
Robert-Joseph Cardinal Coffy Archbishop of Marseille
Georges Pontier