Bernard Panafieu

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His Eminence
Bernard Louis Auguste Paul Panafieu
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Marseille
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Cardinal Panafieu (left) with Bishop Brouwet (right) at a press conference.
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Marseille
Installed 22 April 1995
Term ended 12 May 2006
Predecessor Cardinal Robert-Joseph Coffy
Successor Georges Pontier
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane
Ordination 22 April 1956
Consecration 9 June 1974
Created Cardinal 21 October 2003
by John Paul II
Rank Cardinal
Personal details
Born (1931-01-26) 26 January 1931 (age 86)
Châtellerault France
Nationality French
Motto Parare Viam Domini
Coat of arms
Styles of
Bernard Panafieu
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Marseilles

Bernard Louis Auguste Paul Panafieu (born 26 January 1931 in Châtellerault; About this sound pronunciation ) is a French Roman Catholic Cardinal.


He was ordained on 22 April 1956 for the archdiocese of Albi, serving as a vicar and chaplain of the lyceum La Pérouse. He was also the chaplain of the university parish, chaplain of students in Toulouse, 1967–1970 and secretary general of the presbyteral council from 1973–1974.

He was appointed titular bishop of Tibili and appointed auxiliary bishop of Annecy, 18 April 1974. He was promoted to the metropolitan see of Aix by Pope Paul VI on 30 November 1978. He was named coadjutor bishop of succession of Marseille on 24 August 1994. He succeeded to the archbishopric of Marseille on 22 April 1995. He served as the first Metropolitan archbishop when Marseille was elevated to that rank on 16 December 2002.

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of San Gregorio Barbarigo alle Tre Fontane in the consistory of 2003 by Pope John Paul II. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. He is currently Archbishop Emeritus of Marseille.

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