Claude Rault

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Bishop Claude Rault (2004)

Claude Jean Narcisse Rault MAfr (born November 28, 1940 in Poilly , Département Marne , France ) is a French religious and emeritus Roman Catholic Bishop of Laghouat in Algeria.


Rault studied philosophy at the Major Seminary in Coutances and then entered the novitiate of the White Fathers in Gap . On June 18, 1966 , he took the oath of mission and began studying theology in Ottawa ( Canada ). He completed his training at the seminary of the White Fathers in Vals-près-le-Puy (France). He was ordained a priest in Coutances on June 29, 1968 .

After his ordination he was an economist in the novitiate in Gap from 1968 to 1970. He then studied Arabic at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome (1971–1972).

After his posting to the diocese of Laghouat, he worked as a pastor in the parishes of Ghardaia, Touggourt and Ouargla from 1972 to 1993. In 1987 he became vicar general of the diocese. He held this office under Bishop Michel Gagnon until 1999. Since 1999 he was Provincial of the White Fathers for Algeria and Tunisia .

Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Laghouat on October 26, 2004. He was ordained bishop on December 16 of the same year by the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue , Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald MAfr. Co- consecrators were the Archbishop of Algiers , Henri Teissier , and the Bishop of Ségou , Augustin Traoré . The inauguration in the diocese of Laghouat took place three days later.

On March 16, 2017, Pope Francis accepted his age-related resignation.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rinuncia del Vescovo di Laghouat (Algeria) e nomina del successore. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , March 16, 2017, accessed March 16, 2017 (Italian).
predecessor Office successor
Michel-Joseph-Gérard Gagnon MAfr Bishop of Laghouat
John Gordon MacWilliam MAfr