Louis-Marie Billé

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Louis-Marie Billé
Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
PredecessorJean Marie Balland
SuccessorPhilippe Barbarin
Ordination25 March 1962
Consecration19 May 1984
Created cardinal21 February 2001
Personal details
Born(1938-02-18)18 February 1938
Died12 March 2002(2002-03-12) (aged 64)
Bordeaux, France
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Informal styleCardinal

Louis-Marie Billé (18 February 1938 – 12 March 2002) was a French clergyman, archbishop of Lyon from 6 September 1998 and a cardinal until his death in office.[1]


Billé was born in Orléans to Gabriel Léandre François Victor Billé and Madeleine Louise David.[2]

He studied Catholic Theology and Philosophy in Luçon, Angers (Catholic University of the West), Rome and Jerusalem, specialising in Biblical Theology. His career in the clergy began on 25 March 1962 when he was ordained priest for the diocese of Luçon.

From 1966 to 1972 he worked as a lecturer at the priests' seminary in Luçon, and from 1972 to 1977 he performed the same task at the seminary of La Roche-sur-Yon.[2]

Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Laval on 10 May 1984,[1] transferring him in 1995 to the diocese of Aix, Arles and Embrun.

He published Jean-Paul II avec l`Eglise de France - La vitalité de l`Evangile in 1997.[3]

He would become Archbishop of Lyon on 10 July 1998. On 21 February 2001 he was appointed to the College of Cardinals with the title of Cardinal-Priest of San Pietro in Vincoli. Later in the same year the title of Santissima Trinità al Monte Pincio was transferred to him.

Cardinal Billé died in Bordeaux on 12 March 2002 after a serious illness and was entombed in Lyon cathedral.[2] He was succeeded as Archbishop of Lyon by Bishop Philippe Barbarin.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Laval
10 May 1984 – 1995
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Aix, Arles and Embrun
1995 – 10 July 1998
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Lyon
10 July 1998 – 12 March 2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cardinal-Priest of the San Pietro in Vincoli
21/02 – 1/03/1998
Succeeded by