Louis-Marie Billé

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Archbishop Billé

Louis-Marie Cardinal Billé (born February 18, 1938 in Fleury-les-Aubrais , Loiret department , France , † March 12, 2002 in Bordeaux ) was Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of France .


Louis-Marie Billé studied Catholic theology and philosophy in Luçon , Angers , Rome and Jerusalem . He specialized in biblical theology and received on 25 March 1962, the sacrament of Holy Orders . From 1966 to 1972 he worked as a lecturer at the seminary of Luçon, from 1972 to 1977 he performed the same task at the seminary of La Roche-sur-Yon . From 1977 to 1980 he was responsible pastor for the French lay movement and also worked for the national council of priests in his home country.

From 1980 to 1984 Louis-Marie Billé served as Episcopal Vicar and Archdeacon of Haut Bocage . Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Laval on May 10, 1984 . He received his episcopal consecration on May 19, 1984, the Bishop of Luçon Charles-Auguste-Marie Paty ; Co- consecrators were his predecessor, Bishop Paul-Louis Carrière and the auxiliary bishop in Bordeaux , Jacques David .

In 1995, John Paul II was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Aix, Arles and Embrun . On July 10, 1998, Louis-Marie Billé became Archbishop of Lyon and thus “Primate of the Gauls”, an honorary title that made him the highest Catholic dignitary in France. On February 21, 2001, Pope John Paul II accepted him as a cardinal priest with the titular church of San Pietro in Vincoli in the college of cardinals . In the same year the titular church Santissima Trinità al Monte Pincio was given to him.

Louis-Marie Cardinal Billé died on March 12, 2002 of complications from cancer in Bordeaux and was buried in Lyon Cathedral.

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  1. a b Highest Catholic dignitary in France died. In: orf.at . March 12, 2002, accessed January 13, 2020 .
predecessor Office successor
Paul-Louis Carrière Bishop of Laval
Armand Maillard
Bernard Panafieu Archbishop of Aix
Claude Feidt
Joseph Duval President of the French Bishops' Conference
Jean-Pierre Cardinal Ricard
Jean Cardinal Balland Archbishop of Lyon
Philippe Cardinal Barbarin