Clément Roques

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Clément-Émile Roques
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Clément-Émile Roques (December 8, 1880—September 4, 1964) was a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Rennes from 1940 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1946 by Pope Pius XII.[1]

Clément Roques


Born in Graulhet, Clément-Émile Roques studied at the seminary in Albi and the Catholic Institute of Toulouse before being ordained to the priesthood on April 2, 1904. He then served as a professor, administrator, the prefect of studies, and superior of the seminary of Barral, in Castres, until 1929.

On April 15, 1929, Roques was appointed Bishop of Montauban by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 24 from Archbishop Pierre-Celestin Cézerac, with Archbishop Jules-Géraud Saliège and Bishop Charles Challiol serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Albi. Roques was later named Archbishop of Aix on December 24, 1934, and Archbishop of Rennes on May 11, 1940.

Pope Pius XII created him Cardinal Priest of S. Balbina in the consistory of February 18, 1946. He was papal legate to the 1947 National Eucharistic Congress in Nantes, and to the 1956 Congress in his see of Rennes. A cardinal elector in the 1958 papal conclave, Roques lived long enough to only attend the first two sessions of the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1963, and participate in the conclave of 1963 that selected Pope Paul VI. During his tenure as Archbishop, the Cardinal confirmed three miracles attributed to Our Lady of Lourdes.[2]

Roques died in Rennes, at age 83. He is buried in the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Peter.


  1. ^ Jean-Louis Clément Les évêques au temps de Vichy - Page 22 "Mgr Clément Roques, archevêque d'Aix-en-Provence, ..."
  2. ^ The Work of God. Approved Miracles

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Pierre-Alexandre Marty
Bishop of Montauban
Succeeded by
Eli-Antoine Durand
Preceded by
Emmanuel Coste
Archbishop of Aix
Succeeded by
Florent-Joseph du Bois de la Villerabel
Preceded by
René-Pierre Mignen
Archbishop of Rennes
Succeeded by
Paul Gouyon