Phạm Minh Mẫn

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His Eminence
Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn
Gioan Baotixia Phạm Minh Mẫn
Cardinal & Archbishop Emeritus of Thành-Phô Hô Chí Minh
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Appointed 1 March 1998
Term ended 22 March 2014 (Retired)
Predecessor Paul Nguyễn Văn Bình
Successor Paul Bùi Văn Đọc
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino
Ordination 25 May 1965
by Jacques Nguyễn Ngọc Quang
Consecration 11 August 1993
by Emmanuel Lê Phong Thuận
Created Cardinal 21 October 2003
by John Paul II
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn
Born (1934-03-05) 5 March 1934 (age 83)
Cà Mau, Vietnam
Nationality Vietnamese
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto Sicut dilexi (English: As I have loved; Vietnamese: Như thầy yêu thương)
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Informal style Cardinal
See Ho Chi Minh City (emeritus)

Jean-Baptiste Phạm Minh Mẫn (Vietnamese: Gioan Baotixia Phạm Minh Mẫn) (born 5 March 1934)[1] is a cardinal priest and archbishop emeritus of Ho Chi Minh City in the Roman Catholic Church.


Born in Cà Mau, Vietnam, Asia, Mẫn studied in Cần Thơ and Saigon, and was ordained a priest on 25 May 1965, serving the diocese of Cần Thơ.[citation needed]

After studying in the United States, Mẫn taught in Vietnam for a number of years. In 1993, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mỹ Tho and promoted to Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City in 1998. He officiated at a mass in La Vang in 1998 for the 200th anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary, the largest Vietnamese Catholic event up to that time.[2]

Mẫn was elevated to cardinal in the consistory of 21 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II, and was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.

On 7 March 2013, Mẫn was the last cardinal to arrive to attend the 2013 papal conclave to select the successor to Pope Benedict XVI.[3] The conclave subsequently elected Pope Francis.

On Saturday, 28 September 2013, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc, previously (since 1999) serving as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mỹ Tho, Vietnam (one of the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City's suffragan dioceses), as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese. [4]

On 22 March 2014, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Mẫn due to age limit. Coadjutor Archbishop Paul Bùi Văn Đọc succeeded him as Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City. [5]


  • 5 Mar 1934: Born in Ca Mau
  • 25 May 1965: Ordained Priest
  • 22 Mar 1993: Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mỹ Tho
  • 11 Aug 1993: Ordained Bishop
  • 1 Mar 1998: Appointed Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City
  • 21 Oct 2003: Appointed Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino
  • 23 Nov 2003: Installed Cardinal-Priest of San Giustino
  • 22 Mar 2014: Retired Archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City


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