Jean-Pierre Ricard

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Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard (2006)
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Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard (born September 26, 1944 in Marseille ) is a French clergyman and emeritus Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bordeaux . From 2001 to 2007 he was President of the French Bishops' Conference .


Ricard studied from 1965 to 1970 Catholic theology and philosophy in Paris and received on 5 October 1968 by the ore bishop of Marseille Georges Jacquot the sacrament of Holy Orders . In 1970 he became a doctor of theology doctorate and worked as parochial vicar. In 1984 he became Episcopal Vicar in Marseille-Süd, which he remained until 1988. From 1988 until his appointment as bishop he was Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Marseille .

On April 17, 1993 Pope appointed him John Paul II. To the titular of Pulcheriopolis and auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Grenoble . The Archbishop of Marseilles, Cardinal Robert Coffy , ordained him episcopal on June 6th of the same year; Co- consecrators were Louis Jean Dufaux , Bishop of Grenoble, and Jacques Fihey , Bishop of Coutances . On July 4, 1996 he was first coadjutor bishop in the diocese of Montpellier and with the resignation of Louis Antoine Marie Boffet on September 6 of the same year, his successor as bishop of this diocese . On December 21, 2001, John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Bordeaux , after he had already been elected President of the French Bishops' Conference in November of the same year, and a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei . His term of office as President of the French Bishops' Conference ended with the election of his successor André Vingt-Trois on November 5, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted him in the consistory on March 24, 2006 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Sant'Agostino in Campo Marzio in the college of cardinals . On October 6, 2006, he was elected Vice-President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences for five years . Cardinal Ricard took after the resignation of Benedict XVI. participated in the 2013 conclave .

Pope Francis accepted his age-related resignation on October 1, 2019.


Ricard became known, among other things, for his committed and balanced public appearance as chairman of the French Bishops' Conference during the weeks of riots and social unrest in many French cities in 2005.

2017 Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard was by the Cardinal - Grand Master Edwin Frederick O'Brien in the Equestrian Order of the Holy grave in Jerusalem received in the September 30, 2017 Cathedral of Bordeaux with the rank of Grand Officer invested in the Pontifical lay order.


Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard is a member of the following dicasteries of the Roman Curia :

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nomina dell'Arcivescovo Metropolita di Bordeaux (Francia). In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , December 21, 2001, accessed March 23, 2015 (Italian).
  2. ^ Rinuncia dell'Arcivescovo di Bordeaux (Francia). In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, October 1, 2019, accessed October 1, 2019 (Italian).
  3. Newsletter No. 48 , Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, autumn 2017, accessed on January 23, 2018
  4. ^ Nomine nel Pontificio Consiglio per la Promozione dell'Unità dei Cristiani. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, January 21, 2010, accessed October 1, 2019 (Italian).
  5. ^ Nomina di Membri della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, July 6, 2010, accessed October 1, 2019 (Italian).
predecessor Office successor
Louis Antoine Marie Boffet Bishop of Montpellier
Guy Thomazeau
Louis-Marie Cardinal Billé President of the French Bishops' Conference
André Cardinal Vingt-Trois
Pierre Cardinal Eyt Archbishop of Bordeaux
Jean-Paul James