Philippe Barbarin

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His Eminence
Philippe Barbarin
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Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Lyon
Appointed 16 July 2002
Installed 14 September 2002
Predecessor Louis-Marie Billé
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of SS. Trinità al Monte Pincio
Ordination 17 December 1977
by Robert Marie-Joseph François de Provenchères
Consecration 22 November 1998
by Philibert Randriambololona
Created Cardinal 21 October 2003
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth name Philippe Xavier Ignace Barbarin
Born (1950-10-17) 17 October 1950 (age 64)
Rabat, Morocco
Nationality French
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin (born 17 October 1950) is a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, currently serving as Archbishop of Lyon in France. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003 and belongs to the conservative wing of the French episcopate.


Early life and ordination[edit]

Barbarin was born in 1950 in Rabat, Morocco (which was then a French protectorate) to a large family (six sisters, two of whom are nuns, and four brothers).[1] Barbarin studied for the priesthood in Paris. He was ordained on 17 December 1977, by Bishop Robert de Provenchères of Créteil.

Pastoral work[edit]

Barbarin was involved in pastoral work until 1994, when he taught theology in the Archdiocese of Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.

Bishop and Archbishop[edit]

On 1 October 1998, he was appointed Bishop of Moulins, and received his episcopal consecration on the following 22 November from the Jesuit Archbishop Philibert Randriambololona of Fianarantsoa (with Bishops André Quélen and Daniel Labille serving as co-consecrators). Barbarin was promoted to Archbishop of Lyon on 16 July 2002.


He was created Cardinal-Priest of SS. Trinità al Monte Pincio by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 October 2003. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI and the 2013 conclave which elected Pope Francis. In addition, Barbarin is eligible to participate in any conclaves that begin on or before his 80th birthday on 17 October 2030.

Barbarin, in addition to his native French, can speak Italian, English, Spanish, German, and Malagasy.


In 2010, Barbarin opened in Lyon a "bi-formalist" seminary (i.e. a seminary dedicated to both authorized forms of the Roman Rite: the present ordinary form and the 1962 extraordinary form of the Roman Rite). Another diocese in France, that of Toulon, already offered both forms. The Tridentine Mass is celebrated every day in conjunction with the community of the Saint-Georges Church,[2] which, after being abandoned in the 1970s, was renovated in 1989 by the diocese for priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to celebrate Mass in the older form. Auxiliary Bishop Jean-Pierre Batut was charged with administering the project.[3]


Cardinal Barbarin, suffered a double heart infarction in the plane from Lyon to 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. He was taken to a hospital in Cayenne, French Guiana, where he received a coronary angiography. He was transferred to Fort de France, Martinique, where he underwent a triple bypass operation on 23 July 2013. The coronary angiography showed that it was prudent to undergo the bypass to reduce the risk of reinfarction. It was decided that following the care and recovery, he will stay in Fort de France until his condition allows him to return to France.[4]


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Preceded by
Louis-Marie Cardinal Billé
Archbishop of Lyon
16 July 2002–present