Bernard Agré

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His Eminence

Bernard Agré
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Abidjan
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Appointed19 December 1994
Installed26 February 1995
Term ended2 May 2006
PredecessorBernard Yago
SuccessorJean-Pierre Kutwa
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto
Ordination20 July 1953
by Jean-Baptiste Boivin
Consecration3 October 1968
by Bernard Yago
Created cardinal21 February 2001
Personal details
Born(1926-03-02)2 March 1926
Monga, Ivory Coast
Died9 June 2014(2014-06-09) (aged 88)
Paris, France
DenominationRoman Catholic
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SeeAbidjan (emeritus)

Bernard Agré (2 March 1926 – 9 June 2014) was the archbishop of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and a cardinal of the Catholic Church.


He was educated at the Seminary of Bingerville where he studied philosophy, then the Major Seminary of Quidah, Dahomey, now Benin (theology) then finally from 1957–1960 at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome where he earned a doctorate summa cum laude in theology.

He was ordained to the priesthood on 20 July 1953, Bishop Jean Baptiste Boivin, S.M.A. Fr Agré served as a vicar in Dabou, teacher and director of the school, 1953–1956. Rector of the pre-seminary in Bingerville, 1956–1957. Pastor of Notre Dame in Treichville, 1960–1962. He was created Domestic prelate on 8 December. He also served as vicar general of Abidjan, in charge of private education and of the Seminaries, 1963–1968.

He was appointed bishop of Man on 8 June 1968 by Pope Paul VI. He served as president of the Regional Episcopal Conference of Western Africa, 1985–1991. Transferred to see of Yamoussoukro, 6 March 1992. Promoted to metropolitan see of Abidjan, 19 December 1994. He was created Cardinal-Priest of San Giovanni Crisostomo a Monte Sacro Alto on 21 February 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

As a cardinal under the age of 80 Agré was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. His resignation from the pastoral government of the archdiocese was accepted on 2 May 2006, in conformity to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

He was a member of the Mbatto people. Agré died in Paris on 9 June 2014.[1]


  1. ^ "Église catholique: Son Éminence Bernard Cardinal Agré rappelé à Dieu, ce lundi - FRATMAT.INFO, l'Actualité en continu" (in French). Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.