Chibly Langlois

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Chibly Langlois
Cardinal, Bishop of Les Cayes
President Ma and Chibly Langlois (17262956123) (cropped).jpg
Langlois in 2015
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
DioceseLes Cayes
Appointed15 August 2011
PredecessorGuire Poulard
Other post(s)
Ordination22 September 1991
by Guire Poulard
Consecration6 June 2004
by Hubert Constant
Created cardinal22 February 2014
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Born (1958-11-29) November 29, 1958 (age 64)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)Bishop of Fort-Liberté (2004-2011)
MottoServir Dieu et l'homme dans l'amour[1] (Serve God and humanity in love)[2]
Coat of armsChibly Langlois's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Chibly Langlois
Priestly ordination
Date22 September 1991
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorHubert Constant, OMI
Co-consecratorsGuire Poulard
Joseph Serge Miot
Date6 June 2004
Elevated byPope Francis
Date22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Chibly Langlois as principal consecrator
David Thomas Daniel Macaire, O.P.12 April 2015
Jean Désinord2 July 2016
Styles of
Chibly Langlois
Coat of arms of Chibly Langlois.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
Door of San Giacomo in Augusta, Rome, with plaques displaying the arms of Pope Francis (left) and those of Cardinal Langlois (right). (Despite the sign, San Giacomo is not actually a basilica.)

Chibly Langlois (French pronunciation: ​[lɑ̃glwa]; born 29 November 1958) is a Haitian cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has served as Bishop of Les Cayes since 15 August 2011, and is also president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference.

Pope Francis elevated Langlois to the College of Cardinals on 22 February 2014.[3] As of February 2023, Langlois is the first and only Haitian cardinal in history. He was the only new cardinal elevated in the February 2014 consistory who was not an archbishop.


Langlois was born in 1958 in La Vallée in southeast Haiti to a poor family.[4] Langlois entered the Grand Séminaire Notre-Dame of Port-au-Prince in 1985, where he studied philosophy and theology. Years later, from 1994 to 1996, he studied at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and obtained a licentiate in pastoral theology.[5]

He was ordained as priest for the diocese of Jacmel on 22 September 1991.[5][6]

On 8 April 2004 Langlois was appointed bishop of Fort-Liberté by Pope John Paul II.[7] On 15 August 2011 he was appointed bishop of Les Cayes by Pope Benedict XVI.[8]

When choosing to elevate Langlois to the College of Cardinals in 2014, Pope Francis bypassed many more senior Haitian bishops, including metropolitan archbishops Louis Kébreau and Guire Poulard.[9] At the time, Poulard was Langlois's superior in the ecclesiastical province of Port-au-Prince.

On 22 February 2014, Pope Francis appointed Langlois Cardinal-Priest of San Giacomo in Augusta.[10] This Roman church had never before been designated as the titular church of a Catholic cardinal. Cardinal Langlois took possession of his titular church on 7 June 2014.[11]

On 22 May 2014, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Langlois a member of both the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and Secretariat for Communications.[12]

Langlois was injured during the 2021 Haiti earthquake. He was at the bishop's residence when it partially collapsed during the quake. Langlois survived, but a priest and two employees were killed.[13] On June 8, 2022, Langlois was injured in a serious car accident. [14]

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  1. ^ "Cardinale CHIBLY LANGLOIS nella nostra Chiesa" [Cardinal CHIBLY LANGLOIS in our Church]. San Giacomo in Augusta (in Italian). 1 March 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Bishop Chibly Langlois". Catholic Relief Services. 1 June 2012. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. ^ Pope Francis announces names of new Cardinals - Vatican Radio, 12 January 2014
  4. ^ "Meet the Cardinals: Chibly Langlois - Les Cayes, Haiti". Salt and Light. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Haiti - Religion : Mgr. Chibly Langlois, new Bishop of Les Cayes". Haiti Libre. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Haiti's first cardinal-designate highlights nation's struggles". Catholic News Agency. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Provisio ecclesiarum" [Ecclesiastical provision] (PDF), Acta Apostolicae Sedis (in Latin), Rome, IT: Vatican, 96 (5): 318, 2004
  8. ^ "Provisio ecclesiarum" [Ecclesiastical provision] (PDF), Acta Apostolicae Sedis (in Latin), Rome, IT: Vatican, 103 (9): 624, 2011
  9. ^ "Bishops of Haiti by Liturgical Precedence". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Concistoro ordinario pubblico per la creatione dei nuovi cardinali: assegnazione dei titoli o delle diaconie ai nuovi porporati" [Ordinary public consistory for the creation of the new cardinals: allocation of titles or deaconries to the new prelates]. Holy See Press Office (in Italian). 22 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Una comunita in festa: Il Card. Chibly Langlois prende possesso del Titolo di San Giacomo" [A community in celebration: Card. Chibly Langlois takes possession of the Title of San Giacomo]. San Giacomo in Augusta (in Italian). 23 June 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Rinunce e nomine" [Renunciations and nominations]. Holy See Press Office (in Italian). 22 May 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Cardinal injured, priest dead after earthquake in Haiti". Catholic News Agency. 14 August 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  14. ^ |url=

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Fort-Liberte
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Les Cayes
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of San Giacomo in Augusta