Jean Marie Balland

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His Eminence
Jean Balland
Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Archdiocese of Lyon
Ordination 3 September 1961
Consecration 12 December 1982
Created cardinal 21 February 1998
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1934-07-26)26 July 1934
Bué, France
Died 1 March 1998(1998-03-01) (aged 63)
Lyon, France
Coat of arms Jean Balland's coat of arms

Styles of
Jean Marie Balland
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Lyon

Jean Marie Julien Balland (26 July 1934 in Bué, Cher, France – 1 March 1998 in Lyon) was a Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Lyon.

Early life[edit]

He entered the seminary and later attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he earned a licentiate in philosophy in 1956, and in theology. He later attended the Sorbonne University in Paris where he graduated with doctorates in philosophy and theology. He was ordained on 3 September 1961.

After his ordination he was a faculty member of the seminary where he was ordained from 1962–1968. He was transferred, teaching at Tours from 1967–1973.


Pope John Paul II appointed him as Bishop of Dijon on 6 November 1982. He was transferred to the Metropolitan see of Reims in 1988. He was appointed as the Archbishop of Lyon on 27 May 1995. Archbishop Balland was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest in the consistory of 21 February 1998 with the titular church of San Pietro in Vincoli.

He died in 1998, eight days after becoming a cardinal.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Jacques Eugène Louis Ménager
Archbishop of Reims
Succeeded by
Gérard Denis Auguste Defois
Preceded by
Albert Decourtray
Archbishop of Lyon
27 May 1995 – 1 March 1998
Succeeded by
Louis-Marie Billé
Preceded by
Leo Joseph Suenens
Cardinal-Priest of the San Pietro in Vincoli
21/02 – 1/03/1998
Succeeded by
Louis-Marie Billé